Korean American Medical Association

Member Biography

Chairman of the Board of Directors, KAMA

Chester J. Koh, MD, FACS, FAAP

Professor of Urology, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Chester Koh is a pediatric urologist and “physicianeer” at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), and Professor of Urology, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He serves as a board member and past president of KAMA Texas, and currently serves as the chairperson of the board for national KAMA. He also holds adjunct titles at USC, UT Houston, and in the Rice University Department of Bioengineering, and serves as an External Advisory Board Member for the Texas A&M Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as a member of the TMC Venture Fund Investment Advisory Committee. Dr. Koh received his B.S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed his urology residency at USC, and his pediatric urology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School.

His clinical area of expertise is in minimally invasive surgery in children, especially with robotic surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery, and the device needs in this area. Dr. Koh serves as the Director of the Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program at TCH / BCM as well as the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Director.

He is also the founder, contact principal investigator, and executive director of the Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (SWPDC) which is a FDA P50 grant-supported multi-institutional consortium that includes TCH and BCM, Texas A&M, Rice, University of Houston, and Fannin Innovation Studio. SWPDC is dedicated to improving children’s health by supporting pediatric device innovators in creating novel pediatric medical devices with local, regional, and national institutional and innovation partners.