SMC POTENTIAL LEADERS In Spinal Surgery Program is a one- to four-week program that provides surgical training in all kind of adult and pediatric spinal problems, including cervical and lumbar degenerative diseases, deformity, trauma and tumors. This program will provide the surgical experience as well as various decision-making disciplines. In addition, attendee can participate in spine conference which is held twice a month and spine tumor board which is held every week. This program is open to potential leaders in spinal surgery field of any countries irrespective of experience of the surgeon.

Faculty (Program Director)

Chong Suh Lee

Chong Suh Lee MD - Professor and Director Spine Center

Specialty Interests : Spine Surgery Correction of Spine Deformity Degenerative Lumbar Disc Disease Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery Artificial Disc Replacement

Samsung Medical Center Affiliated Physicians
Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine

  • Sung Soo ChungMD - Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Whan EohMD - Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Eun Sang KimMD - Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Sun Ho LeeMD - Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Se Jun ParkMD - Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Chong Suh Lee

About SMC Spine Center

The Spine Center of Samsung Medical Center offers comprehensive management of various spinal problems. Our center provides multi-departmental cares which are supported by orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation physicians, pain physicians, radiologists and neurologist. Per year, <8500 new patients visit our center and <1000 spine surgeries are performed by 6 attending surgeons (3 orthopedic surgeons and 3 neurosurgeons). SMC spine center performs the entire range of spinal surgery, covering all pathologies from trauma to deformity and tumor.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the treatment options for common cervical and lumbar degenerative diseases
  • To learn the evaluation methods, treatment options and surgical techniques for scoliosis
  • To learn the classification and treatment options for malignant spinal tumors
  • To discuss the surgical indications for a various kind of spinal diseases
  • To learn the microscopic surgical techniques for cord tumors

Program Schedule

  • One - to four-week course
  • Program starts at Monday every week
    Day Time Program
    Monday ~08:00 Orientation
    08:00~17:00 Cervical and lumbar degenerative diseases / Cord tumors
    Tuesday 08:00~17:00 Cervical and lumbar degenerative diseases / Deformity / Tumors
    Wednesday ~08:00 Spine conference /tumor board
    08:00~17:00 Cervical and lumbar degenerative diseases / Cord tumors
    Thursday 08:00~17:00 Cervical and lumbar degenerative diseases / Deformity / Tumors
    Friday 08:00~17:00 Cervical and lumbar degenerative diseases / Spinal tumors

    ※ This schedule is subject to change

    SMC POLISS Program Brochure Download


Spine surgeon (orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon)

When to apply

  • Year round
  • Minimum 2 months prior to training planned

Registration Fee

  • 1 week course : $1000 USD per participant
  • It includes tuition, accommodation (shared / SMC guest house), and meals (staff cafeteria)

Required Documents

  • Application Form Download
  • Consent to Collection & Use of Personal Information Download
  • Copy of certificate of medical license
  • Copy of diploma
  • Copy of Passport
    * Please note
    • All required documents must be originals in English or notarized translations into English.
    • Please submit all documents as a single PDF file
      (File name: POLLISS_First name_Last name_Country)
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.