Severance Hospital

4.6 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
South Korea, Seoul, : 50-1 Yonsei-ro, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu
Service language:
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Korea Accreditation Program for Medical Institutions Serving Foreign Patients


Joint Commission International

About Severance Hospital

Severance Hospital is one of the largest and oldest hospitals in South Korea. It was founded in 1885 by the American physician and missionary Horace Allen. In 1904, the medical facility was renamed the Severance Hospital in honor of the generous American businessman and philanthropist Louis Severance. The hospital mastered new medical directions and gradually expanded. And in 1957, Severance Clinic joined Yonsei University.

Now Severance is one of the leading clinics in South Korea. And even 135 years later, the hospital is still guided by Western values. So, in 2007, Severance Hospital successfully passed the certification of the International Committee for the Assessment of Medical Institutions (JCI). This proves the fact that the clinic provides patients with medical services in accordance with international standards.

Achievements of the Hospital:

  • Top-100 of the best clinics in the world according to the authoritative American edition “Newsweek”;
  • Ranked # 1 in the National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI) for 10 consecutive years
  • 1st place in Korea in the field of scientific research in oncology according to the international scientific publication "Nature".

Severance Hospital Facts & Figure

Why do patients choose Severance Hospital?

Severance Hospital in South Korea, as a leading medical institution, has shown great success in the treatment of various diseases. That is why millions of patients choose this hospital.

The clinic is visited not only by local, but also by foreign citizens. These are primarily residents of the USA, Canada, Japan, China, Mongolia and Russia. For foreigners, there is a fast track service system. Thanks to this, the patient undergoes the necessary examination as soon as possible and receives a referral for treatment.

In addition, the clinic provides the following services to foreign patients:

  • transfer from airport;
  • accommodation in comfortable rooms;
  • individual food (western, Slavic, halal);
  • translation services;
  • follow-up after returning home.
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about treatment in Severance Hospital
Personalized treatment plan
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Waiting time for a response - 7 minutes

Departments and specialities

Severance Cardiovascular Center

The Cardiovascular Center of the Severance Clinic provides qualified assistance to patients with various diseases of the cardiovascular system. The specialists of the center in the fight against these diseases use medication, interventional and surgical methods of treatment.

There are 5 specialized departments in the cardiovascular center:

  • cardiology;
  • pediatric cardiology;
  • cardiovascular radiology;
  • cardiovascular heart surgery;
  • anesthesiology.

The Severance Clinic Cardiovascular Center has the longest and most extensive experience in South Korea in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In particular, the Severance Clinic is a pioneer in the surgical treatment of cardiopathology - here heart surgeries have been performed since 1956. Today, the department's specialists perform the entire range of cardiac surgery: from stenting and coronary artery bypass grafting to heart valve reconstruction and heart transplant.

Facts and Figures

The Cardiovascular Center of the Severance Clinic demonstrates outstanding rates of success of operations, which are not inferior to those of the most famous hospitals in the world. In particular, the center can boast of the following achievements:

  • About 2000 operations per year for the treatment of coronary artery disease.
  • About 1300 operations per year for the treatment of arrhythmias.
  • Combined surgery for deformity of the heart: mortality during hospitalization 2.3% (5.8% in the US).
  • Complication rate of percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVI): 1%.
  • Complication rate in the treatment of heart valves and coronary vessels: 0.6%.

Severance Cancer center

The Yonse Cancer Center at the Severance Clinic provides comprehensive care for cancer patients, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The structure of the center includes 14 specialized departments.

The main pride of the Yonse Cancer Center is a team of highly qualified doctors. They are experts in various highly specialized areas of oncology, which allows them to successfully perform the most complex surgical interventions for cancer. 

There are oncological diseases that require extended surgical intervention - two or more operations. In this case, the team of doctors performs several operations at the same time, which reduces risks and gains time.

After surgery, patients are given radiation therapy. Jonse Cancer Center is equipped with the latest linear accelerators, which provide more efficient and safer irradiation.

Radiation therapies available at the Oncology Center

In particular, the following types of radiation therapy are available in the center:

  1. 3-D conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT).
  2. Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
  3. Tomotherapy.
  4. Contact radiation therapy (brachytherapy).
  5. Radiosurgical treatment Cyber-Knife.

On the basis of the oncological center, clinical studies are being carried out to study the effectiveness of modern anticancer drugs. Thanks to this, the patients of the Severance Clinic are the first to gain access to advanced medicines.

Severance Ophthalmology Center 

The Severance Clinic has been treating eyes since 1923. And in 1996, a separate ophthalmological center was created on its basis. To this day, the center occupies a leading position in South Korea. About 700 patients visit him daily.

The structure of the Severance Ophthalmological Center includes the following highly specialized departments:

  • kerato-fractional;
  • intraorbital;
  • glaucoma;
  • vitreous;
  • cataracts;
  • ophthalmoplasty;
  • pediatrics, treatment of strabismus and nystagmus;
  • low vision;
  • eye prosthetics.

