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
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
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.