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Severance Hospital

Korea, Seoul

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Hospital Severance is the first Western-style clinic in Korea and a leading multidisciplinary medical institution globally.

Clinic Severance is located in Seoul, South Korea. Today it is a center of advanced medical technologies, innovations and a hub of experienced recognized specialists.

The history of the clinic is more than 130 years old. South Korea is a new word in modern medicine.

Even the respected American edition of ‘The New York Times’ writes that in Korean hospitals, excellent doctors are working who also act as visiting professors in the best American medical institutions.

Hospital Severance is a bright representative of what Korean medicine is capable of today. The medical facility has already gone far beyond East Asia and is actively contributing to the development of medicine globally.

For 130 years of the hospital, various studies have been carried out and special training programs have been initiated. All this formed the basis for the development of innovative and, most importantly, effective medical solutions.

Today, Severance is not just a hospital, but an entire health care system at Yonsei University.And this means that the clinic has an excellent base for further pioneering research in the field of medicine and will continue to use them for the benefit of patients.

Moreover, for many years work has been carried out in the direction of improving the patient's stay in the hospital and in general whole medical service. So, in 2005 the modern building of the hospital Severance with a capacity of 1000 beds was built. Also, the clinic purchased the newest, best in Asia medical equipment of the new generation and software Ubiquitous (it gives the opportunity to obtain medical information from any device at any time).



    иконка галочкиmodern radiation therapy; 

    иконка галочкиtomotherapy; 

    иконка галочкиintraoperative MRI; 

    иконка галочкиrobotic operations with the help of the Da Vinci Robot and other devices. 



Hospital Severance daily receives 40 000 people. Among the patients of the clinic there are many leading politicians and leaders of Korea, which is why Severance is also called the "Hospital of Presidents". Former President Kim Dae-Jung, during his lifetime, trusted his health only in this clinic. In addition, many foreign officials, such as former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, are being treated in the medical facility.

In 2007, Severance Hospital was the first in Korea to be accredited by the Joint Commission International, whose certificate is a dream of many best clinics in the world. This accreditation once again confirmed the compliance with the world standards not only with medical equipment, methods of treatment, professionalism of doctors but also the very process of the patient's stay in the clinic and its service. In 2013, the clinic was re-accredited with an average score of 98 in the 1294 sectors and 16 medical categories. In addition, in 2010 Severance received JCI certification for the Primary Stroke Therapy Program.

The Severance health system consists of five specialty medical centers, a diagnostic center, a practice center for surgeons "Da Vinci Robot", a dental clinic and the Gangnam Severance hospital.

Top specialties in Severance hospital:

  • oncology;
  • rehabilitation;
  • heart and vascular diseases;
  • eye diseases and ENT;
  • pediatrics.



    иконка галочкиannually 3 million patients visits including 1 million patients hospitalized; 

    иконка галочкиmore than 2,500 hospitalized patients per day, 11,000 patients visit each day; 

    иконка галочкиnumber of patients in the following specialties: 16 000 - surgery, 15 000 - ophthalmology and ENT, 9 600 - orthopedics, 8 000 - urology, 5 900 - neurosurgery, 4 200 - gynecology, 4 100 - plastic surgery, 3 700 - cardiovascular diseases; 

    иконка галочкиapproximately 8,200 are the total number of employees of whom 2,050 are doctors and 2,530 are middle level medical personnel;  

    иконка галочки800 performed endocrine surgeries, 600 urologic surgeries and 140 operations for stomach cancer for the year. 



    иконка галочкиthe first in Korea Western-style in Korea, founded more than 130 years ago; 

    иконка галочкиa year later the scientific and educational base for the clinic was established in the form of the University of Yonsei, the first academic medical institution in Korea; 

    иконка галочки60 years have passed since the first surgical intervention on the heart was performed in this hospital;  

    иконка галочкиunique studies of cancer diseases in the hospital have been carried out for more than 45 years; 

    иконка галочкиfirst lung transplantation 21 years ago;  

    иконка галочкиin 1998, the hospital made a breakthrough in the therapy of liver cancer, creating an innovative drug Holmium-166; 

    иконка галочкиfor the past 12 years, robotic surgery has been available in Severance. The Da Vinci Robot was used here for the first time in Korea, and this happened much earlier than in other top clinics of the world;

    иконка галочкиfor the past 10 years, the clinic has been receiving international medical accreditation.



    иконка галочки1st place in the issue of global governance from JMAC (Japan Association for Management Consulting); 

    иконка галочкиthree-time prize-winner of the nomination "High service evaluation by patients"; 

    иконка галочкиwinner in the nomination "Patient safety and quality of medical service" from the Association for Management of Medical Institutions in Asia; 

    иконка галочкиleader of the rating "The level of health of Korean patients" from the Association of Korea on Standardization (KS-WCI). 

