- Prizes go to Professor Gi-won Song of Asan Medical Center, Professor Jin Won Lee of Hallym University Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, and Professor Yoon Young Choi of Severance Hospital
On Nov. 3, Doosan Yonkang Foundation (Chairman Yong Hyun Park) hosted the Doosan Yonkang Research Awards for Surgical Medicine 2018 at the Grand Hilton Seoul in Hongeun-dong, Seoul. The winners of this year’s awards were Professor Gi-won Song of the Department of Surgery at Asan Medical Center, Professor Jin Won Lee of the Department of General Surgery at Hallym University Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, and Professor Yoon Young Choi of the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Severance Hospital, who received plaques and prizes worth 10 million won (about $9,000) each.
Professor Gi-won Song was recognized for his research paper titled, “Outcome of ABO-incompatible Adult Living-donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT) for Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC),” which demonstrated that a treatment before an ABO-incompatible LDLT does not have any impact on the recurrence afterward, and is highly effective in expanding the living-donor pool and lowering the mortality rate of HCC patients waiting for transplantation.
Professor Jin Won Lee wrote his research paper on “Evaluation of a Polyurethane Foam Dressing Impregnated with 3% Povidone-iodine (Betafoam) in a Rat Wound Model.” Through the research, Lee proved the effectiveness of Betafoam in wound healing* as having equal or superior performance compared to other various types of silver-containing foam dressings and minimizing secondary damage to wounds during a dressing change, in an animal model.
Lastly, through his paper titled, “Modification of the Tumor, Node, Metastasis (TNM) Staging System for Stage II/III Gastric Cancer Based on a Prognostic Single Patient Classifier (SPC) Algorithm,” Professor Yoon Young Choi demonstrated that the prognosis of gastric cancer patients can be accurately predicted by applying the mRNA expression-based SPC algorithm to the standard TNM staging system.
The Doosan Yonkang Research Awards for Surgical Medicine were established in 2007 to help develop surgical medicine and boost the research morale of surgical doctors in Korea.
*Wound healing: A medical terminology describing the process whereby the skin repairs itself after injury.
▲On Nov. 3, Doosan Yonkang Foundation Chairman Yong Hyun Park (right) poses for a photo with Professor Yoon Young Choi, Professor Gi-won Song, Professor Jin Won Lee and a member of the Advisory Committee (from right to left) during the Doosan Yonkang Research Awards for Surgical Medicine 2018 at the Grand Hilton Seoul.