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Department of Neurology

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The Department of Neurology at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital provides diagnostic testing, treatment, and comprehensive consultative services for a broad spectrum of neurological conditions, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. A dedication to understanding the nervous system through research and how it can impact clinical care has defined our department since its opening in 2003. Our department’s renowned faculty, strengthened by our tradition of sharing of ideas across disciplines, offers patients remarkable new diagnostic capabilities and therapies. Our department consists of the following seven centers: Epilepsy and Sleep Center, Neurocognitive Behavior Center, Center for Dizziness and Ocular Motor Disorders, Cerebrovascular Center, Spinal Cord and Neuromuscular Center, Movement Disorder Center, and Neurocritical Care Center. Today, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital is laying the foundation for more medical advancements, including the opening of our new state-of-the-art buildings. We commit ourselves to providing excellent patient care through individualized treatment plans. We continue to build on our mission to not only integrate research, education, and patient care but also advance the field of neurology.

Treatments & Services

Epilepsy, headache, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive and behavioral disorder, dizziness, ocular motility disorders, vascular cognitive impairment, dementia, peripheral nerve disorders, spinal cord disorders, muscle disorders, multiple sclerosis, clinical neurophysiology, neurocritical care, Parkinson’s disease, movement disorder, Botox, gait disorder, essential tremor, sleep disorder, syncope, restless legs syndrome

1. Epilepsy and sleep Center

SNUBH is recognized as a leader in treatment for medically intractable and new onset epilepsy. This multidisciplinary program includes adult and pediatric epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, neuroradiology and neuropathology within outpatient facilities that includes five EEG laboratories and two bed epilepsy monitoring unit. Neurologists work in collaboration with neurosurgeons and diagnostic imaging to deliver intensive and innovative therapeutic and diagnostic services to individuals with varying forms and degrees of seizures and epilepsy. The SNUBH Sleep Medicine Center is dedicated to diagnosing and treating all types of sleep disorders, helping patients face life’s demands with energy and clarity. In most cases, effective treatment is readily available, especially cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

2. Neurocognitive Behavior Center

The neurocognitive behavior center is dedicated to the care of individuals who suffer from cognitive behavior disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, cognitive impairment related with depression, Parkinson's disease dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, posttraumatic cognitive impairment, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and transient global amnesia. Through the neurocognitive behavior center, patients could get professional care throughout the diagnostic, treatment and follow-up processes. Associated services include all-around neurologic assessment, neuroimaging (MRI, SPECT or PET), neuropsychological assessment, specialized pharmacological and non-pharmacological managements, genetic counseling and homecare nursing services. Our center also conducts many research activities and clinical trials. Patients have the opportunity to take part in a diverse range of studies, from clinical trials testing the latest drugs and therapies to neuropathological or genetic investigation.

3. Center for Dizziness and Ocular Motor Disorders

The Dizziness and Ocular Motor Center provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for people who suffer from dizziness, double vision, and balance problems. Imbalance and dizziness may occur in various disorders including migraine, inner ear problems, cerebrovascular diseases, and autonomic dysfunction. Diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and imbalance should be based on systematic evaluation including detailed medical history, physical and neurological examination, and appropriate laboratory tests. Our center runs the world class laboratories equipped with up-to-date apparatus and cutting-edge technology. The Dizziness and Ocular Motor Center is under the direction of Prof. Ji-Soo Kim, MD, PhD who is a world-renown neuro-otologist and neuro-ophthalmologist. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Clinical Neurology, Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology, and Journal of Vestibular Research, and has served as the chair of ICVD Subcommittee for Vascular Vertigo at Barany Society. In 2014, Prof. Kim published a review paper for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, the most common cause of vertigo, in The New England Journal of Medicine that is known as the best journal in Medicine.