More than 50 000 foreign patients a year choose Severance for the diagnosis and treatment. The largest number of patients come to the clinic from the US, Russia and China.

Features of the Clinic



Surgery in Severance hospital

The specialty of oncology in Severance is presented in two structural units: Oncology Research Center and Oncology Clinic at the Gangnam Severance Hospital. The latter was opened in 2013 on the basis of the University of Yonsei.

The medical institution bought new, technologically advanced equipment and invited the best specialists of different profiles to provide multidisciplinary medical assistance.

The clinic building has 15 ground floors and 6 underground floors where 476 beds are available. The clinic has 18 operating rooms as well as a chemotherapy department with a total capacity of 100 seats.

In order not to miss any important point in the treatment process, the new clinic has 15 specialized departments.

To conduct modern diagnostics in the clinics of Severance Sinchon and Severance Gangnam, PET and PET-CT (PET tomography for the diagnosis of anomalies and CT tomogram for obtaining information on the anatomical structure of the body are located, which enhances the accuracy of the diagnosis).

The basic principle of working with the patient is the use of a personalized approach. The case of each patient is observed individually, taking into account all the features and the selected treatment plan that meets all the standards of international medicine which unique and most effective for a particular person.

A modern robotic surgical intervention is available in the clinic. Also, directive tomotherapy - target radiation therapy of cancer with the possibility of turning the body 360 degrees. This is very effective method for the treatment of head and neck cancer. In addition, the center of radiotherapy and radiosurgery is equipped with a proton device - ultramodern radiation exposure equipment. This makes it possible to reduce the risk of possible complications and to strengthen the destructive effect on the tumor.

In addition, the Oncological Center of Severance, consist of:

  • Gamma-knife Perfection (radiation therapy to treat a tumor without trepanation of the skull);
  • Cyber-knife (radiotherapy without surgery);
  • MRIFUS (focused ultrasound under MR control);
  • System of intraoperative electron-beam exposure.



Some of the achievements of the Department of Hematology:

  • 1981 - the first pediatric allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in Korea (pediatric patient with severe aplastic anemia);
  • 1982 - the first adult allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in Korea (adult patient with severe aplastic anemia);
  • 2002 is the first in Korea HLA-uncoordinated allogeneic transplantation using mesenchymal stem cells.



Hospital Severance - the center of robotic surgery in Asia. The first Da Vinci Robot appeared in clinic by 2005, which means that specialists have 12 years of experience with the device. Over a year, more than 1,000 automated operations are carried out here.

In addition, with the support of the American Institute of Surgery at the Severance Hospital, the Center for Training in Surgical Robot Technology was founded. Thus, in addition to its own specialists, doctors from the United States and countries of Asia are trained in Severance (more than 600 doctors from 10 universities clinics of the world).

Clinic Severance went further in the application of robot technology. In addition to using the Da Vinci Robot in prostate surgery, which is carried out across the world, Severance doctors began to apply automated technologies also in the treatment of thyroid cancer, gastrointestinal organs, head and neck surgery, thorax, open-heart surgery, cardiovascular surgery, gynecology as well as diseases in the field of otorhinolaryngology.

The survival rate for prostate cancer, thanks to a robotic operation in the Severance Clinic, rose to 96%, which is the world's record figure.

Statistics of robotic surgery in Severance:

  • 38.1% of all surgical cases of thyroid cancer are performed using the Da Vinci Robot;
  • 34.1% are engaged in automated surgery with oncology of the prostate;
  • in 27.8% of cases, robotic technologies are used for oncological diseases of the stomach, intestines, chest surgery, heart and vascular diseases, neurosurgery, gynecology.



Severance Hospital uses new methods of angiography and surgical endoprosthetics (angioplasty using a steel network) for early diagnosis and effective treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases.

Already in the mid-90s, methods of early digital diagnostics of cardiac and vascular problems were available at Severance. In 2008, the hospital was recognized by the Ministry of Health of Korea as the leading research center in the field of cardiovascular diseases. Today, the clinic continues to develop its own innovations. For example, One of such developments is an endoprosthesis that is placed in a curved blood vessel. Thanks to Severance, now this technology is used all over the world.



In the neurosurgery department of Severance Hospital, more than 2,500 surgical operations are performed per year. The Department of Neurosurgery Severance is considered to be the best center in Korea for carrying out Deep brain stimulation in the therapy of Parkinson's disease, the treatment of epilepsy (more than 200 operations annually), as well as the surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

Also, the hospital received worldwide recognition in the field of therapy of pituitary tumors by the surgical method. The authority of the clinic in the field of neurosurgery is evidenced by the fact that specialists from all over the world come here to learn new technologies.

Technologies available here are:

    иконка галочкиintraoperative MRI (monitoring the process of tumor removal in real time); 

    иконка галочкиfluorescent diagnosis of a tumor (a special substance stains the tumor tissue, which makes it possible to clearly see its boundaries); 

    иконка галочкиneuronavigation; 

    иконка галочкиGamma knife. 



