Mediplex Sejong Hospital scouted Lee Young-tak, former professor of thoracic surgery at Samsung Seoul Hospital, who is a prestigious surgeon in the thoracic surgery field, who will begin providing care from March.
Lee Young-tak, head of Cardiovascular Center (chief of cardiothoracic surgery) graduated from School of Medicine, Seoul National University (graduated in 1981) and worked at Sejong Hospital as deputy manager and manager of the cardiothoracic surgery department from 1989 to 2001. After that, he served as professor at the department of cardiothoracic surgery, School of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University and retired in February, 2020. He served as deputy head of the cardiovascular center at Samsung Seoul Hospital from 2003 to 2005 and head of the cardiovascular center from 2009 and 2011.
Dr. Lee Young-tak, head of the center, successfully conducted ‘off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting’, where operation is conducted in heart-beating condition without artificial cardio-pulmonary bypass, for the first time in Korea in 1996. Since then, he has been performing about 400 coronary artery bypass grafting every year, accounting for majority number of coronary artery bypass grafting surgery in Korea. He also adopted the emergency bypass system (EBS) for the first time in Korea in 2003.
In 2012, Dr. Lee and collogue professors conducted left ventricular assist device insertion (2nd
generation) for the first time in Korea and in 2015, he successfully transplanted the 3rd
generation artificial heart into a patient with terminal stage of heart failure.
Lee Young-tak, head of cardiovascular center, said “I’d like to concentrate on my major field of coronary artery bypass grafting to treat patients with heart disease.” He also shared his plan saying, “If conditions are met, I’d like to conduct heart assist device insertion more actively for patients with terminal stage of heart failure”.