Bio – Shim, Walton


Walton K.T. Shim, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.


Title:    Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Director of Surgical Education at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
Specialty:    Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Walton Shim is a Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery. Administratively he is the Director of Surgical Education at KMCWC where he coordinates and participates in the Division of Pediatric Surgery training JABSOM surgical and pediatric residents. He serves on the Dept. of Surgery Promotions and Resident Evaluation Committee. His teaching efforts are with both pre-medical and medical students through courses Surg. 545K (Pediatric Surgery sub internship) and MDED 574 (Clinical Skills, GI subunit).

Dr. Shim attended Iolani School followed by Dartmouth College. He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received his pediatric fellowship training at Northwestern’s Childrens’ Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He returned to Hawaii in 1947 to practice Pediatric surgery and as a member of the surgical faculty of the medical school. He retired after 47 years from clinical practice, but remains active on the surgical and pediatric faculties.

Dr. Shim’s research accomplishments have been achieved through participation in Course Surg. 545U/ ME645 which is a course collaboration between the Surgical Department and the UH School of Engineering. Under the auspices of this course and with team of graduate engineering students he developed a conceptual programmable abdominal simulation manikin called SmarTummy ®. For this invention a First Prize award of $17,500 was granted by the Pacific and Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), Shidler Business College of the U of H. in 2013 followed by a Third Place Award of $10,000 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2014. SmarTummy reached the finals in the 2014 California Dreamin’ Contest of Chapman University. SmarTummy has been awarded 2 United States patents: #9,087,458B2 and #9,117,377B2.

Dr. Shim is a member of the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) for which for he served as President in 2014. He is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons (Pres. 1981). He is also a Medical Director for AlohaCare which replaces his clinical practice of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on the Board of Directors of Palolo Chinese Home. Among his interests are hunting, tennis, writing, antiques, sausage making, vegetable gardening and grandfathering. His favorite aphorisms are: “Life requires eternal vigilance” and “Not all change is progress”. His most remembered piece of literature is Rudyard Kipling’s “If”, from which he likes best, “If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth, and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—You’ll be a man, my son”.