Delegation of Chinese Surgeons Visits UW Hospital Transplant Center

UW Health transplant welcomes delegation from ChinaMadison, Wisconsin - A delegation of transplant surgeons from Beijing and greater China visited the UW Health transplant center on May 5, 2011.


The delegation, including 24 surgeons and 10 medical staff members, sought to visit a major transplant center as part of their U.S. visit and attendance at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) conference. UW Hospital's surgery and transplant departments were honored to host them.


The day included presentations by Dr. Dixon Kaufman, chair of the Department of Transplantation, and several UW Health transplant surgeons, as well as tours of the transplant outpatient clinic, inpatient unit and laboratories.


The day ended with a reception hosted by the Wisconsin China Initiative and a dinner hosted by the China International Medical Foundation, whose group coordinated the visit.


According to Dr. Bruce Harms, chief of Colorectal Surgery at UW Hospital and Clinics, "The visit is a wonderful opportunity for us to continue our efforts to build our hospital's and university's relationship with China."


Dr. Harms also serves on the steering committee for the Wisconsin China Initiative. He added, "Visits like this allow us to take a global look at the health care market and build collaboration in areas of research, education and business within the scope of health care."

Aaron Liu, representative of the China International Medical Foundation and coordinator of the trip, expressed the delegation's deep gratitude to UW Hospital for hosting their visit. He explained that the participating surgeons are very interested in the practical, day-to-day operations of UW Hospital and the transplant center, and the quality of service we provide to our patients.


The China International Medical Foundation's goal is to give its physicians the opportunity to communicate with their counterparts in North America and Europe. Liu said, "This trip allows us to obtain information and share experiences that we can't otherwise learn through research or websites."


Dr. Harms said, "In China they are technologically and medically adept, but are very interested in learning more about our delivery of service."


Issues such as staff-to-patient ratio, lab results turnaround time and length of hospital stay were all of interest to the participants. Many were impressed with the colorful "rainbow" wall of donors that marks the entrance to the transplant center.


The Wisconsin China Initiative was launched in 2007 to both serve as the contact point for information about UW-Madison connections with Greater China and to bring together cross-disciplinary faculty, alumni and leaders in business and government. The Initiative is housed within the Division of International Studies.

Date Published: 06/21/2011

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