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The Best Medical KDramas Of All Time

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If you're looking for shows like Descendants of the Sun, here are the best Korean medical dramas ever, ranked by fans everywhere. Featuring Korean dramas about hospitals, doctors, nurses, and disease outbreaks, this list of medical Kdramas has something for everyone regardless if you're into romantic melodramas, comedies, or mystery thrillers. Some good Korean medical dramas include the popular series Brain, starring Shin Ha-kyun as a hyper-ambitious neurosurgeon; Behind the White Tower, which centers on malpractice and hospital politics; and Hur Jun, an old show set during the Joseon era. 

Vote up the top Korean medical drama series, and keep checking back as we update the list with new shows as they premiere. 

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  • 1
    Han Suk-kyu, Yoo Yeon-seok
    2,583
    238
    Dr. Romantic (SBS, 2016), also known as Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim, is a South Korean medical drama television series. A famous surgeon with the nickname of "Hand of God" suddenly disappears and...  more
  • 2
    Han Suk-kyu, Ahn Hyo-seop
    2,364
    267
    Dr. Romantic 2 (SBS, 2020), also known as Romantic Doctor Kim 2, is a South Korean medical melodrama television series, and a sequel to the 2016-17 series. Once the top surgeon at a big hospital, Dr....  more

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  • 3
    Ji Sung, Lee Se-young
    1,594
    222
    Doctor John (SBS, 2019) is a South Korean medical drama television series. Arrogant but talented doctor Cha Yo-han works with a resident of anesthesiology to help patients with mysterious acute or...  more
  • 4
    Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok
    1,680
    283
    Hospital Playlist (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean medical drama television series. The story of five doctors who have been friends since they entered medical school in 1999....  more
  • 5
    Lee Jong-Suk, Jin Se-yeon
    1,300
    266
    Doctor Stranger (SBS, 2014) is a South Korean medical romance television series. A genius defector from North Korea begins working at South Korea's top hospital but is ostracized by the other doctors...  more
  • 6
    Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo
    1,388
    305
    Descendants of the Sun (KBS2, 2016) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Finding themselves in the middle of great events and dangers in a war-torn country, Korean Special Forces...  more
  • 7
    Kim Rae-won, Park Shin-hye
    1,160
    264
    The Doctors (SBS, 2016), also known as Doctors, is a South Korean medical romance television series. A unruly teenage girl meets a compassionate teacher who inspires her to alter her path and become...  more
  • 8
    Ha Ji-won, Kang Min-hyuk
    783
    211
    Hospital Ship (MBC, 2017) is a South Korean medical drama television series. A group of doctors and nurses visit remote island villages on a floating hospital to treat patients who don't have easy...  more
  • 9
    Moon Chae-won, Joo Won
    756
    208
    Good Doctor (KBS2, 2013) is a South Korean medical drama television series. An autistic savant becomes a pediatrician and tries to prove himself in the face of conflict with patients and peers....  more
  • 10
    Kim Young-kwang, Jung So-min
    488
    130
    D-Day (JTBC, 2015) is a South Korean disaster medical drama television series. When an earthquake strikes Seoul, doctors and rescue workers struggle to save the lives of the victims....  more
  • 11
    Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum
    508
    154
    Kill Me, Heal Me (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Having developed dissociative identity disorder, business heir Cha Do Hyun tries to regain control over his life with...  more
  • 12
    Joo Won, Kim Tae-hee
    468
    180
    Yong-pal (SBS, 2015), also known as The Gang Doctor, is a 2015 South Korean medical drama television series. Desperate for money to help his sick sister, a talented surgeon becomes a doctor for...  more
  • 13
    Jang Hyuk, Park So-dam
    284
    90
    A Beautiful Mind (KBS2, 2016), also known as Beautiful Mind, is a South Korean medical mystery television series. Lee Young-O, an excellent neurosurgeon with zero sympathy, becomes involved in...  more
  • 14
    Min Namkoong, Kwon Nara
    349
    128
    Doctor Prisoner (KBS2, 2019) is a South Korean medical drama television series. After being accused of medical malpractice, a skilled doctor is forced to quit the hospital, so he starts working in a...  more
  • 15
    Song Ji-hyo, Choi Jin-hyuk
    409
    168
    Emergency Couple (tvN, 2014) is a South Korean medical romance television series. A divorced couple's feelings for each other are rekindled when they become reunited years later....  more

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  • 16
    Yoon Kye-sang, Ha Ji-won
    313
    118
    Chocolate (JTBC, 2019) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Brought together by meaningful meals in the past and present, a doctor and a chef are reacquainted when they begin working at...  more
  • 17
    Ahn Jae-hyun, Ji Jin-hee
    412
    187
    Blood (KBS2, 2015) is a South Korean medical fantasy romance television series. Dr. Park Ji Sang believes in the sanctity of human life, and struggles to treat terminally ill cancer patients and save...  more
  • 18
    Lee Dong-wook, Cho Seung-woo
    247
    92
    Life (JTBC, 2018) is a South Korean medical drama television series. At South Korea's premier university hospital, ideals and interests collide between a patient-focused emergency physician and the...  more

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  • 19
    Lee Yu-bi, Lee Joon-hyuk
    224
    80
    A Poem a Day (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean medical drama television series. The lives of a group of physical therapists and trainees at a hospital intersect....  more
  • 20
    Kim Nam-gil, Kim Ah-joong
    282
    121
    Live Up To Your Name (tvN, 2017) is a South Korean fantasy medical television series. A traditional acupuncturist is transported to Seoul 400 years in the future and meets a young surgeon who only...  more
  • 21
    Park Hae-jin, Jo Bo-ah
    202
    86
    Forest (KBS2, 2020) is a South Korean romance television series. A fearless, intelligent emergency service worker (Park Hae-jin) and a young passionate surgeon (Jo Bo-ah) meet in a magical forest...  more
  • 22
    In-sung, Gong Hyo-jin
    317
    165
    It's Okay, That's Love (SBS, 2014) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A novelist clashes with a psychiatrist on a talk show, but soon they become roommates and fall in love....  more
  • 23
    Kwon Sang-woo, Jung Ryeo-won
    230
    133
    Medical Top Team (MBC, 2013) is a South Korean medical drama television series. A team of elite doctors treats patients while dealing with power struggles within the hospital....  more
  • 24
    Go Soo, Um Ki-joon
    208
    119
    Heart Surgeons (SBS, 2018) is a South Korean medical drama television series. A heart surgeon fellow, Park Tae Soo, has to save his mother, who awaits her heart transplant....  more
  • 25
    Go Kyung-pyo, Cho Jae-hyun
    149
    115
    Cross (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean medical thriller television series. After his father was brutally murdered years ago, first-year resident doctor Kang In-gyu volunteers at a prison medical office...  more
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