4. Cerebrovascular Center

Stroke is the number one cause of death in South Korea as a single disease entity. Recent developments in medical science moved stroke to a curable disease. Under these circumstances, we launched the Cerebrovascular center in September 8th, 2005 for the best stroke care. Our center is composed of experts from a number of disciplines specialized in cerebrovascular disease, such as neurology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, radiology, nuclear medicine, rehabilitation, and psychiatry. In 2006, we took a big step for stroke patient treatment by establishing “Stroke Clinical Pathway.” “Stroke CP” is a system set with the help of emergency medicine department, department of neurology, neurosurgery, radiology and rehabilitation clinic. “Stroke CP” gives preferential tests to acute stroke patients. And based on the results, it offers various operations like IV thrombolysis, endovascular recanalization, cerebrovascular balloon angioplasty, carotid or intracranial arterial stenting. Also, it systemized all the process of stroke care, from hospitalization, intensive monitoring in the stroke unit, starting of the drug treatment, earlier rehabilitation, transition to long-term care facilities or discharge to their home. “Stroke CP” was the most innovative event in domestic acute stroke patient treatment that brought us fastest promptitude nationally.

5. Spinal Cord and Neuromuscular Center

Our physicians have specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of neuromuscular diseases, including nerve disorders (Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy and neuropathies related to other general diseases such as diabetes), neuromuscular junction disorders (such as myasthenia gravis), muscle disorders (muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy and myositis), spinal cord disorders (such as myelitis), demyelinating diseases (multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica), neuropathic pain syndromes with various etiologies, motor neuron disorders (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy). Our center offers extensive clinical experiences, access to physicians who are renowned experts and have authored textbooks and lecture frequently at national conferences and leading-edge diagnostic services including an electromyography (EMG) and evoked potential (EP) lab

6. Movement Disorder Center

Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect the speed, fluency, quality, and ease of movement. These include Parkinson's disease, Parkinson plus syndromes (e.g., multiple system atrophy or progressive supranuclear palsy), tremor (e.g., essential tremor), chorea (e.g., Huntington's disease), ataxia (lack of coordination), dystonia (prolonged muscle contraction and abnormal posture), myoclonus (rapid, brief, irregular and jerky movement), restless legs syndrome, tics and Wilson’s disease. We provide multidisciplinary management plans for patients including comprehensive neurological assessment, advanced techniques in neuroradiology (MRI, PET and SPECT), the latest pharmacological or non-pharmacological managements, collaboration with the department of neurosurgery for surgical treatment options (such as deep brain stimulation).

7. Neurocritical Care Center

The Neurocritical care team of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital provides continuous monitoring and treatment for patients with serious disease of the central and peripheral nervous system. Our 20-bed neurocritical care unit (NCU) was established in 2013, and we treated more than 800 patients per year. Our center team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, pharmacists and specially trained nurses. Currently we have two faculty members and two fellows. Residents rotate through the NCU for two months, and learn about neurological and general critical care management. The disease treated by a neurocritical care team is broad including ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, seizure, encephalitis, neuromuscular disease, and many others. Our facility is equipped with multimodality monitoring for cardiopulmonary system, cooling devices, continuous EEG, and neuromonitoring.

Doctors
Park, Seong Ho

Park, Seong Ho | M.D.
Specialty : Epilepsy, Headache, Stroke

nrpsh@snu.ac.kr

 
Professor and chairman, Clinical Neuroscience Center

Prof. Park, chairman of this hospital’s Clinical Neuroscience Center, has been an exchange professor of Duke University Hospital Epilepsy Center. He is one of the renowned epileptologists in South Korea, and one of his major concerns is alcohol-related neurologic disorders.
Kim,Sang-Yun