The Ophthalmology Center of the Severance Clinic employs highly qualified doctors. They perform a wide range of eye surgeries: excimer laser keratectomy to correct myopia and astigmatism, cataract lens replacement, corneal transplant, etc. In addition, the clinic's ophthalmologists deal with the treatment of eye tumors. They use therapies to treat tumors that save the eye. These are laser photocoagulation, hyperthermia, photodynamic therapy and contact radiation therapy.

The Ophthalmology Center of the Severance Clinic is constantly improving and strives to become the best in Asia. To this end, the center took part in an experience exchange program with the world famous Wills Ophthalmology Clinic (Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine, USA). 

Severance Neurosurgery Center

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Severance Clinic has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of diseases of the nervous system. About 4000 operations are performed in the department annually.

In particular, the doctors of the department are engaged in the treatment of diseases such as:

  • brain tumors;
  • cerebral aneurysms and malformations;
  • epilepsy;
  • Parkinson's disease;
  • hemifacial spasm and trigeminal neuralgia;
  • congenital malformations of the brain;
  • various diseases of the spine.

During brain surgeries, doctors of the department use neuronavigation systems and intraoperative MRI. This allows doctors to better navigate the operating field and perform surgical procedures with greater precision.

Severance Robotic surgery Center

Clinic Severance is a leader in robotic surgery. It was here that the first robot-assisted surgery in South Korea was successfully performed in 2005. And by 2018, the doctors of the Severance Clinic had already performed 20,000 operations (a world record at that time).

Currently, Severance Hospital has 8 robotic units. They are used to conduct operations in the following industries:

  • general surgery;
  • abdominal surgery;
  • thoracic surgery;
  • gynecology;
  • urology;
  • otorhinolaryngology;
  • neurosurgery;
  • pediatric surgery.

Surgery with a Da Vinci robot has many advantages for the patient. This is less tissue trauma, less risk of complications, faster recovery. It is not surprising that this method of surgical treatment is rapidly gaining popularity around the world.

Clinic Severance is ready to share its experience in the field of robotic surgery with other medical institutions. To this end, the hospital opened a training center in 2009. The center's specialists have developed training programs for surgeons working in various fields. Doctors from all over the world come here to improve their skills in robotic surgery.

Severance Orthopedics Center

The Orthopedics Department of the Severance Clinic was founded in 1953. Since then, it has occupied a leading position in this field of medicine in the country. The department treats a wide range of diseases of the musculoskeletal system using conservative and surgical techniques. In particular, the department offers the following range of services:

  • surgery of trauma;
  • upper limb surgery;
  • lower limb surgery;
  • arthroscopic surgery;
  • oncological orthopedics;
  • spine surgery;
  • children's orthopedics;
  • sports medicine.

The Department of Orthopedics works closely with the Severance Physical Rehabilitation Center. In this center, for patients with diseases of the musculoskeletal system, a full-fledged recovery program has been developed, which involves the use of kinesiotherapy, functional electrical stimulation therapy, gait training using an exoskeleton, etc.

Doctors of Severance Hospital

Prof. Dr. Jang Hang Seok
Specializations: Oncology, General Surgery Work experience: 18 years
Consultation $ 100
Prof. Dr. Sung Hoon Noh
Specializations: Oncology Work experience: 30 years
Consultation $ 100

Prices in Severance Hospital

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
Procedure Cost
Cardiac MRI Price upon request
Colposcopy Price upon request
ECG (Electrocardiography) Price upon request
Echocardiography Price upon request
EEG (Electroencephalography) $ 500
Gastroscopy $ 1500
General Blood Analysis $ 500
Genetic Analysis $ 2500
Genetic Tests Price upon request
HLA typing Price upon request
MRI $ 1000
MRI of Brain $ 1000
MRI of Spine $ 2000
Oncomarker Blood Test Price upon request
PET CT $ 1100
PET CT with Gallium-68 (PSMA) Price upon request
PSA test Price upon request
Tumor Biopsy Price upon request
Procedure Cost
Brachytherapy Price upon request
Brain Tumor Resection $ 30000
Breast Augmentation $ 15000
Breast Reconstruction $ 23000
Breast Reduction $ 16000
Chemotherapy $ 3200
Coronary Artery Stenting $ 23000
Craniotomy $ 34000
Cyber Knife Price upon request
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) $ 70000
Gastric Banding Price upon request
Gastric Sleeve Price upon request
Hair Transplant $ 6000
Hip Fracture Surgery Price upon request
Hip Replacement $ 30000
Hip Surgery Price upon request
Hormonal Therapy Price upon request
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) $ 25000
Hysterectomy $ 30000
Immunotherapy Price upon request
IMRT RadioTherapy Price upon request
Knee Arthroplasty Price upon request
Knee Cartilage Surgery Price upon request
Knee Fracture Treatment Price upon request
Kyphoplasty Price upon request
LASEK $ 2300
Laser Correction of Eyesight $ 11100
LASIK $ 13000
Lumpectomy $ 13300
Operative Treatment of Inguinal Hernia Price upon request
Radiotherapy $ 17000
Valve Replacement $ 70000


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Reviews about Severance Hospital (12)

Oakley, 45 y.o.
My MRI experience at Clinic Severance was exceptional. The facility was modern and efficient, and the staff were highly professional and spoke English fluently. The MRI process was smooth, with minimal wait time. The radiologist was reassuring and provided a thorough explanation, making me comfortable during the scan. The detailed MRI report was invaluable for my treatment plan. 

