Kwangsung Park, Korea
Brief Personal Biography
Dr. Kwangsung Park is a professor of Urology at Chonnam National University Medical School, director of the Sexual Medicine Research Center, Chonnam National University, and director of the Biomedical Research Institute, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. He received his medical degree (1983) and PhD at Chonnam National University, and completed his urology residency at Chonnam National University Hospital, and a fellowship in male erectile dysfunction at Boston University School of Medicine (1995-1997).
He is currently a chairman of the scientific program and research committee and also a member-at-large of the APSSM, and vice chairman of the Korean Association for Sexology. He served as a co-chairman of the scientific committee of the ISSM in 2010, and as the president of the Korean Society for Sexual Medicine and Andrology (2010-2012) and vice-president of the Korean Society for Reproductive Medicine. He is currently an editorial board member of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the International Journal of Urology, and the Journal of Men’s Health.
He has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed international medical journals and has authored several books on both male and female sexual dysfunction.
Why I want to serve on the ISSM
ISSM is a great organization and I am proud to have been a member since 1994. With strong organization ties and a continuing focus on education, I want to be an integral part of ISSM and I would like to contribute to growth of the ISSM into developing multidisciplinary approaches for both male and female sexual dysfunction.
My qualifications for leadership in ISSM
I have served as APSSM 2008 scientific chair, and ISSM 2010 scientific co-chairman. I have also served as a member of scientific committee and prize committee in the ISSM. Currently, I am a chairman of the scientific program and research committee and also member-at-large of the APSSM.
I have been at the forefront in the study of female sexual dysfunction (awarded the Jean-Paul Ginestie Prize in 1996) and investigating the brain center for sexual function (awarded the Newman-Zigniotti Prize in 2000).
These areas will continue to grow and I hope that my expertise will help promote expansion of these areas.
My plans and directions for future ISSM development
Greater educational tools need to be made available so that physicians could acquire skills in treating both men and women. With better treatment procedures, we can help to promote healthy sexual living in both men and women.
I would like to promote sexual medicine education programs for medical students and also a graduate program dealing exclusively with sexual medicine to improve the quality of care.
In some regions of the Asia-Pacific and other under-developed countries, there are places that have little access to education in sexual medicine. By providing greater lines of communication between physicians in these areas and members of the ISSM, we can help expand the educational boundaries of our field to even greater distances.
In addition, I would like to expand the research grants for the development of novel management tools and strategies in both male and female sexual dysfunctions.