Kim, SangYun | M.D.
Specialty : Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular cognitive impairment, Cognitive and behavioral disorder, Parkinson’s disease

neuroksy@snu.ac.kr

 
The researches that have been conducted by Prof. SangYun Kim and his research team focused on the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases causing dementia or cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies, and also on human prion disorders. He leads two research teams, one is clinical research team and the other basic research team. This clinical research team has been working on many clinical trials for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia and do many clinical study to find the best way to diagnosis early and treat effectively many neurodegenerative disorders. His collaborative research team is also developing new disease-modifying drugs and a new biological marker for Alzheimer’s disease and prion diseases, using a new technique: multiple detection system.
Prof. Kim is also working as a full-time neurologist at Clinical Neuroscience Center and director of Neurocognitive Behavior Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. His clinical activities are also focused on patients with dementia caused by various disorders, including mild cognitive impairment and transient global amnesia. His working group has well established patient database of dementia, especially early onset Alzheimer's disease and also human prionopathy, transient global amnesia.
Kim,Ji-Soo

Kim, Ji-Soo | M.D.
Specialty : Dizziness, Vertigo, Double vision, Ocular motor disorder, Visual loss

jisookim@snu.ac.kr

 
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology

Prof. Kim’s researches are focused on dizziness and ocular motility disorders. His laboratory has the state-of-the-art technology for recording eye movements, using three-dimensional video oculography and the magnetic search coil system. He currently works as a full-time neurologist at Clinical Neuroscience Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, and is in charge of Center for Dizziness and Ocular Motor Disorders. He has published more than 300 articles, including about 200 SCI papers. His recent publications are mainly on the treatments for and mechanisms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vertigo of vascular origin, animal model of bilateral vestibulopathy and vascular vertigo, vestibular neuritis, and various ocular motility disorders from central lesions. He is the current chair of the Scientific Committee for the Korean Neurological Association, Vascular Subcommittee of the Barany Society, and Scientific Committee of 2016 Barany Society Meeting.
Bae,Hee-Joon

Bae, Hee-Joon | M.D.
Specialty : Stroke, Vascular cognitive impairment

braindoc@snu.ac.kr

 
The researches of Prof. Bae and his stroke research team are focused on (1) the acute treatment of ischemic stroke; (2) the epidemiology and risk factors of ischemic stroke; (2) the epidemiology and risk factors of ischemic stroke; (3) stroke systems of care; and (4) vascular cognitive impairment. He has been in charge of the fifth section of Clinical Research Center for Stroke (CRCS), funded by the South Korean government between 2006 and 2015, and he has been designated as a chair of Regional Cardio-Cerebrovascular Center of Gyoenggi Province, funded by the South Korean government. He has published various articles in Annals of Neurology Stroke, Neurology, International Journal of Stroke, Journal of Stroke, and other top international journals. His recent major interests are the vascular cognitive impairment, precision medicine and organization of stroke systems. He tries to elucidate mechanisims to determine patient outcomes, predict patient outcomes before treatment decisions, and to change the outcomes with this information. He is also currently deeply involved in the governmental policies related to stroke care. He is presently a director of Policy, the Korean Stroke Society, and a member of the task force for developing a research roadmap to overcome cardio-cerebrovascular diseases in South Korea, organized by Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention. His commitment is to dedicate his efforts and time to improving the treatment outcomes of stroke victims.
Park,Kyung-Seok

Park, Kyung Seok | M.D.
Specialty : Peripheral nerve diseases, Myasthenia gravis, Neuropathic pain, Multiple sclerosis/myelitis, Muscle diseases

parkk@snu.ac.kr

 
Prof. Park’s main research fields are neuromuscular and spinal cord diseases and neuro-electrophysiology (clinical neurophysiology). His researches are focused on these diseases, and he uses a wide variety of electrophysiological tests, including electromyography, evoked potentials, and ultrasonography. He received a certificate in clinical neurophysiology (electromyography and evoked potentials) from the Korean Society of Clinical Neurophysiology in 2009. His recent research interest is intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (INM, IOM). He and his colleagues are also working on neuroimmunological diseases, especially on neuromyelitis optica.
Han,Moon-Ku

