Historical overview of the Department of Neurosurgery at Yonsei University College of Medicine in the Republic of Korea

Dong Ah Shin MD, PhD1 and Dong Kyu Chin MD, PhD1
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  • 1 Department of Neurosurgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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Originally founded in 1885, Gwanghyewon later became the Severance Hospital (named after philanthropist Louis Severance, who supported and funded the construction of a modern hospital) and Yonsei University College of Medicine. The Department of Neurosurgery at Severance Hospital was established in 1957, and its residency program began in 1961. Currently, the Department of Neurosurgery has 34 professors and 17 fellows; specialties include vascular, functional, pediatric, tumor, skull base, and spine neurosurgery. With its state-of-the-art neurosurgical facilities and services, the Department of Neurosurgery has developed into a department of excellence within the Yonsei University Health System. In this vignette, the authors present a historic overview of the Department of Neurosurgery.

ABBREVIATIONS

WFNS = World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.

Artist’s illustration of the classic mulberry appearance of a cavernoma. This illustration represents the Seven Cavernomas series by Dr. Michael Lawton, a collection of articles defining the tenets and techniques for the treatment of cavernous malformations, a taxonomy for classifying these lesions, and the nuances of their surgical approaches. Artist: Peter M. Lawrence. Used with permission from Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona. See the article by Garcia et al. (pp 671–682).

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Contributor Notes

Correspondence Dong Kyu Chin: Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. dkchin@yuhs.ac.

INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online January 22, 2021; DOI: 10.3171/2020.8.JNS201076.

Disclosures The authors report no conflict of interest concerning the materials or methods used in this study or the findings specified in this paper.

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