Lions Clubs International honors Professor Choi Youngsik


Oak Brook, June 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – It’s one thing to treat patients’ symptoms, but it’s another to treat the whole person, understand their needs, and provide compassionate care. . Professor Choi Youngsik from Busan, South Korea has dedicated his entire career to medical education, innovation and research, volunteering and helping those in need.

For his dedication to humanitarian service and medical contributions to the world, Professor Youngsik received the 2021 Lions Humanitarian Award. The presentation of this special award was broadcast on 103rd Lions Clubs International Convention June 28, 2021.

The Lions Humanitarian Award, the association’s highest honor, is presented to an individual or organization with exemplary humanitarian efforts and is accompanied by a grant of US $ 250,000 from the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Professor Youngsik joins a distinguished list of past recipients, including Mother Teresa, former US President Jimmy Carter and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr Denis Mukwege.

Lions Clubs International President Dr Jung-Yul Choi presented the award to Professor Choi Youngsik at a special ceremony, saying, “I am honored to present this award on behalf of over 1.4 million Lions. in the world. Your work changes lives, so do Lions, and we are proud to support you and your important humanitarian efforts.

Professor Youngsik is a graduate of Kosin University College of Medicine. His passion for humanitarian service began when he observed his mentor, Dr. Jang Gi-ryeo, a surgeon, educator and philanthropist from South Korea who established the Gospel Hospital in 1951 during the Korean War.

Inheriting Dr Jang’s spirit of compassion for others, Professor Youngsik began his medical volunteer work with a medical team that was sent to Bangalore, India in 1996. They were then sent to the remote region of Tuguegarao in the Philippines where he and his team have provided free treatment to patients in need since 2012. He has also conducted research on the correlations between local Tuguegarao food and thyroid disease after treating for many thyroid patients he encountered in the area during his medical service.

Under his leadership, Kosin University Gospel Hospital opened its overseas testing centers in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan in 2015 and 2016 respectively, providing free treatment to residents. A group of doctors from Almaty have been invited to the Gospel Hospital for training and education opportunities so that they can continue to serve their communities more effectively.

In 2018, Professor Youngsik was appointed Dean of Kosin University College of Medicine and Director of Gospel Hospital. Under his leadership, medical teams traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2018 and 2019, providing medical services to residents who did not have access to them. Ahead of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Youngsik recognized the benefits of telemedicine and how technology can provide secure access to healthcare. In 2020, Kosin University Gospel Hospital opened a telemedicine center in collaboration with Hanoi Medical College, creating a place for sharing medical information.

In the field of medical research, Professor Youngsik published the country’s first paper on the usefulness of ultrasound-guided fine-needle examinations of thyroid nodules in the Journal of the Korean Society of Endocrinology. His research was revolutionary at a time when only palpable nodules were subjected to fine needle examinations rather than ultrasound tests. Based on this research, he contributed to the nationwide uptake of ultrasound guided fine needle examinations in the diagnosis of thyroid nodules through his continuing education conferences.

The research has earned him numerous awards, including the Academic Medals from the Korean Association of Internal Medicine and the Korea Thyroid Association, the Academic Award in the Medical Competition of the Busan Medical Association, and the Presidential Citation of the 12e Cancer Prevention Day in 2019.

“I am truly honored to receive the Lions Humanitarian Award,” said Professor Youngsik. “It is important that we set an example for our communities and the world by volunteering, teaching and helping others. “

Learn more about the Lions Humanitarian Award and view our list of winners at

About Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. Over 1.4 million members in over 48,000 clubs serve in 200 countries and geographies around the world. Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects, and we extend the impact of our services through the generous support of our Lions Clubs International Foundation. We focus on supporting vision, environment, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes and other urgent humanitarian needs to help meet some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. For more information on Lions Clubs International, visit

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