How to Say ‘Doctor’ in Korean

A doctor at work wearing his white coat

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While none of us come to Korea with the hopes and dreams of getting hurt – surely it’s the opposite – sometimes a visit to a doctor simply is inevitable. You’ve got an eye infection? You’ve sprained your ankle? You need to redo a prescription for your allergy medication?

In those moments, knowing how to say doctor is an essential addition to your Korean vocabulary. It allows you to explain to your Korean friends what you need help for, and in turn they can help you find the right doctor for your needs and perhaps even get you to the doctor’s office.

A doctor at work wearing a white coat

‘Doctor’ in Korean

So, how to say doctor in Korean? The word you’re looking for is “의사” (uisa). Whether you’re describing a physician, pediatrician, or a general doctor, the basic word to use is always “의사 (uisa)”. You might trip over the pronunciation a little bit at first, but otherwise the word is easy peasy to memorize!

Two female doctors talking, one holding a pen and a file next to a laptop computer

To speak of a doctor practicing a certain type of medicine, the department gets attached to the word doctor. Here are some examples:

physician = 내과 의사 (naegwa uisa)

gynecologist = 부인과 의사 (buingwa uisa)

eye doctor = 안과 의사 (angwa uisa)

dentist = 치과 의사 (chigwa uisa)

dermatologist = 피부과 의사 (pibugwa uisa)

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A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Sample Sentences

Doctor in a white coat writing in a file while talking to a patient


오늘 의사가 계세요? (oneul euisaga gyeseyo?)

Is the doctor present today?

의사를 필요하세요? (euisareul piryohaseyo?)

Do you need a doctor?


다리를 이렇게 아프게 다쳤으면 의사를 보러 가요. (darireul ireohke apeuge dachyeosseumyeon euisareul boreo gayo.)

If you hurt your leg this bad, go see a doctor.

저는 의사를 필요해요. (jeoneun euisareul piryohaeyo.)

I need a doctor.

우리 아버지는 안과 의사예요. (uri abeojineun angwa euisayeyo.)

Our father is an eye doctor.


나는 의사로 되고 싶어. (naneun euisaro dwaego sipeo.)

I want to become a doctor.


Now that you know how to say doctor in Korean, you don’t need to worry in case of any situations appear where you’d need to find one. Just remember to check the price when you get to the clinic so you don’t break the bank. Of course, we hope there will be no need for you to go see a doctor any time soon!

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    6 replies to "How to Say ‘Doctor’ in Korean"

    • Nina

      Hi, how do you say “cardiologist” in korean? Please.

      • 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Nina! It’s 심장전문의사 in Korean. 심장 means ‘heart’, 전문 means ‘specialized’, and 의사 means ‘doctor’. ^^

    • Blac

      If the doctor is a girls, will she be called the same as 선생님?

    • 린다 자매

      Is this the same for someone who earned PhD? Such as Psychology, Education, History, etc?

      • 90 Day Korean

        Hi 린다!
        This is for medical doctors. PhD is called “박사” in Korean. ^^

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