Han, Moon-Ku | M.D.
Specialty : Stroke, Neurocritical care

blue4han@chollian.net

 
Prof. Han received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, and his Ph.D. (Dementia) from the Graduate School of Medicine of Chungbuk National University from 1993-2001. Prof. Han underwent fellowship training in stroke at Seoul National University Hospital. He was an assistant professor of Neurology and Stroke Center at Seoul National University from 2003 to 2008, and then an associate professor from 2008. As a visiting professor at UC (San Diego) Neuroscience Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital Neuroscience Critical Care Service from 2007 to 2008, he focused on research. He has conducted focused researches on neuroregeneration and neuroprotection of various agents, such as statin and EGB 762, and on rt-PA toxicity in vitro and in animal models of cerebral ischemia. Clinically, he is an expert in managing acute ischemic stroke patients and has published a number of papers related to IV or IA thrombolysis. Prof. Han is also an expert in neurocritical care and director of Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. He is an active member of Korean Neurocritical Care Society and American Neurocritical Care Society.
Kim,Jong-Min

Kim, Jong-Min | M.D.
Specialty : Parkinson's disease, Parkinson-plus syndromes, Tremor disorders, Gait disorders, Other movement disorders

jongmin1@snu.ac.kr

 
Prof. Kim is conducting focused researches on the genetic pathogenesis of Parkinsonism and ataxia. He is also working on functional and molecular neuroimaging using dopamine transporter imaging and high-field MRI.
Yun,Chang-Ho

Yun, Chang-Ho | M.D.
Specialty : Sleep disorders (sleep apnea, insomnia, circadian rhythm disorder, hypersomnia, restless legs syndrome, parasomnia) and epilepsy

ych333@gmail.com

 
Chang-Ho Yun, MD, PhD. Professor, Neurology, Bundang Clinical Neuroscience Institute, and Sleep Disorders Center, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital.
Dr. Yun is an International Sleep Specialist certified by American Board of Sleep Medicine (2005), and former fellow of Division of Sleep Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
His area of expertise has been evolved from epileptology to sleep medicine. Research interests are in optimal management and phenotyping of obstructive sleep apnea and developing the biomarkers of sleepiness and sleep stability. He has been contributing to the standardization of sleep-diagnostic procedure such as polysomnography and management pathway of OSA, and establishment of “Education Program for Sleep and Sleep Medicine” in Korea from the support of Korean Sleep Research Society (KSRS). He is a member of board of councils of the KSRS and executive editor, Journal Sleep Medicine Research (www.sleepmedres.org). He was a member of organizing committee for 6th World Congress on Sleep Medicine, Seoul 2015 (wasmcongress.com) and for World congress on Sleep Apnea, Seoul 2009.
Kim,Beom-Joon

Kim, Beom-Joon | M.D.
Specialty : Stroke, Headache

robotcat.bj@gmail.com



Prof. Beom Joon Kim graduated from Seoul National University (SNU) and received his Ph.D degree from the graduate school of the same university. He finished his residency training in the Department of Neurology of Seoul National University Hospital. His main field of clinical and academic interest is stroke. He has published a couple of papers in the Neurology and Stroke journal, where he investigated the association between body mass index (BMI) and long-term survival after ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. For more information, please visit .
Park,Young-Ho

Park, Young Ho | M.D.
Specialty : Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular cognitive impairment, Cognitive and behavioral disorder

kumimesy@gmail.com


Prof. Park graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine. After undergoing neurology residency training at Seoul National University Hospital, he completed fellowship training at Neurocognitive Behavior Center at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. Prof. Park’s practice and research are focused on Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, geriatric neurology, neurodegenerative diseases, and cognitive impairment.
Choi,

Choi, Jeong(Jung)-Yoon | M.D.
Specialty : Neuro-otology/ophthalmology, Headache



Dr. Choi’s main clinical interest is disorder in vertigo (dizziness), balance disorders, headache, and stroke. His research focuses on the central and peripheral vestibular disorders. He also had interest in diagnosis of infratentorial stroke based on clinical manifestation.

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