Since its foundation on January 7, 1957, the Department of Neurosurgery has concentrated on the education, research and clinical works on neurosurgical disease.
There are 14 Neurosurgeons and 3 physicists as faculty members working on cerebrovascular disease, brain tumor, functional brain disease, and spine disease. Currently 17 residents are in circulatory training program among main hospital and affiliated hospitals. The formal training curriculum consists of 4 year residency, and it focuses on promoting residents to independent specialists. The 6 fellows are working in four fields: neuro-oncology, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, spinal and functional neurosurgery, and pediatric neurosurgery. A neurosurgery course for 3 credits is available for graduate students.
There are 5 specilized centers such as Comprehensive epilepsy center for intensive care, Gamma Knife center, Magnetoencephalography center, Parkinson center, and Minimally invasive brain surgery center for the patients. And the outpatient clinic is set up at the Neuroscience center in collaboration with the Department of Neurology.
At the cerebrovascular, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, and congenital malformation laboratories, multifarious basic and clinical research is performed. Image processing for stereotactic neurosurgery, dynamics of cerebrospinal fluid, and spinal cord injuries are also current research subjects of the Department.
SNUH Deparment of Neurosurgery is a leader of the neurosurgical development in Korea with high volume clinical activities (performing more than 3800 operations per year) and outstanding academic accomplishments (publishing more than 70 articles per year).