Gastrointestinal Center Faculty / Medical Staff >

To provide high-quality, patient-centric medical service, the Gastrointestinal Center draws on faculty from many departments related to gastrointestinal disorders, such as the departments of gastroenterology, general surgery, transplantation surgery, radiology and pathology. Staffed by the best faculty and equipped with the most advanced medical devices, the Gastrointestinal Center provides patients with the services they need promptly and reliably. Our digestive disease center consists of the upper gastrointestinal tract team, lower gastrointestinal tract team, liver team, and pancreatobiliary team.

Major areas of treatment

Specialties: Gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastrointestinal motility disease, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis B and C, liver cirrhosis, biliary calculus, pancreatitis, as well as other digestive diseases

Clinics

TThe Samsung Medical Center is developing an SMC Integrated Care System to foster the growth of patient-centric clinics that provide personalized treatment for each patient through inter-departmental, multidisciplinary consultations. To facilitate this, Samsung Medical Center set up the following clinics:

  • Intractable Colon Polyp Clinic
  • Pancreatic Cyst Clinic
  • Intractable Liver Disease Clinic
  • Esophageal Disease Clinic

To keep pace with this system, we are planning to open clinics focusing on overcoming changes in gastrointestinal functions after cancer, precancerous colon lesions, and biliary stricture after liver transplant.

Strengths

The Gastrointestinal Center specializes in research within the field of motility. We are also a major player in the clinical practice and research of radiofrequency thermal ablation for liver cancer. With endoscopic submucosal dissection, we are able to excise lesions of all sizes, overcoming the limitations of previous endoscopic resection methods. Endoscopic submucosal dissection reduces the need for an invasive operation like laparotomy and allows patients to return to their normal routines right after the procedure, making it an extremely convenient surgical technique.

Latest treatment methods

We employ endoscopic submucosal dissection in our clinic because it is the most advanced endoscopic treatment modality.

Recent trends in clinical research

The Gastrointestinal Center is performing clinical research involving new diagnostic and treatment methods using endoscopic ultrasonography, and genome studies with tissue samples obtained from fine needle aspiration. We are also conducting specialized IT research that combines big data analysis and individualization research with surveillance modalities and strategies.

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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.