Laboratory Medicine and Genetics Faculty / Medical Staff >

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics helps in the early diagnosis of disease, confirmation of diagnosis, and interpretation of treatment results through various tests on specimens of the human body.

Major areas of treatment

The field of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics is comprehensive and vast, including diagnostic hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, diagnostic immunology, special chemistry, transfusion medicine, cytogenetics, hematologic genetics, immunogenetics, microbiologic genetics, pharmacogenetics, biochemical genetics, blood type genetics, neurologic genetics, and cancer genetics. We endlessly study evolving medical knowledge and technology, and seek ways to integrate it into patient treatment, playing a big role in improving the quality of medical care provided by the medical personnel. Ten professors with the latest knowledge in various fields of laboratory medicine are in charge of performing tests rapidly and accurately, interpreting results, introducing up-to-date tests, and research with outstanding clinical instructors, residents, and approximately 150 clinical laboratory technologists.

Strong points

We have performed approximately 30 million diagnostic clinical tests for 2,600 test items as of 2014, and the numbers of test items and tests for research are continuously increasing. We are adding new tests using up-to-date methods and introducing new devices every year to qualitatively and quantitatively improve our tests. Our department, with its 180 physicians and laboratory personnel, is leading the continuous growth and advancement of laboratory medicine, and with our specialized genetic laboratory, which performs cellular, neurologic, cancer, hematologic, biochemical, immunologic, drug, microbiologic, and blood test genetic testing, we are attempting to progress into a more advanced laboratory. As tests performed in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics measure very small particles or substances carrying critical information of body, such as DNA, RNA or proteins using cutting-edge technology, a trustworthy system should be established. There are many factors that can influence test results, and it is very important to manage the whole testing process without any mistakes or errors. This is called “quality assurance (QA)” The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics sets new goals every year for the quality improvement of laboratory tests and makes efforts to achieve these goals. We are also running a quality management system to implement the best medical care service. We have obtained not only domestic quality assurance evaluations and certifications from the Korean Association of Quality Assurance for Clinical Laboratories(KAQACL), the Korean Institute of Genetic Testing Evaluation (KIGTE), and the Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine (KSLM), but we have also participated in authoritative quality assurance programs, such as that of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for the first time in Korea in 1995, and obtain reaccreditation every year with excellent reputation through an annual laboratory evaluation which began in 1998. The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics also has a homepage (www.samsunglab.org) for commissioned laboratory tests. It systematically provides convenient and active research testing services and commissioned laboratory testing services to other institutes. Also, we actively accept medical personnel from other institutes for training and run various educational programs for medical personnel or researchers. The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Genetics has established a long-term goal, which is “medical innovation for patient happiness,” which corresponds to the vision of the Samsung Medical Center, and is trying endlessly to achieve this goal. Our role is expected to grow even more in the future.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.