Historical overview of the Department of Neurosurgery at Yonsei University College of Medicine in the Republic of Korea

J Neurosurg. 2021 Jan 22;1-7. doi: 10.3171/2020.8.JNS201076. Online ahead of print.


Originally founded in 1885, Gwanghyewon later became the Severance Hospital (named after philanthropist Louis Severance, who supported and funded the construction of a modern hospital) and Yonsei University College of Medicine. The Department of Neurosurgery at Severance Hospital was established in 1957, and its residency program began in 1961. Currently, the Department of Neurosurgery has 34 professors and 17 fellows; specialties include vascular, functional, pediatric, tumor, skull base, and spine neurosurgery. With its state-of-the-art neurosurgical facilities and services, the Department of Neurosurgery has developed into a department of excellence within the Yonsei University Health System. In this vignette, the authors present a historic overview of the Department of Neurosurgery.

Keywords: Gwanghyewon; Severance Hospital; Yonsei University College of Medicine; Yonsei University Health System; history.