Honoring AAPI Leaders: Dr. Julie Sim | Torrance Memorial

Published on May 04, 2022

Honoring AAPI Leaders: Dr. Julie Sim

Julie Sim, MD

What is your position at Torrance Memorial?  What made you want to work at Torrance Memorial?

Dr. Julie Sim (JS): I am a breast radiologist and Co-Clinical Breast Imaging Director at the Hunt Cancer Institute. This is my first job out of fellowship. I have been working at Torrance Memorial since 2007. Right away, I noticed how welcoming the staff are and how happy they are to be working at Torrance Memorial. 

What experience or person influenced you to choose your career?

JS: During a trip to Kenya, my pastor pulled me aside and told me that I should become a doctor. He told me that I may not realize it, but I was a natural leader and that I could make a real difference. 

How has your heritage shaped the person you are today?

JS: My Korean heritage is an integral part of who I am and how I see the world. There is a Korean concept called "jeong" which is a kind of love, loyalty, bonding, and deep attachment to one another - a shared feeling of belonging among Koreans. In a similar way, I have over the years developed "jeong" for my Torrance Memorial community. 

Does your family have any traditions that are especially important to you?

 JS: Elders are highly honored in Korean culture and we live in multigenerational homes. My kids get to experience growing up with their grandparents in one household. They are learning how to show respect and honor toward their elders. 

What does Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month mean to you?

JS: It is an acknowledgement that we are part of America. 

Which historical or contemporary AAPI figure do you admire?

JS: I admire Min Jin Lee, a Korean American author. 

What is your favorite dish that represents your culture?

JS: Budae Jjigae (Army Stew). It originated after the Korean war when food was scarce. Koreans used ingredients from American military bases to create the stew. Koreans are really good at taking a difficult situation and turning it around for the better. They are survivors.