Urology Faculty / Medical Staff >

The Department of Urology diagnoses and treats diseases of the urologic tract (kidney, ureter, bladder, and urethra), which produces, transports, and excretes urine; of the male genital organs (testis, epididymis, ejaculatory tract, scrotum, and penis); accessory sex glands (prostate, seminal vesicle, and bulbourethral gland); adrenal glands; and the retroperitoneum.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

The Department of Urology at the Samsung Medical Center is divided into various fields including urologic tumor, andrology, urination disorders and female urology, pediatric urology, internal urology, renal transplantation, and urologic tract reconstruction, and is composed of first-class professors, fellows and residents in each field of expertise.

Strong points

The Department of Urology has the latest equipment and techniques including surgical robots, high-intensity focal ultrasonography, extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, a microsurgical system, laparoscopic/endoscopic system, and fluoroscopic surgical tables. It provides excellent medical service to patients using various treatment methods from extensive radical treatments to robotic surgery, microsurgery, and conservative treatments.

Diagnostic tests

We perform not only up-to-date radiologic diagnostic tests such as ultrasound, CT, MRI, and PET-CT, but also various urologic tests which are run promptly according to systematic guidelines to increase the accuracy of diagnostic tests. We also perform painful tests such as prostatic biopsy or ureteric stent insertion under sleep anesthesia to improve patient quality of life and satisfaction.

Latest treatment methods

The Department of Urology at the Samsung Medical Center, which plays a leading role in performing robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgery using endoscopy/laparoscopy and single-port endoscopy, performs the most cases of high-intensity focused ultrasonography for prostate cancer and radiofrequency thermal ablation for renal cancer in Korea. Recently, a cutting-edge proton center was constructed to allow for the most appropriate treatment for patients in various fields of urology to be applied, from surgery to proton therapy. Also, first-class professors and experts in each field are researching, developing, and applying pioneering and difficult treatment methods to lead the way in improving treatment results.

Recent trends in clinical research

Through clinical and basic research on various urologic tumors, we are doing our utmost to overcome intractable cancers that are impossible to cure using conventional treatment. Also, we are showing the best clinical and basic research results in Korea in the field of urination disorders and andrology.

Others

The Department of Urology is rapidly advancing with the advancement of modern medicine, and will remain a leader due to our investment in the latest medical devices and the efforts of our excellent professors.

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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.