September 12, 2018
A few years after John D. Rockefeller founded the establishment of the University of Chicago in 1890, he sent a delegation led by UChicago President Harry Pratt Judson to visit China, in the hope of looking into the possibility of installing a higher education institution in China yet similar to UChicago. President Judson and his mission returned to the U.S. with a report and recommendation of setting up a medical school in Beijing, and in 1917, the Rockefeller Foundation founded Peking Union Medical College (PUMC). Dr. Franklin McLean was appointed the first president of PUMC, and in 1927 McLean was invited to direct the new medical school envisioned by the University of Chicago. In the same year, McLean invited Dr. Paul C. Hodges to return to Chicago to become the founding director of the Department of Roentgenology at the University of Chicago, after having served as the founding director of roentgenology at PUMC from 1919 to 1927.
This interesting and moving part of history was rediscovered in 2016 when the two departments of radiology at PUMC Hospital (PUMCH) and UChicago jointly organized a workshop on quality management in radiology departmental operations. Since then, the re-connection has grown to flourish, with department chairs Dr. Zhengyu Jin from PUMCH and Drs. David Paushter and Greg Katzman from UChicago attending the same conferences and specially organized symposia.
On September 6 and 7, 2018, the two institutions joined hands again in organizing the 2018 Peking Union Medical College – University of Chicago Summit on Radiology in Commemoration of Professor Paul C. Hodges’ Centennial Practice at PUMCH. The conference was supported by the Chinese Society of Radiology Subcommittee on Breast Imaging and Hologic, with a significant contribution from PUMCH. The University of Chicago Center in Beijing supported the participation of Dr. Deepa Sheth, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Director of Medical Student Education at the Breast Imaging Center.
The University of Chicago was represented by a strong team of six doctors, including Deepa Sheth; Gregory Katzman, Vice Chair of Operations and Chief Quality Officer; Aytekin Oto, Section Chief of Abdominal Imaging, Chief of Body MRI, and Vice Chair of Business Development; Carla Harmath, Assistant Professor of Radiology; Dr. Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Associate Dean for Global Health, and Director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics; and Dezheng Huo, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics.
The first day of the conference focused on breast imaging. In terms of University of Chicago representation, Drs. Olopade and Huo shared their study of breast cancer from the public health perspective with over 100 fellow Chinese radiologists and surgeons, while Dr. Sheth presented innovative approaches to breast cancer imaging and led a workshop on MRI-guided biopsy. In attendance
were chairs and professors of multiple leading Chinese hospital radiology departments, including Dr. Dengbin Wang of Shanghai Jiaotong University Affiliated Xinhua Hospital; Dr. Weijun Peng of Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center; and Dr. Fan Yang of Wuhan Union Hospital. As the Chinese counterparts of Drs. Olopade and Huo, Dr. Wenqiang Wei, Director of the National Cancer Registry Office; Dr. Siyan Zhan of Peking University Medical Health Science Center School of Public Health,;and Dr. Kexin Chen of Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital spoke on their research in the Chinese population.
The second day of the conference was then dedicated to the commemoration of Dr. Hodges’ centennial. A touching video with photos of Dr. Hodges’ years at PUMCH and UChicago kicked off the event, followed by impressive remarks and presentations made by Drs. Zhengyu Jin and Greg Katzman; Dr. Chunwu Zhou of the Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences; Dr. Nan Hong of Peking University People’s Hospital; Dr. Min Chen of Beijing Hospital; and Dr. Haihong Fu of the Chinese Society of Imaging Technology. As a tribute to Dr. Hodges’ legacy, the commemoration event was designed as a forum in which leading radiologists from both UChicago and China presented on a wide range of topics in the practice of radiology in diagnosing different diseases. In this way, radiologists from both countries were able to continue Dr. Hodges’ legacy of collaboration for meaningful progress in radiology.
Outside of the conference, the UChicago radiologists discussed ideas of further collaboration with PUMCH on breast imaging and other sub-specialties. All were excited and look forward to more opportunities of in-depth cooperation in the next 100 years.