Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Bo Sung Sim, MD, 1955-1957

(Source: “Bo Sung Sim [1924 – 2001]: a pioneer of neurosurgery in Korea,” Journal of Neurosurgery, September 2006)

Dr. Bo Sung SimDr. Bo Sung Sim (pictured at left) was born in 1924 in Seoul, Korea. He earned his MD at what was then Kyoung Sung Imperial University College of Medicine (now Seoul National University College of Medicine). What makes Dr. Sim unique is that his experience with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Neurosurgery wasn’t during a typical residency. It driven by the aftermath of the Korean War.

After Dr. Sim graduated from Medical School in 1949, he studied surgery at Seoul Women’s Medical College, the precursor of Korea University. It was during this period that he became aware of neurosurgery but could not receive training in the specialty because it wasn’t offered at the time.

Army medical officer
When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Dr. Sim joined the army and served as a medical officer. As he treated various traumatic injuries, he began to feel strongly about the need for neurosurgical care. Military leadership agreed and equipped an operating facility where Dr. Sim devoted himself to managing head injuries. He was then sent to a U.S. MASH unit, where he fell under the influence of American neurosurgeons and built his experience and knowledge of systematic neurosurgical care.

Coming to the U of M
After the war, the International Cooperation and Administration Project was initiated by the U.S. government for postwar reconstruction in Korea. As part of the project, a technical agreement of cooperation between the University of Minnesota and Seoul National University, called the Minnesota Plan, was created. The Plan provided for a professor exchange program and Dr. Sim came to the U as part of the Neurosurgical Department’s residency program. Between 1955 and 1957, he trained under Dr. William Peyton and Dr. Lyle French.

Dr. Sim appreciated the many opportunities he was given in Minnesota to build his neurosurgical skills. He recalled fondly the journal conferences, which were held, “in a cozy manner at the houses of Dr. Peyton and Dr. French alternatively twice a month.” He noted that he and Dr. Peyton often attended football games after these conferences.

Korean Neurosurgeons and Dr and Mrs Lyle FrenchPictured at left: Dr. Lyle A. French and his wife (far right) during their 1988 visit to Korea, with three University of Minnesota trainees (from left), Dr. Bo Sung Sim, Dr. Jeong Hwa Chu, and Dr. Kil Soo Choi. Courtesy of the personal photograph archives of Bo Sung Sim.

 

 

When he returned to Korea, Dr. Sim was appointed head of the Division of Neurosurgery, which later became the Department of Neurosurgery. He was largely responsible for laying the foundation for neurological surgery in Korea. When the intern and resident program was introduced in 1958, Dr. Sim began educating the next generation of Korean neurosurgeons.

Innovative neurosurgeon
Dr. Sim was also an innovator. He successfully treated a patient with intractable epilepsy caused by cerebral paragonimiasis, an infection caused by eating undercooked freshwater fish and crustaceans, which was prevalent in Korea at the time. It gained him international recognition.

Dr. Sim would go on to leadership positions, both in his department and of professional organizations such as the Korean Neurosurgical Society, which he helped found. He published more than 320 articles in medical journals and was instrumental in bringing basic neurosurgical research to Korea.

As the article authors wrote, “Bo Sung Sim was a true teacher who devoted his life to establishing neurosurgery in Korea with his incessant clinical activities, education and research. He will go down in the history of neurosurgery in Korea as a true pioneer.”


The Neurosurgery Department’s relationship with the Neurosurgery Department of Seoul National University Hospital continues to this day, as this story shows. In 2007, then Department Head Stephen Haines, MD, was invited to attend its 50th anniversary. In 2018, current Department Head, Clark C. Chen, MD, PhD; traveled as an invited lecturer and honored guest to the department, as shown below.

