Endocrinology and Metabolism Faculty / Medical Staff >

As the standard of living and medicine improves, the aging population is growing, and endocrinologic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and osteoporosis are becoming increasingly important. The Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Samsung Medical Center has a lot of accumulated experience in the diagnosis and treatment of such endocrinologic diseases, and provides efficient care to patients through an organic collaborative treatment system with other departments.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

In the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism Medicine, we diagnose and treat abnormalities in hormone function and various diseases of the hormone secretory or target organs.
In other words, we treat abnormal hormonal functions or tumors of the pituitary glands, adrenal glands, thyroid glands, gonads, parathyroid glands, and the endocrine pancreas. Other representative diseases we treat are diabetes, which presents with polydipsia, polyuria, and high blood glucose; obesity; hyperlipidemia; thyroid diseases, such as functional abnormalities of the thyroid gland, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer and osteoporosis, in which the risk of fractures is increased due to the weakening of the integrity and strength of bones due to qualitative changes in the microstructure.

Strong points

In the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism we run a diabetes center with an integrated medical care system to treat diabetes with severe complications, such as eye or kidney complications, and go beyond diagnosis and treatment to provide patients with reinforced customized education programs from a team of diabetes experts including endocrinologic physicians, nurses, nutritionists, an exercise therapist, pharmacist, and social workers, to grant them the ability to control diabetes by themselves.

Diagnostic tests

We provide tests to diagnose various endocrinologic diseases, and run an endocrinologic laboratory to test for diabetic complications and endocrinologic hormones at the patients’ convenience.

Latest treatment methods

Comprehension of patients’ glucose patterns using continuous glucose monitoring and patient-customized insulin injection training are provided in the outpatient clinic, and up-to-date treatment of various endocrinologic diseases are actively given.

Recent trends in clinical research

In the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Samsung Medical Center, we conduct many international clinical trials, and possess a world-class animal lab and air-conditioning equipment to aid in active research on the pathogenesis of endocrinologicdiseases and appropriate treatment methods regarding the pathogenesis.

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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.