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Transplantation Research Center

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Organ Transplantation Center

Since this program started in 1979 for the whole treatment of patients, the outpatient clinic at Severance Hospital has been opened from 7 o'clock in the morning for the convenience of patients. Moreover, the Hospital has derived favorable results that have been internationally recognized through the immediate consultation and early treatment of all problems related to health, on order to solve them as early as possible.
Owing to this recognition, the Center was enrolled in 1990 as an organ transplantation center in the Clinical Transplants, which is published in America annually. Since then, the Center has ranked with world leading transplantation centers as a representative transplantation center for Korea by continuouslrecording the transplantation cases being performed and by providing annual results. Especially, the three professors in the Department of transplantation surgery of this hospital, Kim Yoo-Sun, Kim Soon-Il and myself(? Write your name), all acquired transplantation surgeon licenses through training and practicing for several years at prominent transplantation centers in America and England.
As for the kidney transplantation program, the leading one in Korea, the 1,000th successful case was performed on January 6, 1993, while maintaining the highest rates in the world for kidney transplantation success and survival (92.2% and 89.8% for one-year and three-year survival rates, respectively). Moreover, our transplantation patient who in July 1979 received a kidney from a donor having no blood relation with the donee still maintains a healthy life, and this 24-year period is the Guinness record for survival after kidney transplantation. In addition, the Center also holds the world second (23 years) and fifth (22 years) ranks for kidney transplantation survival records.
Lately, we are vigorously performing transplantations of other organs such as liver from a brain dead patient, in vivo liver or pancreas, heart or lung, bone marrow or cornea, etc. Owing to the satisfactory results of these transplantations, this Transplantation Center has been authorized as one of the few multi-transplantation centers in Korea.
In addition to these clinical activities, this Center is well recognized as a representative transplantation center for Korea through the publication of dozens of research papers every year in the International Transplantation Institute and in foreign journals related to transplantation.
All of us at the Organ Transplantation Center of Severance Hospital will always devote ourselves to providing a new life to patients who suffer from organ failure at the terminal stage and to helping them maintain their quality of life.

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