Local Societies

Korean Continence Society

1. Brief History 


The Korean Continence Society was established in 1991, originated from the Voiding Dysfunction Study Group. The three founders, Drs. Sang Yol Mah, Ha Young Kim, Won Hee Park met on February 28, 1991, and agreed to establish the Study Group to discuss difficult cases of mainly neurogenic bladder. The first Voiding Dysfunction Study Group was held on June 12, 1991, and it was agreed that the Study Group would be renamed as the Voiding Dysfunction Research Group at the inaugural meeting on November 23 in the same year. The name, Korean Continence Society (KCS), was officially decided in 1996. 

The KCS is the only society in the area of lower urinary tract dysfunction including urinary incontinence to have gathered some of the best professionals. It is the only academic organization that was officially approved by the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences in Korea in an area of lower urinary tract dysfunction covering urinary incontinence, neurogenic bladder, female urology, overactive bladder and pelvic floor dysfunction. Not only is the KCS open to urology and other medical professionals, but it is also open to other non-doctoral, occupational categories including nurses and technicians whose caring area is in the lower urinary tract.

The Mission of the KCS, established in 2016, is 'to lead academic and clinical advancement in functional and reconstructive urology that addresses the lower urinary tract and pelvic floor, thereby contributing to improvements in quality of life and health promotion of men, women, and children'. The Vision of KCS is 'complete control of the lower urinary tract and pelvic floor, this then leading to the highest quality of life'. The Core Values to achieving this Mission and Vision is 'CHOICE': Challenge, Harmony, Originality, Improvement, Contribution, and Excellence. The basic concepts of these ideals have been existent since the beginning of the KCS. 

The Executive Committee of the KCS consists of positions such as President, Next-term President, Secretary General, Chairs of the Academic Committee, Editor-in-Chief of the International Neurourology Journal (INJ), Medical Reimbursement Committee, Research Committee, Public Relations Committee, Information Committee, Planning Committee, Treasury Committee, Education Committee, Publications Committee, Ethics Committee, International Affairs Committee, and Special Committees such as the Mission & Vision, Continence Care Specialists, the 25th KCS Anniversary History, and the Questionnaire Validation, as well. The Special Committees are temporary committees, where the Chairs are appointed by the President, whenever there are specific tasks at hand. The Committees meet at the beginning of the year to vote, discuss, plan, and process the main events of the year. The official regular Executive Committee meeting takes place four times a year. The members of the Board of Directors of the KCS are 50 people in all, and the regular Board meeting is held twice a year. 

The most important issues on the agenda are first discussed by the Executive Committee. After deliberation by the Board of Directors, the issue is finally passed on to be discussed at the General Meeting during the Annual Meeting. The General Meeting is the biggest and has the right of final decision by voting. Major society events are the Spring Symposium in April and the Annual Meeting in September. A Surgical Workshop is held once or twice a year and it generally consists of surgical video presentation or actual live surgeries with heated debates among the members. 
The Annual Meeting is usually held in September and it is the largest, comprehensive meeting which consists of a variety of topics. Along with the meeting, the Practitioner Workshop is held simultaneously for paramedics for LUTS to fulfill their practical and academic desires. In December, a Case Conference is held along with an ensuing year-end party.  The Case Conference mainly consists of discussions on difficult cases. Each hospital is supposed to bring clinical cases of hard-to-diagnose or treat along with supplementary materials such as urodynamic traces or surgery videos. Experts discuss these cases freely. 

At the 1997 ICS meeting, it was decided that Seoul would host the 2001 ICS annual meeting. This meeting was the first international meeting in the history of the Korean urological community. The 31st ICS meeting took place on September 18, 2001 at COEX in Seoul. Unfortunately, due to the sudden 911 terror attack in the U.S., most foreign members were not able to attend. Currently, approximately 50-100 Korean urologists attend at the ICS annual meeting every year, and present around 15 podium or moderated poster abstracts a year. Members also publish 30-50 papers every year in the INJ. 

So far, a total of 17 books has been published by the KCS during the last 25 years. These include the 1st edition of the Textbook of Voiding Dysfunction and Female Urology (2003), Textbook of Urodynamic Study (2005), LUT Terminology (2005), Clinical Guideline of Overactive Bladder (2007), Textbook of Conservative Treatment of Urinary Incontinence (2007), 15-year History of the KCS (2007), Textbook of Urodynamic Study (2008), Atlas of Urodynamic Study (2009), 2nd Edition of the Textbook of Voiding Dysfunction and Female Urology (2009), 2nd Edition of the Clinical Guideline of Overactive Bladder (2011), Clinical Guideline of the Neurogenic Bladder (2011), Prostate Story (2011), Clinical Guideline of the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence (2012), 20-year History of the KCS (2012), Adult Nocturia (2014), 3rd Edition of the Textbook of Voiding Dysfunction and Female Urology (2015), and the 3rd Edition of the Clinical Guideline of Overactive Bladder (2016). 

