Doctor John

Title 의사요한 Doctor John


The drama is based on the 2010 Japanese novel On Hand of God by Yo Kusakabe (久坂部羊). It’s a medical drama revolving around doctors of Pain Management. In a refreshing take on the genre, It will portray the doctors’ search for the cause of their patients’ mysterious pain as a thrilling chase, almost like a detective hunting down the perpetrator behind an unsolved crime. The drama will also tackle the debate surrounding the controversial practice of euthanasia.

Trailer I

Cha Yo Han (Ji Sung) is a talented anesthesiologist who happens to be the youngest teacher at medical school. He is often called “Ten Seconds” because he can discover one’s disease very quickly. Meanwhile, Kang Shi Young (Lee Se Young) is a doctor who also works in the Department of Anesthesia. She was a top student at medical school which is often credited to her mother who is also a doctor.


Ji Sung as Cha Yo Han
Lee Se Young as Kang Shi Young
Lee Kyu Hyung as Son Suk Ki
Hwang Hee as Lee Yoo Joon

Jung Min Ah as Kang Mi Rae
Kwon Hwa Woon as Heo Joon
Oh Hyun Joong as Kim Won Hee
Son San as Hong Yun Jin
Lee Yoo Mi as Na Kyung Ah

Kim Hye Eun as Min Tae Kyung
Kim Young Hoon as Han Myung Oh
Uhm Hyo Sup as Kang Yi Moon
Oh Seung Hyun as Min Joo Kyung
Jung Jae Sung as Kwon Suk

Trailer II


Ham Sung Min as Yoon Sung Kyu (An anal cancer patient)
Kim Do Hoon as Park Jung Bo (Inmate 5353 who suffers from Fabry disease/Barista)
Ha Do Kwon (하도권) as Joo Hyung Woo (A Mixed Martial Arts Champion who suffers from Myasthenia gravis)
Yoon Chan Young as Lee Ki Suk (A CIPA patient)
Lee Joo Won (이주원) as Choi Seung Won (A Shingles patient) (first mistaken for CRPS)
Lee Do Kyung as Yoo Duk Kyu (A melioidosis patient)
Chun Young Min (천영민) as Lee Da Hae (A phantom limb patient)
Oh Yoo Na as Yoo Ri Hye (A former actress who suffers from neuroblastoma)


Shin Dong Mi as Chae Eun Jung
Jang Hee Soo as A professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Kim Kyul as Sung Dong Ho (A professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine)
Yoon Joo Sang as Lee Won Gil (Former Minister of Health and Welfare)
Im Dong Jin as Shim Joon Chul
Kim Seung Hoon as a prison guard
Moon Hak Jin (문학진) as Kim Jung Woo
Seo Dan Woo (서단우) as doctor of Emergency Department
Kim Jong Goo as Joo Hyung Woo’s father
Jung Ae Yun as Joo Hyung Woo’s wife
Jung Hyun Suk as a doctor
Choi Eun Hoo (최은후) as Joo Hyung Woo’s son
Jo Shi Yun (조시연) as Joo Hyung Woo’s daughter
Go Yong Hwa (고용화) as Lee Ki Suk’s mother
Lee Yo Sung (이요성) as Cha Yo Han’s father
So Hee Jung as Yoo Ri Hye’s elder sister
Jung Ji Hoon as Min Sung (Yoo Ri Hye’s son)
Lee Se Rang (이세랑) as Kwon So Young
Kang Ro Chae (강로채) as Han Min Joo


Jung In Ki as Oh Jung Nam
Jung Kyung Soon as Lee Yoo Joon’s mother
Jeon Noh Min as Kang Yi Soo
Im Byung Ki (ep 16)
Seo Yoon Ah as abdominal epilepsy patient (ep 32)

Production Credits

Director Jo Soo Won
Screenwriter Kim Ji Woon
Genre Medical
Episodes 32
Broadcast network SBS
Broadcast period 2019 July – September


2019 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Actress (Mini Series) – Lee Se Young (Doctor John)
2019 SBS Drama Awards Best Child Acting Award – Yoon Chan Young (Doctor John)

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