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Introduction to the Center


At the Respiratory center, medical workers from the Department of Internal Medicine for Pulmonology, Department of Internal Medicine for allergy, and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery department are working together for the systematic management of chronic respiratory and allergic diseases as well as to overcome lung cancer. Beginning with 7,000 inpatient s at the time of its opening in 2003, the Respiratory center realized rapid developments. In particular, it recorded a total of 2,400 surgeries in 2007. With the number of lung cancer surgeries increasing by 30% every year, the center recorded more than 600 cases of lung cancer surgeries in 2007.

Boasting of the highest ratio of thoracoscope surgeries in Korea

This center succeeded in performing esophageal cancer surgery using a thoracoscope for the first time in Korea; thus opening the age of esophageal cancer surgeries using a thoracoscope. Today, this center operates 90% or more of early lung cancers using a thoracoscope, thereby boasting of the highest ratio of thoracoscope surgeries.

Provision of differentiated treatment methods

Although the basic cancer treatments include surgery, anticancer treatments, and radiation therapy, these cannot treat all cancers. The Respiratory center provides those patients who cannot be easily treated by the existing methods with various treatment methods such as photodynamic therapy, intrathoracic hyperthermia, and chemical therapy. The photodynamic therapy was operated to treat or relieve completely the symptoms of patients with lung cancer or esophageal cancer; thus opening a new horizon of photodynamic therapy in Korea. Moreover, this center introduced the intrapleural perfusion hyperthermic-chemotherapy drug perfusion therapy for the first time in 2005 and obtained good treatment outcomes

Yoon, Ho-Il

Yoon, Ho-Il | M.D.
Specialty : asthma COPD, bronchitis, bronhiectasis, lower respiratory tract infection

Chronic airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and bronchiectasis have always been Dr. Yoon’s major fields of interest. His interest in the impact of various environmental stimuli on bronchial inflammation enabled him to receive a Ph.D. degree in Preventive Medicine at Seoul National University. He is engaged in multiple clinical-research projects to better understand the natural history and prognosis of chronic airway diseases.

Lee, Choon-Taek

Lee, Choon-Taek | M.D.
Specialty : Lung cancer, GGO nodule, Gene therapy. Immunotherapy. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Dr. Lee’s main clinical interest is lung cancer. His clinical research focuses on the early detection of lung cancer with low-dose CT and autofluorescent bronchoscopy. The natural-history elucidation and genetic analyses of ground-glass opacity nodules were his recent academic achievements. Dr. Lee’s translational research group also focuses on adenoviral gene therapy for lung cancer. His recent topics are combination of oncolytic adenovirus and E1-deleted adenovirus and immune checkpoint immunotherapy.
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Lee, Jae-Ho | M.D.
Specialty : Tuberculosis, Non-tuberculous mycobacterium, bronchiectasis, lung cancer, Chronic obstructve pulmonary disease

Dr. Lee’s main clinical interest is chronic respiratory infection, especially tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial disease. His research group also focuses on tuberculosis, especially on the effect of nutrition on the development and severity of tuberculosis, and the pharmacokinetics of anti-tuberculosis drugs. These include researches on the relationship between nutritional parameters like body mass index, serum albumin level, cholesterol, and vitamin D, and the development of tuberculosis. Dr. Lee and his colleagues also participate in the rapid detection and diagnosis of tuberculosis. These include proteomics using the profiling of specific serum proteins, and molecular diagnostic methods like the nucleic-acid amplification technique.
Cho, Young-Jae

Cho, Young-Jae | M.D.
Specialty : ARDS and ECMO , Severe Pneumonia with Sepsis , Advanced Mechanical ventilator care , Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy, Lung Ultrasound

A pulmonologist, Dr. Cho’s main clinical interest is critical care medicine. His clinical research is focused on how to manage acute respiratory distress syndrome and hospital-acquired infection in the Intensive Care Unit. He introduced and well organized an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system for severe respiratory failure and co-worked with a lung and/or heart transplantation team for proper perioperative ICU care. His translational research group also focuses on acute lung injury, especially ventilator-induced lung injury with the molecular imaging system and pulmonary function testing system for small animals. He graduated from SNU College of Medicine and SNU Graduate School of Public Health. At present, he actively practices and conducts research in the fields of critical care medicine and interventional bronchoscopy.
Park, Jong-Sun

Park, Jong-Sun | M.D.
Specialty : interstitial lung disease,idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, chronic respiratory disease

Dr. Park’s primary interest is the management of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other interstitial lung disease, including how best to diagnose and treat interstitial lung disease and how the condition impacts the quality of life and survival of a patient. At present, she participates in global clinical trials for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as the principal investigator. In addition, she actively practices and conducts research on tuberculosis, lung cancer, and bronchoscopy.
Yeon Joo Lee

Yeon Joo Lee | M.D.



Lee Sang Hoon | M.D.
Specialty : Pulmonology, lung cancer, chronic obstructive lund disease, intersitial lung disease, lung transplantation

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Kim, Kwhan-Mien

Kim, Kwhan-Mien | M.D.

Chief, Lung Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital Prof. Kim has been a pioneer in VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) and is a well-known thoracic surgeon worldwide. He established VATS lobectomy for lung cancer and the VATS Ivor Lewis operation for esophageal cancer. He reported having performed the largest number of VATS lobectomy procedures in South Korea. He is presently the chief of the Respiratory Center and is in charge of the lung transplantation program in our hospital. He was the chief organizer of the VATS Center for Excellence Education Program for Asian thoracic surgeons. He and Dr. Jheon co-published the educational DVD “Video Atlas of VATS” for trainees. Also, he has conducted several demonstrations of live surgery (VATS lobectomy) in Asian countries and has contributed greatly to the improvement of the VATS technique and to promoting it among Asian surgeons. In the area of animal research, his group is experimenting on a new preservation solution of lung transplantation to reduce ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Cho, Sukki | M.D.
Specialty : Lung cancer, Esophageal cancer, Mediastinal tumor, Chest wall deformity. Robotic surgery, Single-port surgery

Professor Sukki Cho specializes in thoracic oncology and benign thoracic disease. He has much experience in minimal invasive thoracic surgeries, especially single-port and robotic surgery. His research focuses on the biology of lung cancer (women lung cancer, early stage lung cancer, circulating tumor cell). He also had interest in the Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopic localization and airway intervention.


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