Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim

Title 낭만닥터 김사부 Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim Season 1
Chinese Title 浪漫醫生金師傅


Kim Sa Bu (Han Suk Kyu) was once a famous surgeon at the peak of his career at a major hospital. But he suddenly gives it all up one day to live in seclusion and work as a neighbourhood doctor in a small town. He now goes by “Teacher Kim” and refers to himself as the “Romantic Doctor”.

Meanwhile, Kang Dong Joo (Yoo Yun Suk) became a doctor to make something of himself after growing up poor, and he seeks out VIP patients to achieve the success that he desperately wants. Yoon Seo Jung (Seo Hyun Jin) is a passionate young surgeon who is haunted by a mistake from her past and tries to get over it. When Dong Joo and Seo Jung meet the quirky Teacher Kim, their lives and careers will never be the same again.


Han Suk Kyu as Kim Sa Bu
Yoo Yun Suk as Kang Dong Joo
– Yoon Chan Young as Dong Joo (young)
Seo Hyun Jin as Yoon Seo Jung
– Shin Yi Joon as Seo Jung (young)

People in Doldam Hospital

Kim Hong Fa as Yoo Woon Young
Jin Kyung as Oh Myung Shim
Im Won Hee as Jang Gi Tae
Byun Woo Min as Nam Do Il
Seo Eun Soo as Yoo Yeon Hwa
Kim Min Jae as Park Eun Tak

People in Geosan Hospital

Choi Jin Ho as Do Yoon Wan
Yang Se Jong as Do In Bum
Jang Hyuk Jin as Song Hyun Chul
Joo Hyun as Shin Hwi Jang
Yoon Na Moo as Jung In Soo
Kim Hye Eun as Hyun Jung (President Shin’s daughter)
Kim Hye Jun as Jang Hyun Joo
Kim Bo Jung as Nurce
Jo Ah Ra as Nurce

Kim Jung Young as Dong Joo’s mother
Lee Kyu Ho as Mr Goo
Lee Jung Sung
Jo Yi Hyun as patient
Bae Myung Jin as nurse
Lee Chae Eun as Nurse Ji


Tae In Ho as Dr. Moon Tae Hwa, Seo Jung’s boyfriend (ep 1)
Moon Ji In as Seo Jung’s best friend (ep 1)
Ri Min as truck driver (ep 5)
Lee Chul Min as hostage-taker (ep 7-8)
Lee Myung Haeng as Seo Jung’s psychiatrist (ep 8-9)
Shin Seung Hwan as suicidal webtoon artist (ep 9-10, 14)
Kim Joon Won as Auditor Choi, Geosan Hospital audit team (ep 8-10)
Kim Dan Woo as Auditor Choi’s daughter (ep 10)
Kang Ui Shik as Park Joo Hyuk, the deserter (ep 11-12)
Hwang Chan Sung as Young Kyun (ep 8) and Joo Hyuk’s friend (ep 11-12)
Han Gab Soo as Joo Hyuk’s father (ep 12)
Park Young Soo as the employee for Center of Disease Control and Prevention (ep 13)
Park Doo Shik as the boyfriend of appendicitis patient (ep 13-14)
Jun Min Seo as middle-school student with a wounded younger brother (ep 13-14)
Kim Hye Soo (ep 20)
Park Seung Tae as patient’s wife
Park Ji Yeon as In Sook

Production Credits

Production Company Samhwa Networks
Chief Producer Han Jung Hwan
Director Yoo In Shik, Park Soo Jin
Screenwriter Kang Eun Kyung
Genre Melodrama, Medical, Romance
Episodes 20 + 1 Special
Broadcast network SBS
Broadcast period 2016 November – 2017 January
Related Series Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim Season 2


Im Soo Jung was first offered the lead female role, but declined.


2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director (TV Section) – Yoo In Shik
2016 SBS Drama Awards Idol Academy Award (Best Kiss) – Yoo Yun Suk & Seo Hyun Jin
2016 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award – Han Suk Kyu
2016 SBS Drama Awards New Star Awards – Kim Min Jae
2016 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award – Seo Hyun Jin
2016 SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Awards – Yoo Yun Suk & Seo Hyun Jin
2016 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Actress (Genre) – Seo Hyun Jin
2016 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Actor (Genre) – Yoo Yun Suk
2016 SBS Drama Awards Daesang – Han Suk Kyu

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