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The History of Korean Thyroid Pathology
Int J Thyroidol 2018;11(1):15-20
Published online May 30, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Thyroid Association.

Soon Won Hong1 and Chan Kwon Jung2

Department of Pathology, Yonsei University College of Medicine1, Department of Hospital Pathology and Cancer Research Institute, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea2, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Soon Won Hong, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 211 Eonju-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06273, Korea
Tel: 82-2-2019-3540, Fax: 82-2-3463-2103, E-mail:
Received March 29, 2018; Accepted April 26, 2018.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Pathologists play a critical role in the diagnosis and treatment planning of patients as well as in research. The first article of thyroid related research in Korea was reported in 1911. The Korean Society of Pathologists was found in 1946. In Korea thyroid fine needle aspiration cytology was introduced in the 1970s and became widely available in the 1980s. The Korean Society for Cytopathology was founded in 1986. Korean Endocrine Pathology Study Group was founded in 2007. Korean pathologists have been actively involved in internal and external scientific and educational activities. Herein, we briefly review the history of thyroid cytopathology and surgical pathology in Korea.
Keywords : Pathology, Thyroid, Fine-needle aspiration, History

November 2018, 11 (2)