By Jung Min-ho
Jung Hee-won, the head of Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH), was reelected Friday as the fifth president of the Korea International Medical Association (KIMA) at the general assembly at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul.
He was first elected as head of the organization in 2010.
The 60-year-old will serve another two-year term as the head of KIMA. A total of 22 members out of 35 participated in the vote to pick the leader of Korea’s biggest international medical association.
“Under the current leadership, there have been specific goals to fulfill the vision of KIMA; promoting Korean medical services globally as well as enhancing the quality of medical practice by educating staff,” an official said. “Also, we strive to financially support members of the organization to globalize medical technology to compete in the international market.”
KIMA’s role has become greater of late, as the foreign demand for Korean medical services gets higher, thanks to the influence of Hallyu, or the Korean wave.
Since he was appointed as head of SNUH, he has emphasized the importance of the globalization of medical services through research and technological improvements.