Seon-Hahn Kim, MD, PhD

Department of Surgery and the Director of Cancer Center, Korea University Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Dr. Kim is Professor of Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery and the Director of Cancer Center, Korea University Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He has been particularly interested in minimally invasive colorectal surgery during the past 20 years. He obtained a research fellowship for colorectal laparoscopic surgery at the Department of Colorectal Surgery of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH in 1995-1997 and received the outstanding surgical research fellow award.

Prof. Kim has performed more than 2000 laparoscopic colon and rectal operations mainly for cancer. He started the robotic rectal cancer resection in late 2007. He developed single-docking fully robotic low anterior resection and performed around 600 cases using this technique. He has been doing many live robotic and laparoscopic surgeries demonstrated at various international congresses, and telecasted to oversea hospitals. He had an honor to give the BJS Lecture titled “Minimally invasive complete mesocolic excision” at European Society of Coloproctology congress held in Dublin in September 2015, and recently another honor to give the very first ‘Yasunobu Tsujinaka Memorial Oration’ titled “Current status of robotic colorectal surgery” at the 27th Annual Jagelman/37th Turnbull International Colorectal Symposium held in Boca Raton, Florida in February 2016.

Prof. Kim was the Founding President of Korean Association of Robotic Surgeons (KAROS, 2013-2015) and the Chairman of the Korean Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons (KSELS, 2014-2016). He is also a visiting professor worldwide, including National University Hospital in Singapore, Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia, Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Cheng Gong University in Taiwan, Kumamoto University in Japan, Karolinska University in Stockholm, Sweden, and University of Western Sydney, Australia.