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SMC's Organ Transplant Center has adopted a one-stop clinic incorporating highly specialized doctors, coordinators, and nurses to facilitate and optimize patient care before and after transplantation. Our center consists of a liver and small intestine transplant team, a kidney transplant team, hepatocyte transplant team, a pancreas and islet cell transplant team, a heart transplant team, and a lung transplant team. These teams work closely with the transportation support team, coma management team and tissue bank.

Major areas of treatment

  • Kidney transplantation
  • Liver/Liver Cell transplantation
  • Heart transplantation
  • Pancreas/Islet transplantation
  • Lung transplantation
  • Small Bowel transplantation
  • Cornea transplantation


The Organ Transplant Center allows a comprehensive approach to organ transplantation:

  • Consultation before organ transplantation
  • Counseling
  • Enrollment on the organ recipient list
  • Outpatient visits after organ transplantation
  • Patient education
  • Drug administration

Additionally, to minimize biliary complications after living donor liver transplantation, we have begun to apply new techniques during biliary anastomosis, which has decreased complications. We also actively engaged in ABO mismatch transplantations and, since then, we have shown a 100% success rate. In 2013, we performed Korea’s first kidney transplantation without the need for immunosuppressors by inducing immunologic tolerance, increasing the patient’s quality of life.

Latest treatment methods

  • Laparoscopic hepatectomy on live liver donors
  • Kidney transplantation with immunologic tolerance
  • Donor clinic

Recent trends in clinical research

  • Identified and analyzed significant genes in hepatocellular carcinomas to discover future targets for chemotherapy
  • Gene studies of type B hepatitis after liver transplantation
  • Immunotherapy for hepatocellular carcinomas
  • Clinical trials on hepatocyte transplantation for patients with metabolic liver disorders
  • Organic artificial livers for patients with acute liver failure (extracorporeal circulation treatment using hepatocyte xenograft)
  • Research into liver stem cells to secure new sources for hepatocytes
  • Isolation of porcine islets and research on pancreatic islet cell transplantation
  • Pancreatic islet cell transplantation through isolation of human pancreatic islet cells
  • Research into induction of immunologic tolerance based on kidney transplantation models of primates
  • Research into islet cell transplantation in primates to optimize clinical islet cell transplantation
  • Research using humanized mice

Other resources

Our team is dedicated to assisting other centers around the world with performing transplants. We performed liver transplants at Dar Al Fouad Hospital, Egypt and Hanoi National Children's Hospital, Vietnam and helped these centers start a liver transplant program. Many faculty members from Egypt, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, China, Mongolia, Mexico, Singapore and the US have visited our center for training and assistance.

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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.