What are the clinical areas where Korean teaching hospitals lead the world?


According to a recent survey, Korea’s university hospitals are globally recognized for their expertise in five clinical areas: endocrinology, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology and neurology.

The American magazine Newsweek announced Best specialty hospitals in the world 2023 in conjunction with global market assessor Statista Inc. More than 40,000 medical experts, including physicians, from 20 countries participated in the annual assessment conducted in July and August.

The magazine added urology to increase the number of its clinical areas studied to 11 this year.

In each area, he selected 125 to 300 best hospitals. Specifically, it selected 300 top hospitals in cardiology and oncology, 200 in pediatrics, 150 in cardiac surgery and endocrinology, and 125 in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology and urology.

US hospitals ranked first out of 11 clinical areas.

For example, the Mayo Clinic took first place in pulmonology, gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, and urology. Cleveland Clinic leads in circulatory internal medicine and cardiosurgery. MD Anderson Cancer Center led oncology, HSS (Hospital for Special Surgery) was best in orthopedics, and Boston Children’s Hospital beat all others in pediatrics.

Newsweek magazine recently selected the “World’s Best Specialty Hospitals 2023” with global market researcher Statista and published it on its website.

29 Korean hospitals were among the “world 200” in pediatrics

The clinical area where Korean university hospitals were most recognized for their expertise was pediatrics. Twenty-nine Korean hospitals have entered their names on the list of the top 200 pediatric institutions. It was the second highest number after the 61 Americans.

Korea’s top ranking was Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH), which took 16th place. Other high-ranking institutions were Asan Medical Center (60th), Ewha Womans University Medical Center (94th), and St. Mary’s Hospital at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul (99th). The other 25 were out of the top 100.

Korean hospitals have also shown strength in endocrinology. Twenty-two were included in the top 150, the second most, after 42 US hospitals. In addition, three Korean hospitals were among the top 10 in this category. Asan Medical Center (AMC) was best known for becoming the third best in the world, after Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. SNUH was ninth and St. Mary’s Hospital Seoul was 10th.

In the urology field, 11 Korean hospitals have entered their names on the list, also the second highest number, after the 56 Americans. Four Korean hospitals were in the top 10 – AMC was fourth, Samsung Medical Center (SMC) was fifth, SNUH was sixth, and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) was 10th.

Korean hospitals also stood out in pulmonology, orthopedics and neurology, putting 11, 10 and 10 names on their lists.

In contrast, only two Korean hospitals were in the areas of cardiosurgery and neurosurgery. AMC (54) and SNUBH (89) were on the cardiosurgery list, while Severance Hospital and Gangnam Severance Hospital were on the neurosurgery list.

The country with the most hospitals selected across all fields was the United States, followed by Germany, which held second place in internal circulatory medicine, cardiosurgery, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology and orthopaedics.

AMC was in the top 10 in 5 areas; Gangnam Severance and SNUBH fared relatively well

Among Korean university hospitals, AMC scored the best records. The hospital has been ranked in the top 10 lists worldwide in five areas – endocrinology (3), urology (4), gastroenterology (6), neurology (6) and oncology (7).

In addition, AMC has put its name in 10 of the 11 clinical areas studied and topped the national list in seven areas – endocrinology, urology, gastroenterology, internal circulatory medicine, cardiosurgery, neurology and pulmonology.

Among the so-called Big-Five Hospitals, Severance Hospital has also made its name on the list of “World-Class Hospitals” in 10 clinical areas. He was the only one of the Big Five to make the list of neurosurgeons (29).

SNUH was selected in nine clinical areas and became Korea’s best pediatric hospital (16). SMC and Seoul St. Mary’s were included in eight categories each. SMC was the best Korean hospital in oncology (6).

Gangnam Severance Hospital and SNUBH performed relatively well. Gangnam Severance was included in eight categories and was one of two Korean hospitals on the neurosurgery list. SNUBH has been selected for seven lists, putting its name to heart surgery, with AMC.


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