Hee Chul Yang, MD, PhD

Department of Thoracic Surgery, Center for Lung Cancer, National Cancer Center, Goyang, South Korea

Dr. Yang is currently a senior researcher in the department of Innovative Medical Engineering & Technology as well as a faculty member of thoracic surgery branch at the National Cancer Center in Goyang, South Korea. He received his medical degree from the Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea. He completed his Surgical Residence at the Samsung Medical Center, Seoul.

In 2011, Dr. Yang started the Single-Incision Thoracoscopic Surgery (SITS) at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and until now achieved over 500 cases of SITS.

Dr. Yang joined the faculty staff at the National Cancer Center in 2014. He also became the senior researcher and developed several innovative surgical instruments for minimally invasive surgery. In 2017, he had a chance to work in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC-Presbyterian & Shadyside) for one year as a visiting scholar. He exclusively dedicated to Robot-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (RATS) under the mentoring of Dr. Sarkaria who is a director of thoracic robotic surgery in UPMC.

Dr. Yang ’s research focuses on the thoracic oncology including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and mediastinal tumors like many other researchers. However, he is more interested in rare and intractable cancers (especially, sarcoma) as a founding member of Sarcoma Research Group. He thinks it is the mission of the National Cancer Center.

He has published many articles on various subjects. His research keywords were SITS, Pneumothorax, Pain control, Air leak detection, and Lung adenocarcinoma. Currently He is preparing to set up a company for medical devices.

Articles Published in the Journal of Thoracic Disease

Single incision thoracoscopic lobectomy through a 2.5 cm skin incision

Pain control of thoracoscopic major pulmonary resection: is pre-emptive local bupivacaine injection able to replace the intravenous patient controlled analgesia?

Clinical outcomes of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery esophagectomy for esophageal cancer: a propensity score- matched analysis

Novel Air Leak Test using Surfactant for Lung Surgery