Jin Kyun Park, M.D., Ph.D., received his medical degree from Heidelberg University in Germany. He pursued a two-year postdoctoral study in Immunology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and then Emory University in Atlanta, GA, focusing on the role of T cell senescence in acute coronary syndrome. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Florida and a clinical fellowship in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University, he joined the faculty in the Division of Rheumatology at Seoul National University, Korea.

He joined the Vasculitis Translational Research Program at NIAMS under Dr. Peter Grayson as a special volunteer to study the immunopathogenesis of large vessel vasculitis.

His current research focuses on understanding the link between cancer, infection, and rheumatic diseases. He has developed an interest in inflammatory and non-inflammatory vasculopathy associated with rheumatic connective tissue diseases. In addition, he is actively involved in numerous clinical studies in rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and myositis.

In the last few years, he has contributed to several landmark vaccination trials in patients with rheumatic diseases. The findings helped inform in the current vaccination guidelines. 

Research Statement

Dr. Park is actively researching the role of interleukin-6 receptor polymorphism in the pathogenesis and treatment response of giant cell arteritis. Additionally, he conducts studies on the contribution of individual immune cells to vasculitis within a spatial context, employing spatial transcriptome analysis.

Furthermore, he focuses on ongoing investigations into vaccine response among patients with rheumatic diseases with a particular emphasis on understanding how immunosuppressants may impact vaccine effectiveness.

Scientific Publications

Effect of the methotrexate discontinuation for 1 versus 2 weeks on vaccine response to seasonal influenza vaccine in rheumatoid arthritis: a noninferiority randomized controlled trial.

Park JK, Lee YJ, Kang EH, Shin K, Kim MJ, Ha YJ, Choi SR, Park JW, Kim MH, Kim JY, Jung JI, Choi Y, Winthrop KL, Lee EB
Arthritis Rheumatol.
2023 Jul 6;
doi: 10.1002/art.42644
PMID: 37410775

Increased risk of congenital malformations in offspring born to women with systemic lupus erythematosus in South Korea: a nationwide population-based study.

Jung YM, Park JK, Oh MJ, Park CW, Park JS, Jun JK, Lee SM, Cho GJ
RMD Open.
2023 Jun;
doi: 10.1136/rmdopen-2022-002916
PMID: 37270202

Reliability and validity of PROMIS physical function, pain interference, and fatigue as patient reported outcome measures in adult idiopathic inflammatory myopathies: International study from the OMERACT myositis working group.

DiRenzo D, Saygin D, de Groot I, Bingham Iii CO, Lundberg IE, Needham M, Park JK, Regardt M, Sarver C, Song YW, Maxwell L, Beaton D, de Visser M, Christopher-Stine L, Mecoli CA, Alexanderson H
Semin Arthritis Rheum.
2023 Feb;
doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2022.152111
PMID: 36410180

A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Parallel-Group Trial on the Effects of Temporary Methotrexate Discontinuation for One Week Versus Two Weeks on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Park JK, Lee YJ, Shin K, Kang EH, Ha YJ, Park JW, Kim MJ, Kim MH, Choi SR, Jung Y, Lee JH, In Jung J, Kim JY, Winthrop KL, Lee EB
Arthritis Rheumatol.
2023 Feb;
doi: 10.1002/art.42318
PMID: 35930728

Proliferative Vasculopathy Associated With Antiphospholipid Antibodies in Patients With Neurological Symptoms.

Yeo J, Hwang I, Sohn CH, Lee EE, Lee ST, Lee EB, Park JK
Front Med (Lausanne).
doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.913203
PMID: 35795628

Angiographic characteristics of vasculopathy in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies and systemic sclerosis.

Yeo J, Park EA, Lee EB, Park JK
Sci Rep.
2022 May 31;
doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-12991-y
PMID: 35641535


Department of Molecular Medicine and Biopharmaceutical Science, The Graduate School, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea  
Ph.D. (2018)

Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg, Germany  
M.D. (2003) 


Postdoctoral Fellowship 
National Institutes of Health, NIAMS (2023 - present) 

Rheumatology Division
Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea (2012- present) 

Rheumatology Fellowship 
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA (2008-2012) 

Residency Training 
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA (2008-2008) 

Postdoctoral Fellowship 
Lowance Center for Human Immunology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, (2004-2005) 

Postdoctoral Fellowship 
College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA (2003)

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