Dr. Kwang Yul Cha: Entrepreneur and Medical Visionary

CHA Health Systems is one of the largest medical conglomerates in Korea that has begun to share its medical advancements around the world with centers in the US and Japan. Offering the best in fertility treatments and stem cell research the CHA Health Systems is headed by one of the world’s most visionary medical doctors, Dr. Kwang Yul Cha.

Recognized time and again for his extraordinary accomplishments in stem cell and fertility research, Dr. Kwang Yul Cha is the founder and CEO of CHA Health Systems.

Visionary Entrepreneur

As one of the most visionary medical doctors and entrepreneurs of our time, Dr. Kwang Yul Cha, founded CHA Health Systems (CHS). Under his leadership, CHS has transformed into a global healthcare group that includes the Comprehensive Anti-aging Life Center, six medical facilities in Korea including a fertility center and woman’s health center, three hospitals including two in the US and one in Japan, CHA University which offers full scholarship to all its students, and four medical exam centers. In addition, there are fourteen medical and business divisions within the conglomerate.

Champion of charity

Dr. Kwang Yul Cha is quoted as having said, “Many people donate their fortunes after they have passed. I intend to donate my fortune and expertise throughout my lifetime.” And he has stood behind his words with donations totaling over $40 million USD.

In 1998 Dr. Cha donated KRW 32 billion to Korean society for the promotion of medical foundations, the development of universities, and fostering of medical professionals.  In 2009 Dr. Cha donated KRW 100 million for the Yonsei University Scholarship Campaign for students in need.

In 2010, Dr. Kwang-yul Cha together with Yonsei University Honorary Professor Kim Byeong-su, who was also the CHA University President, donated KRW 2 billion to develop the ‘Cancer Research Prize’ at Yonsei University. In 2011 at the opening ceremony of the world’s only stem cell research institute “Seongnam Chaum Global Stem Cells Clinical Trials Center” Dr. Cha donated KRW 10 billion for research and development fund, emphasizing stem cell clinical trials to be proactively conducted for the future treatment of incurable diseases.

But it doesn’t stop there. Dr. Cha’s philosophy of “All students, including poor students, deserve equal educational opportunities,” means that since its founding in 1997 every student at CHA University has received a full scholarship. Taking it globally, CHA University recently extended scholarships to include overseas training for physician researchers.

Well Respected and Published

As the world leader in fertility and stem cell research, Dr. Cha’s extensive accomplishments in medicine have attracted worldwide media coverage from many of the most respected media sources including the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, and the BBC.

Among numerous significant medical advances and accomplishments, Dr. Cha has written medical reviews, and articles for medical journals as well as books on fertility and stem cell research.

In addition, to being CEO, Dr. Cha has also had a respected career in academia. He was Chancellor of the College of Medicine at CHA University, and he was a visiting professor at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he established and operated CHA-Columbia Fertility Center in collaboration with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.


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