Infectious Diseases Faculty / Medical Staff >

The Department of Infectious Diseases at Samsung Medical Center seeks to treat and cure patients suffering from infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and tuberculosis. We also aim to foster academic development by doing research and providing education on infectious diseases, and to contribute to domestic and foreign health care by training professionals specializing in infectious diseases.
The field of infectious diseases concerns infections in all parts of the body. Our department is becoming increasingly important as the issue of resistance to various antibiotics emerges, and as the number of immuno-compromised patients increases due to organ transplantations and chemotherapies for cancer. The emergence of new infectious diseases such as AIDS, Ebola virus, MERS, and AI, as well as the re-emergence of diseases that have prevailed in the past, are expanding our roles.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

Our department treats patients suffering from infections caused by various micro-organisms, patients with fever of unknown origin (FUO), AIDS, and tuberculosis. We diagnose and treat all kinds of infections caused by micro-organisms including respiratory and digestive system infections, urinary tract infections, central nervous system infections, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and soft tissue infections, as well as sepsis.
We also take care of opportunistic infections in patients who undergo organ transplantation and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, immuno-suppressed patients, cancer patients, and combined infections in patients in intensive care, by consultation with other departments and through multi-disciplinary rounds. We provide rapid diagnosis and treatment of fever of unknown origin (FUO), and have introduced up-to-date medication to treat HIV-positive and AIDS patients in Korea.

Strong points

Consultations and collaboration with other departments make up an important part of the Department of Infectious Diseases, and we treat various serious infectious diseases promptly. We support the infection control office in preventing nosocomial infections, co-operate with them in investigating such infections, and make efforts to manage and prevent infections based on these investigations. We also supervise and control the use of antibiotics to an adequate degree, and treat and prevent various contagious diseases within our hospital. We run an adult vaccination clinic for disease prevention and a travel medicine clinic for disease prevention for foreign travelers.

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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.