Ophthalmological clinic of Hospital Severance became the first center of this profile in Korea. The clinic has been working for more than 100 years and still remains the leader in ophthalmology among Korean medical institutions. Today more than 30,000 patients come here every year for treatment.

The clinic operates a corneal dystrophy laboratory, developing unique therapies. Also, the structure of the clinic includes an advanced retinal center, which deals with retinal problems, especially in patients with diabetes.



The cost of diagnostics and treatment in the Severance Clinic is 30% lower than in some European clinics (in particular, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland). The approximate prices for medical procedures at this hospital are as follows:

Procedure Prices
Consultation with a specialist from $70
Organ ultrasound $100-300
CT from $350
Colonoscopy from $450
MRI from $800
PET-CT from $1,500
Procedure Prices
Laparoscopic ovariectomy from $8.826
Lumpectomy from $10,500
Gamma-knife from $18,000
Radical resection of bladder from $25,000
Mastectomy from $20,000
Testimonials (3)

Average clinic rating
James vince
Patient Verified
  • 4
The patient was treated
Pretty good experience with the medical tests in Severance. Big centre, faced sometime minor issues with coordinators but easily resolved by the support members.
Korea, Seoul, January 15, 2020
Daehyun Lee
Patient Verified
  • 5
The patient was treated
The best hospital in Korea. Located in 50 mins from the airport and is very easy to find. When I entered, I was greeted by a very helpful person. He guided me through the hospital and was kind and helpful. I really liked the interiors, all ... Read more
Korea, Seoul, January 13, 2020
Patient Verified
  • 5
The patient was treated
I moved to Korea long ago, and Severance is the best hospital I’ve been to. Both me and my child underwent treatment there for serious illnesses, and came out of the experiences happy with the outcome. The quality of medicine is on the same... Read more
Korea, Seoul, November 22, 2019
Joint Commission International
Joint Commission International


Prof. Kun Ho Ra
17 years
Prof. Jang Hang Seok
18 years
Prof. Sung-Hoon Noh
more than 30 years
Leading oncourologist in the Department of Minimally Invasive and Laparoscopic Surgery at the Severance Clinic in Seoul. He studied from Yonsei University in Seoul, as well as Johns Hopkins Medical University in Baltimore, USA. worked as a visiting consultant at the Medical University of South Pasadena (California, USA), as well as the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, USA). The general experience of the doctor is 17 years. He earned the title of professor of oncology. Professor Ra was the first in East Asia in 2005 to conduct prostatectomy with the help of the Da Vinci Robot.
    Membership in professional organizations:
  • Endourology Society;
  • Society of laparoscopic endoscopy;
  • American College of Surgeons;
  • American Association of Urology.

  • Specialization of the doctor: prostate adenoma, adenocarcinoma, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery of adrenal cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer.
    Prof. Kun Ho Ra
    Experience: 17 years
    Prof. Jang Hang Seok Leading surgeon and head of the department of surgery at the Gangnam Severance hospital having 18 years of experience. She is a recognized expert in thyroid surgery, as well as maxillofacial surgery. He graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of Yonsei. She passed her internship at the Sloane-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, USA. Also a Professor of Surgery at Yonsei University.
    Member of Medical Society of Endocrine Surgery of Korea (executive director).
    Specialization of the doctor: endocrine surgery, maxillofacial surgery, oncology, metabolism and nutrition.
    Prof. Jang Hang Seok
    Experience: 18 years
    The leading surgeon of the Severance Clinic in Seoul. President of the International Association for Stomach Cancer. Since 1983, over 30 years, operated more than 9,000 patients (the largest number of the world for a given period of time). He was recognized by the professional community as an outstanding surgeon. It is prof. Sun-Hoon Noh who opened to the world the method of electrocoagulation in oncological surgery for stomach cancer at the International Cancer Conference in 1996.
    Member of International Association of Stomach Cancer (President).
    Specialization of the doctor: oncological surgery, stomach cancer.
    Prof. Sung-Hoon Noh
    Experience: more than 30 years
    Location of the Clinic
    50-1 Yonsei-ro, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    The distance from the Severance Clinic to Japan can be covered by air in 1 hour 30 minutes, to China - for 2 hours, Russia - 3 hours, Mongolia - 3 hours 30 minutes. the International Airport in Incheon can be reached in 50 minutes from the Hospital Severance. 
    The area of ​​Gangnam is a metropolis, the center of culture, contemporary art, fashion, and the country's economy. Patients can take a guided tour of Seoul by contacting a travel agency located at the clinic. In close proximity to the clinic there are attractions: the house of art LG, COEX Exhibition Center, Dosan Park, Apukujon Rodeo, Chondam-dong shopping street.

    Sinchon district is a "youth street", where there are many shops, restaurants. cinemas, cafes and karaoke.



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