Dr. Clark C. Chen in Korea

Former Residents

2020

David DarrowDavid Darrow, MD, MPH
2013–2020
Coridon QuinnCoridon Quinn, MD
2013-2020

2019

Molly Hubbard, MDMolly Hubbard, MD
2012–2019
(deceased 1-9-2020)
Joshua Lim, MDJoshua Lim, MD
2012-2019

2018

Amit Goyal, MDAmit Goyal, MD
2011–2018
Akshay Gupte, MDAkshay Gupte, MD
2011-2018

2017

Paramita Das, MDParamita Das, MD
2011–2017
Catherine Miller, MDCatherine Miller, MD
2011-2017

2016

Ciro Vasquez, MDCiro Vasquez, MD
2010–2016
Zoe Zhang, MDZoe Zhang, MD
2010–2016

2015

Daraspreet Kainth, MDDaraspreet Kainth, MD
2009–2015
Dino Terzic, MDDino Terzic, MD
2009-2015

2014

Kristin Jones, MDKristin Jones, MD
2012-2014
Farhan Siddiq, MDFarhan Siddiq, MD
2008-2014

2013

Rabia Qaiser, MDRabia Qaiser, MD
2008-2013
Haejoe Park, MDHaejoe Park, MD
2008-2013

2012

Fotis Souslian, MDFotis Souslian, MD
2007-2012
Efkan Colpan, MDEfkan Colpan, MD
2009-2012

2011

Christopher Roark, MDChristopher Roark, MD
2006-2011

2010

Greg Sher, MD, MPHGreg Sher, MD, MPH
2005-2010
Kyle Uittenbogaard, MDKyle Uittenbogaard, MD
2005-2010
Praveen Baimeedi, MDPraveen Baimeedi, MD
2006-2010

2009

Joel Ulloth, MDJoel Ulloth, MD
2004-2009

2008

Hart P. Garner, MDHart P. Garner, MD
2003-2008

2007

John Drygas, MD, MSJohn Drygas, MD, MS
2002-2007
Eun Kyung (Michelle) Won, MDEun Kyung (Michelle) Won, MD
2002-2007

2006

Adam O. Hebb, MDAdam O. Hebb, MD
2001-2006
Charles R. Watts, MD, PhDCharles R. Watts, MD, PhD
2001-2006

2005

Edward Rustamzadeh, MD, PhDEdward Rustamzadeh, MD, PhD
2000-2005

2004

Ray M. Chu, MDRay M. Chu, MD
1999-2004
Ramachandra P. Tummala, MDRamachandra P. Tummala, MD
1999-2004
Sabrina M. Walski-Easton, MDSabrina M. Walski-Easton, MD
1999-2004

2003

Patrick C. Graupman, MDPatrick C. Graupman, MD
1998-2003

2002

Lars Anker, MDLars Anker, MD
1997-2002
Khalid Sethi, MDKhalid Sethi, MD
1997-2002

2001

Darren S. Lovick, MDDarren S. Lovick, MD
1996-2001
Margaret A. Wallenfriedman, MD, PhDMargaret
Wallen-
friedman,
MD, PhD
1995-2001

2000

Walter C. Jean, MDWalter C. Jean, MD
1994-2000
Michael P. McCue, MD, ScDMichael P. McCue, MD, ScD
1994-2000
Alejandro Mendez, MDAlejandro Mendez, MD
1994-1999

1998

Walter E. Galicich, MDWalter E. Galicich, MD
1993-1998
Joel D. Seigel, MDJoel D. Seigel, MD
1993-1998
Bradley E. Weprin, MDBradley E. Weprin, MD
1993-1998

1997

Jerone D. Kennedy, MDJerone D. Kennedy, MD
1991-1997
Eric S. Nussbaum, MDEric S. Nussbaum, MD
1992-1997
Abhay Sanan, MDAbhay Sanan, MD
1992-1997

1996

Jeffrey P. Blount, MDJeffrey P. Blount, MD
1990-1996
Eric P. Flores, MDEric P. Flores, MD
1992-1996
Edison P. McDaniels, MDEdison P. McDaniels, MD
1991-1996

