Pediatric Surgery Faculty / Medical Staff >

The Division of Pediatric Surgery of the Samsung Medical Center is mainly composed of professors of pediatric surgery who operate only on children. Through the integrated fetus clinic, we provide the best, highest-level care to newborn babies ranging from diagnosis of congenital anomalies of the digestive system in fetuses to care in the neonatal intensive care unit after birth and operations in the Division of Pediatric Surgery in collaboration with the Division of Obstetrics, the neonatal unit, and the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. In addition, as a member of the pediatric tumor team, we perform malignant tumor removal operations at the optimum time before and after chemotherapy for pediatric cancer and perform the best pediatric liver transplantation and pediatric minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery) in Korea.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

We perform advanced specialized operations on congenital anomalies of the digestive system, pediatric inguinal hernia, pediatric cancer, and pediatric liver transplantation.

Strong points

1. Congenital anomalies of the digestive system

Based on rich experience, we provide the best surgical treatment of various congenital anomalies of the digestive system, including esophageal atresia, anomalies in stomach, duodenum and small bowel, and anorectal malformation (aproctia).

2. Pediatric liver transplantation

The Division of Pediatric Surgery performs both Kasai operation, which is a treatment of congenital biliary atresia patients, and liver transplantation so that patients can receive liver transplantation at an optimal time, and our patients show long-term survival rates exceeding 90%.

3. Pediatric minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopy and thoracoscopy

We perform approximately 100 cases of diverse pediatric minimally invasive surgery ranging from surgery on congenital anomalies of the digestive system (duodenal atresia, esophageal atresia, congenital diaphragm hernia) in newborns to gastroesophageal reflux in youth, and over 30 % of them are newborn babies.

4. Clinic for congenital anorectal malformation and dyschezia

We perform surgery to preserve the anal sphincter using a laparoscope and provide bowel training after congenital anorectal malformation (aproctia) surgery together with parents until the patients have normal bowel habits.

5. Choledochal cyst

We provide the best treatment of choledochal cysts based on rich experience in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.

6. Lymphangioma

Based on experience for a long period of time, we treat lymphangioma using sclerotherapy in combination with surgery.

7. Surgery on the day system

We operate for inguinal hernia and perform simple surgery on children 2 months or older in collaboration with experienced pediatric anesthesiologists in the morning without hospitalization so that the patients can go home in the afternoon of the same day.

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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.