Gastrointestinal Surgery Faculty / Medical Staff >

In the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Samsung Medical Center, we perform accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for gastrointestinal disorders, and all the medical personnel do their utmost to provide the best medical service possible.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

The Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery offers world-class surgical treatment for diseases of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum and anal area. We provide diagnosis and treatment for hepato-pancreato-biliary diseases including hepatic cancer, gallbladder cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, ampulla of Vater cancer, pancreatic cancer, and gallstones; gastric diseases including benign and malignant tumors of the stomach; colorectal diseases including malignant tumors of the colon, rectum and anus; benign diseases (hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, and hernias); and inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis).

Strong points

We are introducing robotic surgery for the whole spectrum of gastrointestinal procedures including liver, colon, and stomach surgery, and expanding its application. Our laparoscopic skills have improved to become first-rate in the nation, and single incision laparoscopy, which had limited application to benign diseases such as acute appendicitis and cholecystitis in the past, is now being actively used for malignancies of the stomach and colon.
We have introduced a multi-disciplinary approach in an effort to see not only the disease, but also the whole human being as a target of treatment, and medical personnel from the relevant fields other than the department of surgery, including the Departments of Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology, and Radiology, are actively participating in the treatment of patients. We have introduced face-to-face multi-disciplinary consultations that allow direct communication between the patient and medical personnel to provide more rapid and accurate medical care and increase patient satisfaction.
For the patients’ convenience, we have adopted and are running a fast-track program that allows diagnostic testing, checking of test results, and establishment of a treatment plan in just one day.
We apply standard treatment protocols (clinical pathways) to all inpatients to achieve standardization of treatment, fewer days of hospitalization, and reduction of medical costs.

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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.