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Samsung Medical Center

Korea, Seoul

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Samsung Medical Center
is one of the most technologically advanced medical centers in the world. Opened in 1994, this clinic became the implementation of a unique "patient-oriented" concept.

For 20 years of practice the whole world came to know about the Samsung medical center.

For 14 times it received the first place in the rating of the National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI), 16 times the leader in the value of the Korean Customer Satisfaction Index (KCSI), 12 times in a row held an honorable first place in the Quality of Service Index (KS-SQI), and 12 times it was chosen as the main medical brand of Korea.

Today, Samsung Medical center is not just a multi-disciplinary clinic, but a hub of future medicine and a global research center.  Technologies and equipment in the Samsung clinic have surpassed what is considered to be innovation in the best medical institutions of the world.

In addition, in 2012 the clinic proclaimed the concept of "Vision 2020: happiness through health innovation" and is making progress to become a leading hospital in the world.

The infrastructure of Samsung clinic

The medical center of Samsung consists of the main building, extension and the Oncology Clinic. In additionthe Proton Center was put into operation in 2014, the construction of the “Ilvon” building and the Outpatient Treatment Center, which is also due to be completed in 2019.

The main building of the clinic is 200 thousand square meters, 20 elevated floors and 5 underground floors. The structure of the clinic includes 40 departments, 10 specialized centers, 120 specialized clinics and 1,306 beds. The Samsung Oncology Center is located in a 19-storey building (11 above ground and 8 underground), an area of ​​more than 100 thousand ㎡. There are 655 beds in the cancer center.

The Samsung Medical Center is a fully automated medical facility of a new generation that has completely switched to paperless work. The clinic has the world's largest PACS program (file transfer and file archiving system), as well as EMR software (electronic medical records).

Cooperation of Samsung Hospital with the leading institutions of the world

The undisputed advantage of the Samsung clinic is its cooperation and active exchange of experience with the best medical institutions of the world. For example, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (USA), joint image processing centers for the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases were established. In one of these centers for the first time in Asia, a 32-channel spiral MRI was purchased.

In addition to the Mayo Clinic, Samsung cooperates with such medical giants as Johns Hopkins Medical Center (USA), Anderson Cancer Center (USA), Zedars Sinai Hospital (USA) and medical centers of Argentina, China, Japan, Egypt and Vietnam.

Medical Center Samsung is a world leader in following areas of medicine:

  • oncology;
  • transplantology;
  • neurosurgery;
  • cardiovascular surgery.

Also, the clinic demonstrates the highest survival rates of premature babies birth in the world (above 50% for strongly premature babies). Department of Pediatrics and Infant Care of the Hospital Samsung managed to save a premature baby, who was delivered on the 25th week of pregnancy with a weight of only 380 grams.

Samsung Medical center in figures:

  • 2 027 211 outpatients;
  • 76,496 patients in critical condition, approximately 210 per day;
  • approximately 1400 doctors;
  • about 2,600 nurses;
  • 200 outstanding researchers;
  • 3,700 pharmacists and medical engineers;
  • 85 208 stationary patients, about 230 patients on  daily basis;
  • 1,979 beds;
  • 45,800 operations performed;
  • 1135 scientific publications;
  • 1305 research projects in the plans;
  • 2457 ongoing research.

Achievements of the Samsung clinic for 2016 & early 2017:

  • For the first time in Asia, a successful implantation of LVAD of the third generation (devices of mechanical circulation support) for elderly patients was carried out.
  • For the first time, a genetic disorder causing amyotrophy in the limbs and facial paralysis has been identified.
  • The world's first clinical types of advanced gastric cancer have been identified.
  • Samsung's pharmacy center was recognized for the global effectiveness of the use of chemotherapeutic drugs.
  • An improved version of the CHOOStent stent - GI CHOO.
  • Methods have been developed for personalized genomic cancer therapy.
  • 1000th procedure of ECMO (extended artificial circulation and oxygen saturation with blood) was performed.
  • 3000th microvascular decompression was performed in case of hemifacial spasm and trigeminal neuralgia.
  • The International Training Center was opened by the Gamma Knife Center.
  • For the first time in the world, mutational patterns have been identified in the brain tumor, which promotes the development of genomic therapy.
  • The 2000th kidney transplant was performed.
  • Methods have been developed for personalized treatment and control of genome-based cancer development using Tgen.
  • For the first time in the world, atypical Singleton-Merten syndrome was detected.
  • For the first time an operation was performed on liver transplantation from a live donor.
  • Due to the conducted radiofrequency ablation, 96.1% of patients with kidney cancer who had been contraindicated in the operation did not show a relapse within 2 years.
  • Successful treatment of the "open arterial duct" in micro-premature babies with conservative methods, without the use of drug and surgical treatment.
  • 1000th endoscopic operation of the brain tumor was performed.
  • The 200th heart transplant was performed (20% of heart transplants in Korea are performed by the Samsung center).
  • Due to the detection of the target gene of the malignant brain tumor, variants of personalized treatment were found due to the specific analysis of the evolution of gene mutations of the tumor.
  • It is determined that thoracoscopic arrhythmia surgery increases the probability of arrhythmia treatment success to 92%.

Features of the Clinic

Cancer Treatment in Samsung

Samsung Medical Center
The oncology clinic of the Samsung Medical Center is the largest in Asia. It is also the first clinic in Korea to provide comprehensive medical care for all types of cancer (from prevention and examination to treatment and rehabilitation, education, and research).
After the purchase of equipment for proton therapy, the Medical Center of Samsung staffed a full range of all possible methods of cancer therapy: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy.

The research center Samsung is also exploring the possibilities of gene therapy, new methods of immune therapy as well as bone marrow transplantation.

For the early diagnosis in the clinic there is a PET-CT device.

Center for Colorectal Cancer in Oncology clinic of Samsung is recognized as the # 1 rating in the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment by the Agency for Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Insurance. 

Also, the Oncology Clinic is leading in the treatment of oncohematological diseases and bone marrow transplantation. One of the developments of the clinic is a new assessment scale, which allows predicting changes in the condition of patients with extranodal NK / T-cell lymphoma.
The structure of the medical institution includes specialized centers for each of the most common types of cancer.

Statistics of specialized cancer centers Samsung:

  • more than 100 surgical procedures for telescopic removal of cancerous tumors in patients with early oncology of the lungs annually;
  • 500 patients a year with oncology of female organs, 350 performed annually;
  • 200 new pediatric patients with oncological diseases, 90-100 stem cell transplant procedures per year;
  • 1800 operations for gastric oncology and 1500 surgical procedures for colorectal cancer (this is the world record for the number of cases of surgical treatment of these diseases).

Unique achievements of the Samsung clinic in the fight against cancer:

  • the survival rate in the clinic Samsung after stem cell transplantation is one of the highest among the world's clinics;
  • the success rate of treatment of children with leukemia is 82%;
  • survival in the diagnosis of acute leukemia reaches 50.7%;
  • the percentage of successful stem cell transplant is 68% (higher than the US average).

Organ Transplantation in the Samsung Clinic

In the clinic Samsung transplantation of the lungs, heart, kidney, liver, small intestine, heart valves, bones, skin and cornea, etc are carried out. It is possible to transplant living and dead organs.
Achievements of the department of transplantology:

  • the percentage of liver transplant success in Samsung is one of the highest in the world;
  • here for the first time in Korea, a bloodless liver transplantation, transplantation of homogeneous pancreatic tissue, intestinal and liver transplantation to a 3 month old child;
  • the 5-year survival rate after the liver transplant procedure is 95%.

Cardiovascular Surgery in Samsung

Samsung Medical Center is the leader in the successful and effectiveness of coronary artery bypass grafting according to Agency for Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Insurance.
Clinic Samsung is the author of many discoveries and developments in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. For example, Samsung researchers for the first time in the world found that the cause of complaints of chest pain in patients with severe stenosis of the aortic valve is due to reduction in function of the capillaries, resulting from hypertrophy of the left ventricle.
Also for the first time in Korea successful balloon angioplasty to a patient with chronic thrombotic pulmonary hypertension was performed in the Cardio-cerebrovascular clinic of Samsung 

Neurosurgery in the clinic Samsung

The Neurosurgery Department of Samsung hospital is the leader in Korea and the leading center of the world in terms of success rates, experience and technologies used.

