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Introduction to the Department

The Ophthalmology Department is in charge of diseases afflicting the eye. Categorizable into five subdivisions ― anterior (cataract, cornea, and external diseases), retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology (strabismus), and oculoplasty ― the department is devoted to the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye diseases.

Fourteen full-time faculty members are currently engaged in such specialties, responsible for the clinical and surgical management of eye diseases, research in the field of ophthalmology, and education.

The department’s active and outstanding performance is well represented by the exponential increase in the number of operations conducted by it, which reached 4,225 cases in 2012. The outpatient clinic cases have quintupled since its opening in 2003, from 15,158 patients to 78,928 in 2012. The department aims to become a preeminent research institute for advanced medicine and technology, particularly for treating eye diseases and preventing blindness. With this overall goal, the department’s strength lies in its enthusiasm for state-of-the-art research, excellence in education, and dedication to patient support.

As an example of the Ophthalmology Department’s commitment to research, the department developed blood biomarkers for the diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration through a proteomic research which was the first time in the world. Through epidemiologic study, it also revealed a nationwide incidence of retinal diseases including retinal vein occlusion first time. Regarding cutting-edge treatment, the department is performing intraarterial thrombolysis treatment for retinal artery occlusion in collaboration with radiology and neurology, and SNUBH is the only hospital to perform this treatment in Korea.

The department’s surgical achievements are widely recognized, as are the field-leading technique and experience of its faculty members. (Fig. 1) The newest cataract surgery method developed by the department has led to a rapid increase in the number of cataract surgeries performed, and together with the high level of satisfaction among its patients, has led the hospital to be recognized as the best cataract surgical center in the country. The department is famous for the number of strabismus surgery cases which is outstandingly large in the world. The department was also the first center in the country to introduce 23-gauge suture-less vitrectomy, performing such operations actively since the end of 2005, recording 500 cases of non-sewing vitrectomy for the first time in Korea by December 2007, and thus helping reduce the operating time as well as the post-operation inconvenience and complications of the patients.

Figure 1. The annual number of surgeries which were performed in the department of
Ophthalmology of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital.

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Hwang, Jeong-Min M.D.
Specialty : strabismus, neuro-ophthalmology

Prof. Hwang is one of the world’s leading experts in strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology, contributing to the development of Korean medicine with her expertise. She completed her fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which is affiliated with the University of Southern California, as well as in the University of Wisconsin. She was a visiting observer for short-term training at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and Hospital for Sick Children of the University of Toronto.

Using polytetrafluoroethylene as a physical barrier, she developed an innovative therapy that delays the timing of adjustable strabismus surgery.

She also leads the molecular biological research, including Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, Leber’s congenital amaurosis, and juvenile retinoschisis.

Prof. Hwang has received numerous government grants and patents for novel diagnostic tools, including objective vision tests for adults and children, novel computerized color vision tests, and an automatic strabismus analyzer. She also developed a high-resolution MRI technique for congenital strabismus that revealed the pathophysiology of cranial nerve dysgenesis in vivo for the first time.
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Kim, Tae-Woo | M.D.

Prof. Kim, a renowned glaucoma specialist, completed his fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. An active clinician and surgeon, M.D. Kim excels in the research of novel techniques to diagnose early glaucoma in Korean patients, and has published numerous papers on the optical coherence tomography findings in Korean normal-tension glaucoma patients. He discovered that lowering the intraocular pressure supports the restoration of the optic nerve in glaucoma patients. He also showed that abnormalities of the optic nerve in myopic eyes develop with the growth process, not congenitally. His recent areas of interest and achievements lie in analyzing optic-nerve structures, especially the lamina cribrosa, from high-resolution three-dimensional images of the retina and optic disc obtained via spectral-domain optical-coherence tomography.
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Park, Kyu-Hyung | M.D.

Prof. Park, a leading retina surgeon and specialist, completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He strives to maintain retinal surgery at the most up-to-date level, and to set the record for the biggest number of 23-gauge sutureless vitrectomies performed within the shortest period of time in South Korea.
Prof. Park’s major interests in the field are diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, and other macular diseases. His research is focused on ocular genetics, including candidate gene analysis or genome-wide association analysis for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and high myopia. Not only does he engage in intensive research for the prevention of angiogenesis-related blindness; he also participates in the international study for anti-VEGF therapy for exudative age-related macular degeneration.
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Hyon, Joon-Young | M.D.