1995

Todd Y. Nida, MDTodd Y. Nida, MD
1989-1995

1994

John C. Mullan, MDJohn C. Mullan, MD
1988-1994
Leslie A. Sebring, MD, PhDLeslie A. Sebring, MD, PhD
1991-1994

1993

Paul J. Camarata, MDPaul J. Camarata, MD
1987-1993
Jacques J. Morcos, MDJacques J. Morcos, MD
1990-1993
Mitesh V. Shah, MDMitesh V. Shah, MD
1988-1993

1992

Young Chung, MDYoung Chung, MD
1987-1992
Dennis Y.K. Wen, MDDennis Y.K. Wen, MD
1987-1992

1991

William F. Ganz, MDWilliam F. Ganz, MD
1986-1991
Frank L. Genovese, MDFrank L. Genovese, MD
1986-1991

1990

Christine M. Cox, MDChristine M. Cox, MD
1985-1990

1989

Anthony G. Bottini, MDAnthony G. Bottini, MD
1984-1989
 
1988
Thomas A. Bergman, MDThomas A. Bergman, MD
1983-1988
Mary E. Dunn, MDMary E. Dunn, MD
1983-1988

1987

H. Dennis Mollman, MD, PhDH. Dennis Mollman, MD, PhD
1982-1987
S. David Moss, MDS. David Moss, MD
1982-1987
Aizik L. Wolf, MDAizik L. Wolf, MD
1982-1987

1986

Edward G. Hames III, MD, PhDEdward G. Hames III, MD, PhD
1981-1986

1985

J. Bob Blacklock, MDJ. Bob Blacklock, MD
1980-1985
Gary L. Rea, MD, PhDGary L. Rea, MD, PhD
1979-1985

1983

Voravut Chanyavanich, MDVoravut Chanyavanich, MD
1978-1983
Terry W. Hood, MDTerry W. Hood, MD
1978-1983
Petr O. Ruzicka, MDPetr O. Ruzicka, MD
1978-1983

1982

John C. Godersky, MDJohn C. Godersky, MD
1977-1982
Richard P. Moser, MDRichard P. Moser, MD
1977-1982
Mahmoud G. Nagib, MDMahmoud G. Nagib, MD
1977-1982

1981

Alexa I. Canady, MDAlexa I. Canady, MD
1976-1981
Dennis L. Shubert, MD, PhDDennis L. Shubert, MD, PhD
1977-1981

1980

John R. Mawk, MDJohn R. Mawk, MD
1975-1980

1979

W. H. Druckemiller, Jr., MDW. H. Druckemiller, Jr., MD
1974-1979
Robert D. Harris, MD, PhDRobert D. Harris, MD, PhD
1974-1979

1978

Daniel B. Ahlberg, MDDaniel B. Ahlberg, MD
1971-1972; 1974-1978
Fernando G. Diaz, MD, PhDFernando G. Diaz, MD, PhD
1973-1978

1977

Robert G. Clubb, MDRobert G. Clubb, MD
1972-1977
Kenneth J. Murray, MD, PhDKenneth J. Murray, MD, PhD
1973-1979
Andrew J.K. Smith, MD, PhDAndrew J.K. Smith, MD, PhD
1972-1977

1976

Richard S. Gregory, MDRichard S. Gregory, MD
1967-1970; 1973-1977

1975

George S. Allen, MD, PhDGeorge S. Allen, MD, PhD
1970-1975
Phudhiphorn Thienprasit, MD, PhDPhudhiphorn Thienprasit, MD, PhD
1970-1975

1974

Harry O. Cole, MDHarry O. Cole, MD
1969-1974
Humberto Ortiz-Suarez, MD, PhDHumberto Ortiz-Suarez, MD, PhD
1969-1974
Gaylan L. Rockswold, MD, PhDGaylan L. Rockswold, MD, PhD
1969-1974

1973

Willis E. Brown, MDWillis E. Brown, MD
1968-1973
Norval M. Simms, MDNorval M. Simms, MD
1968-1973
Deceased 7/24/1975