South Korea
Artificial Disc Replacement
Two years ago, I had a hernia removed back in Russia, but back pain still bothered me. After moving to Korea, I decided to take up this issue. I turned to neuropathologists, and then to the spinal surgeon of the Severance clinic (on the recommendation of friends). It turned out that my disk had completely disintegrated and the only way out was to replace it. I do not argue that the operation cost a pretty penny, but after 3 months I already forgot about those terrible pains, it's worth it. I thank the staff of the medical center and in which case I will know where to turn.
South Korea
Artificial Disc Replacement
Two years ago, I had a hernia removed back in Russia, but back pain still bothered me. After moving to Korea, I decided to take up this issue. I turned to neuropathologists, and then to the spinal surgeon of the Severance clinic (on the recommendation of friends). It turned out that my disk had completely disintegrated and the only way out was to replace it. I do not argue that the operation cost a pretty penny, but after 3 months I already forgot about those terrible pains, it's worth it. I thank the staff of the medical center and in which case I will know where to turn.
This review was translated automatically
South Korea
Gamma Knife
My father had brain neurinoma, and we took him to Severance Hospital on the recommendation of a friend. They performed gamma knife, which went successful. The hospital has excellent services.
Lee Wiun
I had my radiotherapy sessions at Severance hospital for glioma. Although it was quite hectic, I am happy that I got rid of this disease.
Elsa Mendes 
I wanted to get gender affirmation surgery. When I consulted with Prof. Dr. Jang Hang Seok at Severance Hospital, he suggested Vaginoplasty, but before that, I had to go through some other surgical procedure. My experience with the hospital and the doctor was remarkable
whipple operation
My Whipple operation was done at a South Korean hospital and I can't emphasize enough their excellent services and their welcoming environment. The surgeons were super nice and performed my surgery properly. The care I was given after the surgery was also up to expectations. I had a great experience with Gangnam Severance hospital and will recommend it to everyone.
 Elenas, 45 y.o.
There are no people who are not afraid of cancer. For many, this is a death sentence. There was also a tragedy in our family, my brother was diagnosed with kidney cancer. It's like thunder in the clear sky. Where to run? Who should I contact? How long does it take to live? I want to tell right away to those who have cancer or who have such a terrible disease in the family - contact not only an oncologist but also a psychologist. His support is also needed. We treated my brother in South Korea while oncologists worked with my brother, a psychologist who worked with me and his wife. Because if there is a cancer patient in the family, everyone suffers, and it's morally hard for everyone. Thank God, the doctors performed an operation that was successful. There are not even scars on the body. We've been home for a year and everything seems to be fine. My brother monitors his health and is regularly examined.
Ivaan, 39 y.o.
In my home country (Kyiv), my doctor told me that I had an astrocytoma and that my situation was pretty bad. I immediately began to look for solutions, refusing the help of local specialists. I thought about going to Turkey since many of my friends were treated for various kinds of diseases there. But after talking with the coordinators of the clinic service, I decided to go to Seoul. After passing the diagnostics, I was diagnosed with histiocytic astrocytoma. The tumor was excised, and treatment was prescribed. The doctors achieved stable remission. I am very grateful to the Severance Clinic and Professor Seok-Gu Kang.
Valya, 38 y.o.
South korea
A month ago, I went through a hell of torment after being diagnosed with angiosarcoma. Treatment took place in Severens. I had Moss surgery first. All at the highest level. Each piece of tissue was given for research. Indeed, medicine has moved forward very quickly. I also took targeted therapy drugs. Now I am in remission.
I visited Gangnam Severance Hospital to get treatment for stomach cancer. My case was handled by Dr. Sung Hoon Noh. He did an excellent job as I am getting a lot better under his care. I am satisfied with his services.
South Korea
throat surgery
I visited Gangnam Severance Hospital to get surgery for a tumor in my throat. There I was attended by Dr. Jang Hang Seok. I can only tell good things about him as he is a great doctor and an empathetic person with a great personality.  He has helped me through my entire journey of combating my disease. I am very grateful for his services

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What medical areas of Severance Hospital are most in demand?

The most in demand are the departments of oncology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, and endocrinology.

Does Severance Hospital treat children?

The structure of the Severance Hospital includes a separate pediatric center, whose specialists are engaged in the treatment of children.

Does Severance Hospital have a plastic surgery department?

Yes, the clinic has a plastic surgery department. The department's specialists perform both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeries.
Published: 06.11.2021 Updated: 19.12.2021
Hafsa Raja
Medical Author
Dr. Zeeshan Zaman (M.D)
Medical Author & Reviewer
Information given on this page is confirmed by medical expert on 06.11.2021
Dr. Zeeshan Zaman (M.D)
Medical Author & Reviewer

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