Experience of neurosurgeons Samsung in figures:

  • more than 3500 procedures for the therapy of brain tumors, cerebrovascular diseases, spinal cord diseases, pediatric neurological diseases and functional disorders of the brain;
  • more than 20 000 outpatients;
  • 600 surgical procedures in the treatment of hemorrhagic, ischemic and cerebrovascular diseases;
  • more than 500 procedures for the treatment of spinal nerve diseases, including treatment of spinal tumors;
  • less than 1% of postoperative complications in the form of paralysis.

To ensure the ultra-precise operation and minimize complications there is use of following advanced technologies in Samsung Medical Center:

  • devices for high-precision investigation of brain waves;
  • intra-operative monitoring;
  • the apparatus of the localized operation (Stereoracric frame: CRW, Leksell);
  • neuroendoscopy;
  • functional MRI and PET.

The Samsung clinic was the first in Asia and the sixth in the world to introduce a new version of the device Gamma Knife - Icon (Icon). At the moment, both the new and the previous version of the Gamma Knife - Perfexion - are available in the hospital. Samsung is one of the 4 medical centers in the world, where 2 Gamma Knife units are available immediately.

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My mother needed a cochlear implant. We have heard from other people with the same issue that in Samsung Hospital they perform this procedure very good. Travel was stressful, so thank you for the help we had with the documents and openin... Read more

Korea, Seoul, November 1, 2019


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Prof. Ahn Jin Seok
Prof. Ahn Jin Seok
Experience: 20 years
Ass. Prof. Kim Tae Joong
Ass. Prof. Kim Tae Joong
Experience: 14 years
Prof. Choi Han Yong
Prof. Choi Han Yong
Experience: 38 years
Professor Ahn Jin Seok is an outstanding oncologist. Associate Professor of the Department of Hematology and Oncology in the Samsung Medical Center. Expert in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and lung cancer. He graduated from the Medical College of Seoul National University. In the basis of the same university he received his specialization in oncology.
    Membership in professional organizations:
  • Korean Cancer Association;
  • Korean Association of Internal Medicine;
  • Korean Society of Hematology;
  • Korean Society for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation;
  • Korean Association for the Study of Lung Cancer;
  • Korean Association of Clinical Oncology;
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

  • Specialization of the doctor: medical oncology, lung cancer, breast cancer , hematology.
    Prof. Ahn Jin Seok
    Experience: 20 years
    TOP-oncogynecologist of Korea, leading specialist in female oncology at Samsung Medical Center. He is a recognized expert in the treatment of cervical cancer and breast cancer. Has an extensive experience in robotic as well as endoscopic surgery. He graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of Seoul. Specialization in gynecology he received in the basis of the University of the hospital Samsung. Author of numerous scientific publications in international publications.
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • Oncogynecology and Colposcopy Society of Korea;
  • Korean Association of Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecology;
  • Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Korea;
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology.

  • Specialization of the doctor: gynecological oncology, breast cancer, cervical and ovarian cancer, fibroids, urogynecology.
    Ass. Prof. Kim Tae Joong
    Experience: 14 years
    Lead oncourologist in clinic Samsung with more than 30 years of experience. He is an expert in the treatment of kidney and prostate cancer. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Seoul. Received additional specialization in microbiology. Worked at the University of Duke, USA. He has the title of professor. In the clinic, Samsung has been working for more than 20 years, at the moment he is the head of the urology department.
      Membership in professional organizations:
  • Korean Cancer Society (KUOA);
  • Korean Urological Association (KYA);
  • Urological Association of Asia (UAA);
  • Urological Association of America (AUA);
  • European Association of Urology (EAU).

  • Specialization of the doctor: oncourology, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, prostate adenoma, prostatectomy.
    Prof. Choi Han Yong
    Experience: 38 years
    Location of the Clinic
    81 Irwon-ro, Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Incheon International Airport 11B / by bus 6009 to the Samsung Clinic, opposite to the main entrance (on foot) about 5 minutes.
    By car from Incheon Airport:
    Airport - Sinbul IC - Freeway Incheon International Airport - 88JC - bridge ongjakdaegyo - Cheongdamdor Park - GS Caltex - COEX - Irwon Tunnel - Samsun Clinic




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