International Healthcare Center(IHC) is a center dedicated solely to the care of international patients at Samsung Medical Center (SMC), one of South Korea’s leading hospitals. IHS opened in September 1995 and is the premier medical clinic for resident expatriates and international patients in Korea. Our center acts as the care coordination center for international patients. We as primary care physicians are experts in you and are focused on your personal health needs and wellness goal. To satisfy patients’ needs and preferences in delivery of best health care, we offer a wide range of services inside our clinic including general adult and pediatric medical care, personalized wellness examinations, and urgent-care visits. We also coordinate expedited referrals to more than 800 specialists in 40 departments of SMC.

IHC Staff

  • Lee, Jae Joon

    Director of International Healthcare Center, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Specialist
  • Kim, Ji Woon

    Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Specialist
  • Kim, Hyung Jin

    Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Rheumatology Specialist
  • Shin, Young-Ah

    Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Family Medicine Specialist
  • Chun, Sohyun

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Family Medicine Specialist
Clinic Hours

Our doctors, nurses, coordinators and administrative officials are fluent in English and Korean. In addition, we offer Arabic, Russian, Mongolian, Chinese, and Japanese translators. We are committed to provide the best quality health care for each of our patients, whether residing within Korea or traveling from abroad.


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.