Professor Jheon graduated Kyungpook National University School of Medicine (Daegu, Korea) in 1984, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1994. After finishing residency and his military obligations as a medical officer of the Korean Army, he started his professional carrier in 1994. Currently he is chair professor of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, College of Medicine, Seoul National University which administers the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery of 3 affiliated hospitals of Seoul National University College of Medicine: Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and Seoul Metropolitan Government Borame Hospital. He is also an adjunct professor at the Department of Surgery, Tokyo Medical University, Japan and New Journey Cancer Hospital in Beijing, China.
He has mainly worked at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) since 2003 and currently he is also serving as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer.
He is engaged in a multitude of domestic and international medical societies, and serves as on the editorial board of many medical journals. He is a member of the Academy of Medicine of Korea. He is one the only two thoracic surgeons who are members of this prestigious academy.
He initiated multicenter studies in Korea and has exerted a huge impact on young thoracic surgeons through collaborative studies. He is also one of very few thoracic surgeons who have his own research laboratories. He is administering a variety of studies in different fields of basic research, in addition to his significant clinical achievements and provides research opportunities for young thoracic surgeons, regardless of their institution.
He is founder of Asia Thoracoscopic Surgery Education Program (ATEP) which is known as a representative education program of thoracoscopic surgery in Asia. He also organized the Korean Thoracoscopic Surgery Study Group and published the ‘Video Atlas of Thoracoscopic Surgery’. He is also one of 4 founding members of the Asia Thoracic Surgical Club (ATSC) which was established in 2001.
Not only does he publish many scientific papers in major journals, he is invited to lecture around the world. He designed the Global Medical Academy in SNUBH and has been inviting a series of board-certified doctors (numbering over 250) from the city of Moscow for 2-week education courses. By this initiative the SNUBH Global Medical Academy has begun to expand its capacity to other countries.
He is an open minded and creative surgeon, ready to welcome innovation. Details of his multifaceted activities are in the following personal resume.