I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I worked in a national leprosy center of Korea instead of the military responsibilty.
I wanted to help many leprosy patients.
I came to know that orthopaedic surgery is the most helpful department to help patients with peripheral nerve palsies.

What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?

We can get very dramatic and obvious changes.
As a trauma surgeon, I can get dramatic changes not only in the X-ray images but also the patient’s physical status.
As a spine surgeon, severely ill patients such as those with ruptured disc or cord injury could be much more comfortable and functional after my surgery.
When I joined the rescue team for the victims of Haiti earthquake in 2010, I was very happy that I could be helpful to many injured patients. I worked in Port-au- France for 8 nights, that time was the best period in my whole life yet.
I want to spend the rest of my life helping deserted, far-from-help people.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like climbing mountains. I want to maintain my physical health to help people as long as possible. I try to make my students and trainees learn as efficiently and joyfully as possible. I make my lecture files both educational and enjoyable for them.

In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?

I often join a Sunday mass for foreign immigrants in Korea. Once a month, I participate in a clinic for foreign workers with the people that immigrated from North Korea.