History and members
Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center was established in 1989 with the opening of Asan Medical Center by Chung Robert S who returned from the USA and Kun Chul Yoon coming from the Chung Nam National University. Chung Robert S took up 1st director and chief instructor of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Kyung S. Koh and Sang Hoon Han were newly appointed as cinical fellow and started their new post in 1990 and 1991 then took up professorship in 1991 and 1992 each and these were the momentum of expansion and development of this department. Chung Robert S retired and started practice in August 1995. Kun Chul Yoon took up the director of the department from August 1995 to August 1996 then resigned November 1996 and started practice.
March of 1996, Gangneung Asan Hospital opened with Dr. Jeong Weon Yoo. September of 1996, Professor Taik Jong Lee moved from Chung Nam National University and took up 2nd director and chief instructor of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 1997, Department of the plastic surgery in Ulsan University Hospital opened and started the practice and the department of the plastic surgery Asan Medical Center grew bigger and well-organized so that the quality of education and clinical practice had been remarkably improved. From September 2002 to now, Dr Kyung S. Koh has taken 3rd director and chief instructor of the department of the plastic and reconstructive surgery. The rest of the faculties are previous director Taik Jong Lee, Joon Pio Hong who took up professorship in 2002, Jong Woo Choi & Jin Sup Eom who took up professorship in 2006. Sang Hoon Han resigned from the professorship in 2001 (1992~2001) and started practice in private clinic. Sang Hoon Park retired from the professorship in 2004 (1998~2004) and started practice in private clinic. Hak Chang moved to the Seoul National University Hospital in 2005 after 3 years of professorship (2002~2005).
Jeong Weon Yoo retired from the Gangneung Asan Hospital professorship in 2000 (1996~2000) and opened a private clinic. Jong Han Cho retired from the professorship in 2001 (1998~2001) and started practice in private clinic. Chang Ki Sung worked for the Ulsan University Hospital from 1997 to 1998, Kun Ho Lee from the 1998 to 2000, Pyeung Jin Leem from the 2001 to 2002, Sang Tae Kim from 2002 to 2004, Young Won Jung from 2004 to 2007. From 1992 to 1997, Young Jin Lee, Moon Bang Sohn, Jeong Weon Yoo, Jong Han Cho, Sang Hoon Park, In Soo Hwang took the clinical fellowship course. From 1998 to 2002, Joo Bong Kim, Han Koo Kim, Hong Gi Lee, Jae Jin Ock, Seong Cheol Yu took the clinical fellowship course. From 2003 to 2007, Sang Yub Yoon, Chan Woo Kim, June Kyu Kim, Jin Sup Eom, Jong Woo Choi, Byung Min Yoon, Dong Wan Seo, Eun Key Kim took the clinical fellowship. In 2008, Eun Key Kim and Hoon Kim work for the clinical fellow. Seong Cheol Yu and June Kyu Kim work in Gangneung Asan Hospital and Tae Gon Kim work in Ulsan University Hospital.
3 faculty members have studied in the United States and contribute to our department’s development of research and education. Professor Taik Jong Lee has been to University of California, Davis for visiting professor to study breast reconstruction and cleft lip/palate. Professor Kyung S. Koh has been to University of California, San Francisco and Chang Gung Memorial hospital in Taiwan to study cleft lip/palate and microsurgery. Professor Joon Pio Hong has been to University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center to study the reconstruction following the tumor resection.
The numbers of surgical operations in recent 3 years are 2391 in 2005, 2286 in 2006, 2757 in 2007. Compared with the total surgical operations in 2005, 15% increase in 2007 was obtained.