Prof. Hyon specializes in corneal disorder, cataract, and refractive surgery. He performs corneal transplantation and other ocular-surface reconstruction surgeries. As a renowned cataract surgeon, he also specializes in the surgical treatment of challenging cataract cases and complications of cataract surgery. His clinical and scientific interests include medical and surgical treatment of ocular-surface diseases. His clinical practice provides care for patients with severe dry-eye disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, and other ocular-surface inflammatory diseases.

Prof. Hyon received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Seoul National University, and completed his residency and fellowship training at Seoul National University Hospital. After undergoing subspecialty training, he completed the research fellowship program in cornea and anterior segment service at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.

Prof. Hyon is a leading clinician and researcher in the field, and has served as an active board member of the Korean Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Korean External Eye Disease Society, and the Korean Contact Lens Study Society. His clinical and research activities have been recognized by many published peer-reviewed articles and have led him to receive a number of grants and numerous invitations to deliver lectures.
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Woo, Se-Joon | M.D.
Specialty : age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal artery and vein occlusion, uveitis, and retinopathy of prematurity

Prof. Woo is a retinal specialist and a passionate researcher. The major diseases he focuses on in his clinical practice are age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal artery and vein occlusion, retinal detachment, uveitis, and retinopathy of prematurity. He also performs numerous vitreoretinal surgeries and cataract operations. He is in charge of the treatment of ocular emergency and retinopathy of prematurity. He performs small-gauge transconjunctival sutureless vitrectomy with both ease and safety. He is the leader of the thrombolysis treatment team for acute central retinal-vein occlusion (CRAO) in cooperation with the Neuro-Intervention Team, the only specialized intervention team for CRAO in South Korea. His research topics are diverse; he has conducted clinical studies on ophthalmic imaging, genetics, and epidemiology, among others. His laboratory research focuses on ophthalmic-drug delivery, retinal vascular-disease models, and discovery of biomarkers for various retinal diseases.
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Kim, Namju | M.D.
Specialty : Thyroid eye disease, lacrimal drainage system disorder, periocular oncology and reconstruction, eyelid disease and cosmetic blepharoplasty

Prof. Kim is a dedicated ophthalmologist specializing in lacrimal disorder, orbital disease, eyelid disease, and cosmetic surgery. Her areas of interest in the clinical field are thyroid-associated orbitopathy, tumors of the orbit and eyelid, orbital-wall fracture, blepharoptosis, epiblepharon, and lacrimal-drainage obstruction. Prof. Kim’s research interests are focused on the biomarkers of eyelid malignancies and the pathogenesis of thyroid-associated orbitopathy. She reported for the first time that the S-1 chemotherapeutic agent can cause lacrimal-drainage obstruction, and she also documented that epiblepharon can develop later in life, especially in thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy patients.
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Lee, Eun-Ji | M.D.

Prof. Lee is a brilliant and promising ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma. Since joining our department as a faculty member in 2012, not only has she shown productive research activities; her clinic has also kept expanding, and her surgical cases have continually increased. She performs cataract and glaucoma surgeries such as trabeculectomy or glaucoma implant operations. Her major interests in her clinical practice are open-angle glaucoma, closed-angle glaucoma, uveitic glaucoma, and various secondary glaucomas.
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Yang, Hee-Kyung | M.D.
Specialty : Strabismus surgery, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Optic Nerve Disorders

Prof. Yang actively practices on strabismus surgery, imaging diagnosis of strabismus with photoanalyzers and high-resolution MRI and various optic nerve diseases. Her specialty includes pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology. She has received government grants for novel surgical techniques and patents of screening devices for strabismus and optic disc diseases. Dr. Yang published many research articles and books on the diagnosis and management of strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology, and was awarded “LG Future Medical Practitioner Award”, and others.
Park, Sang Jun

Park, Sang Jun | M.D.
Specialty : age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal artery and vein occlusion, and uveitis



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