FROM THE PUBLISHER
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR CONNECTION AND INNOVATION, BRINGING POSITIVE IMPACT FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF BIO-MEDICAL INDUSTRY & HEALTHCARE
I am happy to introduce the creation of the World Korean Medical Journal, otherwise known as WKMJ. Our journal is the official journal published by World Korean Medical Organization (WKMO). The goal of the World Korean Medical Journal is to present multidisciplinary perspectives on healthcare and related issues.
WKMJ is distributed to more than 38,000 physicians and organizations, including 20,000 health care professionals and bio-health industry executives in the United States. WKMJ will publish original articles, reviews, and columns, introducing the emerging issues in medicine and new trends in bio-health industry. It will encompass a wide spectrum of disciplines including medicine, technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare management, and other subjects. In addition to updating on the notable activities of physicians of Korean heritage, the journal will also feature leaders in medical community and the pharmaceutical industry. Further, it will update its leadership on conference proceedings and new diagnostic and therapeutic products. Our aim is to provide a forum for readers to develop an integrative perspective in the complicated fields of healthcare.
As the global organization for 140,000 Korean physicians throughout the world, WKMO offers unprecedented potential to enhance global health. We look forward to partnering with you, to create an environment for connection and innovation, bringing positive impact for the advancement of bio-medical industry and healthcare.
Chul S. Hyun, MD, PhD
President of WKMO
FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF
WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL ISSUE OF THE WKMJ
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the World Korean Medical Journal. Why in this age of proliferative journals do we need another? The reason is that there is need to disseminate information amongst the increasing number of Korean heritage physicians throughout the world on the activities and issues facing physicians everywhere. The creation of the World Korean Model Organization (WKMO) is timely and the journal can help with networking and presenting interesting topics. The journal focuses on Korean physicians in the myriad roles medicine offers, medical outreach to underserved areas including our kin in the North, comparing health systems, even biomedical industrial advancement, as well as featuring activities of organizations such as the World Korean Medical Student Association, the future Korean physicians.
The journal is launched in an Olympic year and we are able to feature one of the greatest Olympic physician athletes of all time. Dr. Sammy Lee is a Korean American physician who won two gold medals in diving in 1948 and 1952, as well as silver medal for the US. And he was a USC medical student, who was denied competing in the 1944 games due to World War II. It was distinct pleasure and honor to interview Dr. Lee a living legend. Dr. Lee at 94 has a sharp mind and his story is remarkable one of perseverance and accomplishment. Dr. Sammy Lee truly embodies the Olympic spirit Altius - striving higher.
WKMO had its first regional conference in Brazil which was a successful meeting. We look forward to the 3rd Annual WKMO meeting in NY on July 4th weekend so please join us to interact with Korean physicians from wide and afar. For the Korean American Medical Association 2014 is a special year as it is the 40th anniversary so come celebrate this special occasion in Hawaii in August (www.KAMAus.org). Please share this journal with your friends and colleagues. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
David Y. Ko, MD
Editor in Chief
Board Director of WKMO
President of KAMA