Andrea Seung Kim

Andrea received her Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization with a concentration in 3D modeling, UI/UX design and development of interactive medical technology. She delivers analysis of biomedical applications across 3D platforms such as augmented and virtual reality in her current position at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Research Fellow in Medical Mixed Reality for the Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability (DIDSR) in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

Currently, Andrea’s research interests include:

1) development and design of novel benchmark testing for extended reality (XR) applications, and 2) reliability and performance testing of existing medical HMDs and other immersive devices used in medicine.

Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, and her previous work experience includes over three years of clinical research and regulatory training in cardiothoracic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. She has held national certification (CCRC) in clinical research by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.


She also accepts traditional or digital medical illustration commissions; Andrea's illustrations have been published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (2015) and Northwestern Public Health Review (2017).



  1. 1st Place in Serious Games & Virtual Environments, Best in Show Award for Student Category (2019, January). “Virtual reality training simulation for learning hands and forearm anatomy.” IMSH 2019 SimVentors Showcase, Presented by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), San Antonio, TX.

  2. Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Award (2018, April). 46th Annual Awards, Presented by Chancellor Amiridis, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.


  1. Andrea S. Kim, Wei-Chung Cheng, Ryan Beams, Aldo Badano. “Color Rendering in Medical Extended-Reality Applications.” (accepted, Journal of Digital Imaging).

  2. Ryan Beams, Brendan Collins, Andrea S. Kim, Aldo Badano. "Angular Dependence of the Spatial Resolution in Virtual Reality Displays." (2020, March). 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), 836-841.

  3. Ryan Beams, Andrea S. Kim, Aldo Badano (2020, February). “Eyebox centering using chromatic aberrations of virtual reality head-mounted displays." Optical Architectures for Displays and Sensing in Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality (AR, VR, MR). International Society for Optics and Photonics, volume 11310 p. 1131009.

  4. Ryan Beams, Andrea S. Kim, Aldo Badano (2019, September). “Measurement of transverse chromatic aberrations in virtual reality headsets.” Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS, pp. JW3A-88. OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America).

  5. Ryan Beams, Andrea S. Kim, Aldo Badano (2019, September). “Transverse chromatic aberration in virtual reality head-mounted displays.” Optics Express, 27(18), pp. 24877-24884.

  6. Ryan Beams, Andrea S. Kim, Wei-Chung Cheng, Aldo Badano (2019, June). “38-1: Transverse chromatic aberrations in virtual reality devices.” SID Symposium Digest of Technical Papers, 50(1), pp.524-526.

Poster Presentations:

  1. Andrea S. Kim, Ryan Beams, Ellenor Brown, Wei-Chung Cheng, Kyoko Fujimoto, Janell Joyner, Kimberly Kontson, Paul Lemaillet, Trent Robertson, and Aldo Badano (2020, March). "Medical Extended Reality (MXR) Research at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration." Poster Session presented at the 2020 FDA Public Workshop - Medical Extended Reality: Toward Best Evaluation Practices for Virtual and Augmented Reality in Medicine, Silver Spring, M.D.

  2. Ryan Beams, Andrea S. Kim, Wei-Chung Cheng, Aldo Badano (2019, September). “Display performance characterization of virtual and augmented reality devices for medicine.” Poster Session presented at the 2019 FDA Science Forum, Silver Spring, M.D.

  3. Andrea S. Kim, Ryan Beams, Wei-Chung Cheng, Aldo Badano (2019, June). “Colour effects in the rendering of mixed-reality scenes.” Poster Session presented at the CIE 2019 29th Quadrennial Session, Washington, D.C.

  4. Andrea S. Kim (2017, August). "Heart medicine inspired by Saw-Scaled Viper (Echis carinatus)." Poster Session Presented at the the Association of Medical Illustrators 2017 Annual Conference, Austin, T.X.


  1. Andrea S. Kim (2019, July). “Augmented & Virtual Reality in Medicine.” Seminar presented at the 2019 FDA Fellows Association Summer Seminar Series, Silver Spring, M.D.

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(Updated October, 2019)

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