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Greetings from Director

In Korea, organ transplants began in 1969 when the kidney from a living donor was transplanted. Ever since the kidney from a brain-dead donor was successfully transplanted in 1979, transplant surgery in Korea has dramatically advanced.

Currently, Korea records high success rates and sees
organ transplants as one of the well-established treatments.

The Organ Transplantation Center at Samsung Medical Center which opened its door in 1994 has thoroughly prepared and studied organ transplantation as part of three major mid-to-long-term plans. Thanks to these efforts, the Center has made significant progress both in quality and quantity, becoming a national and global leader in liver transplant surgery as well as kidney transplant surgery merely in two years.

We also have expanded our service to heart, lung, pancreas, small bowel, cornea, and bone marrow transplant surgery.

In November 1997, we hosted an international liver transplant symposium, being widely recognized for its advanced program both at home and abroad. Since then, we have continuously organized various events (e.g. a symposium in July 2010 to celebrate the 1,000th liver transplant; one in January 2013 to commemorate the 1,500th kidney transplant) to leap further.

In August 2008, we expanded and re-located the Center and combined separate offices for the Center in a single location so that it can facilitate organ donor consultation and registration and provide a comprehensive service, which involves every step of transplant treatment (i.e. pre-transplant treatment, consultation, recipient registration, post-transplant outpatient treatment, patient education, and drug administration).

And this expansion has enabled one-stop medical service at the Center.

In 2010, we successfully reduced the risk of biliary complications, which is the biggest issue among recipients of living-donor liver transplants, by applying new methods for biliary anastomosis to recipients. We also conducted ABO incompatible transplantation with a success rate at world class level.

In 2003, we succeed in the first kidney transplant without any immunosuppressants by inducing immunologic tolerance, which was the first successful case in Korea. This achievement has considerably helped recipients have smaller medical bills and a better quality of life. The Center also began totally laparoscopic living donor hepatectomies for adult and pediatric living donor liver transplantation.

So far, the Center has made great achievements in a short period of time and set an example in this field. This success has been possible all thanks to endless devotion from dozens of the professional staff. On our website, I’d like to share their proud success stories.