Dr. Dai Kimura

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Kimura graduated from Tohoku University, School of Medicine in Japan in 1997, followed by a training to be a pediatric surgeon in Japan. He changed his career to be a pediatric intensivist, and had a Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesia training in National children’s medical center in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Kimura moved to the United States in 2004, and completed fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care in Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida in 2007, followed by a senior fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine in Miami Children’s Hospital. He was a Pediatric Resident in Miami Children’s Hospital from 2008 to 2011 prior to joining the University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty in January, 2012.

Dr. Kimura‘s research interests lie in hypercapnia, lung injury and sepsis. His work during his pediatric critical care medicine fellowship was presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and chosen as a Research Citation Finalist. His in vitro study demonstrated high CO2 suppressed the production of both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines compared to normal CO2 level after endotoxin stimulation.


  1. The effects of CO2 on cytokine concentrations in endotoxin-stimulated human whole blood. Kimura D, Totapally BR, Raszynski A, Ramachandran C, Torbati D. Crit Care Med. 2008 Oct;36(10):2823-7.
  2. Immunological response to (1,4)-alpha-D-glucan in the lung and spleen of endotoxin-stimulated juvenile rats. Velazquez EA, Kimura D, Torbati D, Ramachandran C, Totapally BR. Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2009 Nov;105(5):301-6.
  3. Does hypercapnia ameliorate hyperoxia-induced lung injury in neonatal rats? MacCarrick MJ, Torbati D, Kimura D, Raszynski A, Zeng W, Totapally BR. Lung. 2010 Jun;188(3):235-40.
  4. Admission and Treatment Factors Associated with the Duration of Acidosis in Children with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Kimura D, Raszynski A. Totapally BR. Pediatr Emerg Care. (Accepted, Jan 2012)

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Department of Pediatrics

Critical Care Division

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Children's Foundation
Research Center
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Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-287-6303