1972

James I. Ausman, MD, PhDJames I. Ausman, MD, PhD
1964-1965; 1969-1972
Kil Soo Choi, MDKil Soo Choi, MD
1970-1972
Harry M. Rogers, MDHarry M. Rogers, MD
1967-1972

1971

Robert E. Maxwell, MD, PhDRobert E. Maxwell, MD, PhD
1966-1971
Anavankot Mohandas, MDAnavankot Mohandas, MD
1966-1971

1970

David Danoff, MDDavid Danoff, MD
1965-1970

1969

John L. Seymour, MDJohn L. Seymour, MD
1965-1969
Donald L. Erickson, MDDonald L. Erickson, MD
1964-1969

1968

Edward L. Seljeskog, MD, PhDEdward L. Seljeskog, MD, PhD
1963-1968
John P. Wissinger, MDJohn P. Wissinger, MD
1963-1968

1967

Michael E. Carey, MDMichael E. Carey, MD
1962-1967

1965

John Cleary, MD, PhDJohn Cleary, MD, PhD
1965
Fernando G. Diaz, MD, PhDFernando Ruiz Garcia, MD
1964-1965
Donlin M. Long, MD, PhDDonlin M. Long, MD, PhD
1960-1965

1964

Warren Boop, MDWarren Boop, MD
1960-1964
August W. Geise, MDAugust W. Geise, MD
1960-1964
Deceased 1/14/1997

1963

Joseph H. Galicich, MDJoseph H. Galicich, MD
1958-1963
John Serbu, MDJohn Serbu, MD
1959-1963
Deceased 12/17/1999

1962

Erich S. Wisiol, MDErich S. Wisiol, MD
1958-1962
Deceased 11/21/2004

1961

Jim L. Story, MDJim L. Story, MD
1956-1961
Jeong Wha Chu, MDJeong Wha Chu, MD
1959-1961
Max E. Zarling, MDMax E. Zarling, MD
1957-1961

1960

Lucien R. Hodges, MDLucien R. Hodges, MD
1956-1960
Deceased 6/19/2000

1959

Richard H. Strassburger, MDRichard H. Strassburger, MD
1956-1959

1957

Bo Sung Sim, MDBo Sung Sim, MD
1955-1957
Ralph L. Suechtin, MDRalph L. Suechtin, MD
1953-1957
James E. McIntosch, MDJames E. McIntosch, MD
1953-1957

1956

Howard Chandler, MDHoward Chandler, MD
1952-1956
Purdue L. Gould, MDPurdue L. Gould, MD
1952-1956
Deceased 8/24/2011

1955

Shelley N. Chou, MD, PhDShelley N. Chou, MD, PhD
1950-1955
Deceased 7/21/2001
William S. Ogle, MDWilliam S. Ogle, MD
1954-1955

1954

David R. Johnson, MDDavid R. Johnson, MD
1948-1954
Deceased 11/4/2005

1953

Carrel M. Caudill, MDCarrel M. Caudill, MD
1949-1953
Deceased 1/1/2006
    
Gerald L. Haines, MD, PhDGerald L. Haines, MD, PhD
1949-1953
Deceased 2/11/2015

1952

Martin E. Feferman, MDMartin E. Feferman, MD
1948-1952
Deceased 5/21/2011

1951

Paul S. Blake, MDPaul S. Blake, MD
1947-1951
Deceased 5/23/1997

1950

Robert L. Merrick, MDRobert L. Merrick, MD
1949-1950
Deceased 10/16/2004
C. Kent Olson, MDC. Kent Olson, MD
1946-1950
Deceased 9/6/2000

1949

Jules D. Levin, MDJules D. Levin, MD
1942-1949
Deceased 2/16/2002

1947

Lyle A. French, MD, PhDLyle A. French, MD, PhD
1940-1947
Deceased 10/19/2004

1946

Leonard A. Titrud, MD, PhDLeonard A. Titrud, MD, PhD
1939-1946
Deceased 10/18/2004

1938

Harold Buchstein, MDHarold Buchstein, MD
1935-1938
Deceased 10/29/1987