Spine Center Faculty / Medical Staff >

The Spine Center is staffed by 14 specialists who focus on spinal disorders, tumors, injuries, and deformities, all drawn from from seven departments within the hospital. They collaborate with each other systematically to provide the most cutting-edge and comprehensive medical services possible. The Spine Center brings together domestically renowned experts in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, pain management, physical therapy, neurology, radiology, surgical oncology and chemotherapy to design the most effective treatment for a range of debilitating conditions.

Major areas of treatment

The Spine Center provides health management for spinal deformities, tumors, fractures, infections, and degenerative diseases afflicting the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
We also offer rehabilitation and interventional pain management to reduce suffering caused by back and neck problems.

Strengths

The Spine Center treats the full spectrum of spinal disorders, from simple to complex. In particular, we have specialized in spinal tumors, both primary and metastatic, and spinal deformities of children and adults such as scoliosis and kyphosis. The SMC Spine Center also specializes in conditions that are difficult to diagnose and treat. The SMC Spine Center is the first spine center in Korea to specialize in spinal tumor surgery, which requires a multidisciplinary approach for proper management.

Clinics

1. Spine Tumor Clinic

As the first spine center in Korea to organize a Spinal Tumor Board, the SMC Spine Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat all kinds of spine tumors.
To treat spine tumors effectively we must first diagnosis them correctly, so we have invested in the most advanced diagnostic equipment and techniques available, such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Angiography, CT-guided Biopsy, MRI, CT, and whole body bone scanner. Our spine tumor radiologists can also perform the most cutting-edge diagnostic techniques for diagnosis and interventional management. Surgical treatment for spinal tumors can be very complicated, so we employ only the most experienced surgeons, who can perform complex and delicate procedures, such as total en-bloc spondylectomy, total sacrectomy and reconstruction. Our staff specializing in radiation oncology can also perform the most up-to-date radiotherapeutic management, such as SBRI, IMRT and Tomotherapy.

2. Spine Deformity Clinic

The SMC Spine Deformity Clinic treats patients with scoliosis and kyphosis caused by congenital, idiopathic, neuromuscular and degenerative pathologies.
The SMC Spine Center treats more than 100 children with scoliosis every year and performs the largest number of surgeries in Korea on patients with degenerative scoliosis or degenerative flat back. We employ a range of surgical techniques to ensure the best medical outcome possible. At present, we can correct spinal deformities with a range of procedures including but not limited to pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO), Smith-Peterson osteotomy (SPO), posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) and direct vertebral rotation (DVR).

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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.