Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Faculty / Medical Staff >

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the SMC is a group of physicians caring for patients who have diseases related to lungs and critical care medicine.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the SMCprovides clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services to patients with health problems such as primary lung cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease, pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pleural disease, airway obstruction as well as those patients requiring intensive care.

Strong points

Patient care and research are integrated to provide the best care available for our patients. We actively engage in clinical, translational, and basic research and publish quality articles in the international medical journals

Diagnostic tests

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the SMC performs the diagnostic tests such as pulmonary function test, bronchoscopy, and endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA).

Latest treatments

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the SMC performs photodynamic therapy for the patients with lung cancer, airway stenting for the patients with airway obstruction, and bronchial lung volume reduction (endobronchial valve therapy) for the patients with COPD

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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.


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.