Invited Speakers

Korea,South (南韓)
  • Prof. 徐志榮(Gee-Young Suh)
  • Department of Critical Care Medicine
  • Samsung Medical Center, Sunkyunkwan University School of Medicine
Professor Gee-Young Suh is a pulmonary and critical care physician working at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. He severed as the Director of ICU of Samsung Medical Center for 16 years and in 2013, he became the Chair of Department of Critical Care Medicine first clinical department dedicated to critical care in South Korea. He is one of the primary investigators of Korean Sepsis Alliance and is currently serving the President of Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine and as member of Council of World Federation of Intensive. His research interests include sepsis, derecruitment-associated lung injury, ICU rehabilitation, ECMO, and rapid response system.
History of KSCCM and Collaboration with International Societies
Critical care has long been a big part of Korean medical scene from the beginning of hospital medicine. First documented ICU in Korea was established in 1960 at the National Medical Center. The Society itself was organized in 1980 when thirty somewhat doctors from various specialties came together with one goal in mind; to improve care for the critically ill. The Society was initially called the Korean Society of Resuscitation Medicine was changed to current name of Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine (KSCCM) in 1996. Since then, the Society has worked diligently to improve critical care and to encourage academic growth of its members. The KSCCM has also been diligently working with the government to improve the critical care system in Korea. In 2008, it established the subspecialty board diploma in critical care which was endorsed by all specialty societies (9 different societies) associated with critical care. Now the number of membership is more than 2900 strong and has certified 1774 subspecialty board, and current has 61 training centers training 150 fellows. Currently KSCCM is working hard to improve the model of critical care to the level of advanced countries trying to convince the government that to improve preparedness for the next pandemic this improvement is essential.
The real international cooperation was started in 2001 with the joint congress with the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine and this congress has been going on for more than 20 years even during the Pandemic. Also since 2008, we have been conducting education program with the SCCM hosting the first Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course outside the Americas. Starting last year, we started international cooperation program with the Taiwanese Societies which we hope it will become a lasting friendship.