The LUTS is mainly related with QOL, therefore, questionnaires are commonly used for the measuring LUTS and its related bother. Beginning in 2007, the translation and validation of international measures in Korean have been performed. Many questionnaire instruments including I-QOL, KHQ, OABq, OABSS, ICIQ, and others have successfully validated. A total of five questionnaires were validated both linguistically and psychometrically, and linguistic validation of 18 other questionnaires was completed. 

The current official journal of the KCS is theInternational Neurourology Journal (INJ), edited by Prof. Tack Lee. After publishing its volume 1 of the first Edition of the 'Journal of Korean Continence Society' in May 1997, and the name of the journal was officially changed to INJ in April 2010. The journal has been published in English starting from Vol. 14. The INJ was registered on the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Web of Science DB of Thomson Reuter in July 2014 and the impact factor in 2015 of the INJ is 1.34. It is also registered in PubMed and others. 

Nationwide education activities of the KCS include promotion campaigns regarding urinary incontinence and overactive bladder, publishing urinary incontinence newsletters and promotion through newspapers, broadcasts, and other media sources. An example of such nationwide activities is the ongoing process of the National Promotion Campaign on Urinary Incontinence since its first campaign in October 1997. The name of this promotion has been changed to 'Gold Ribbon Campaign' in 2007. It has held press conferences, has released promotional materials to increase the awareness of the people in LUTS and LUT dysfunctions during the ICS World Continence Week. 



Past Presidents and Secretary General’s

  • the 1st President, Sang Yol Mah; Secretary General, Won Hee Park

  • the 2nd President, Ha Young Kim; Secretary General, Won Hee Park

  • the 3rd and 4th President, Kwang Myung Kim; Secretary General, Jeong Gu Lee (3rd), You Sik Lee (4th)

  • the 5th-6th President, Won Hee Park; Secretary General, Myung Soo Choo

  • the 7th President, Jeong Gu Lee; Secretary General, Ju Tae Seo

  • the 8th President, Myung Soo Choo; Secretary General, Kyu-Sung Lee

  • the 9th President, Jeong Zoo Lee; Secretary General, Joon Chul Kim

  • the 10th President, Duk Yoon Kim; Secretary General, Seung-June Oh

  • the 11th President, Kyu-Sung Lee; Secretary General, Jong Bo Choi

  • the 12th President, Joon Chul Kim; Secretary General, Jong Bo Choi

  • the 13th (2016- present) President, Seung-June Oh; Secretary General, Jae Hyun Bae



2. Current Main Member List

[Executive Committee 2016-2017]

  • President: Seung-June Oh (Department of Urology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul)

  •  Next-term President: Dae Kyung Kim (Department of Urology, School of Medicine Eulji University, Deajeon)

  • Secretary General: Jae Hyun Bae (Department of Urology, Korea Unv. Medical Center Ansan Hospital, Ansan)

  • Chair, Academic Committee: Khae Hawn Kim (Department of Urology, Gachon Univerity Gil Medical Center, Incheon)

  • Editor-in-Chief, International Neurourology Journal: Tack Lee (Department of Urology, Inha University Hospital, Incheon)

  • Chair, Medical Reimbursement Committee: Young Sam Cho (Department of Urology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul)

  • Chair, Research Committee: Hong Sang Moon (Department of Urology, Hanyang university Guri hospital, Guri)

  • Chair, Public Relations Committee: Hyun Woo Kim (Department of Urology, St. Paul's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul)

  • Chair, Information Committee: Myung Ki Kim (Department of Urology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju)

  • Chair, Planning Committee: Jang H. Kim (Department of Urology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul)

  • Chair, Treasury Committee: Dong Gil Shin (Department of Urology, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan)

  • Chair, Education Committee: Hana Yoon (Department of Urology, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul)

  • Chair, Publications Committee: Keon Cheol Lee (Department of Urology, Inje University, Ilsan Paik Hospital, Ilsan)

  • Chair, Ethics Committee: Jong Bo Choi (Department of Urology, Ajou University College of Medicine, Suwon)

  • Chair, International Affairs Committee: Eun Sang Yoo (Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Deagu)

  • Chair, Mission & Vision Special Committee: Sang Wook Lee (Department of Urology, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon)

  • Chair, Continence Care Specialists Special Committee: Joon Hwa Noh (Department of Urology, Kwangju Christian Hospital, Gwangju) 

  • Chair, 25th KCS Anniversary History Special Committee: Sung Tae Cho (Department of Urology, Hallym University, Seoul) 

  • Chair, Questionnaire Validation Special Committee: Sung Yong Cho (Department of Urology, Seoul National Univesity, Seoul)

[Audit 2016-2017] 

  • Cheol Hee Park (Department of Urology, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Deagu)


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