Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
222 Banpodae-ro, Seocho-gu, 
Seoul, 06591 
Korea South


Spine Center Director:
Kyeong-Sik Ryu

Team members:
Young-Hoon Kim (OS) 
Sang-Il Kim (OS) 
Jin-Sung Kim (NS) 
Jung-Woo Hur (NS)

Center description

Seoul St. Mary's Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Korea. For the spine center, it is one of the
leading centers in Korea in terms of not only the surgical results but research.

Most frequent pathologies

Deformity, tumors, degenerative diseases, infection and trauma for lumbar and cervical spine

Most frequent surgical procedures

Spine deformity surgery using minimally invasive approach (DLIF), children and adult spinal deformity,
spine tumors including primary and metastatic spine tumors, minimally invasive TLIF and LLIF for degenerative spine diseases
Number of cases
Approximately 1000-1200 cases performed per year
Number of instrumented cases per year: 80% of cases

• Cervical deformity
• Cervical trauma 
• Cervical tumor 
• Chronic Pain
• Degenerative cervical spine 
• Degenerative lumbar spine 
• Dysraphic conditions 
• Rheumatoid cervical spine 
• Special procedures
• Spinal cord Injury
• Thoracic & lumbar trauma 
• Thoracic & lumbar tumor 
• Thoracolumbar deformity

approx. 5 per month  
approx. 3 per month 
approx. 5 per month 
approx. 3 per month 
approx. 30 per month 
approx. 100 per month  
approx. 3 per month 
approx. 3 per month 
approx. 50 per month 
approx. 2 per month 
approx. 5 per month 
approx. 10 per month 
approx. 30 per month

Types of fellowships

  • National fellowship
  • Regional and international fellowship
  • Short-term fellowships (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • Long-term fellowships (6 to 12 months)
  • Fellow can scrub-in and assist scrubbed in
Average number of surgeries per week in the OR for the fellow: about 10