January 27, 2011
Shanghai's Jiao Tung University has also named Donald C. Liu as a Chair Professor. Liu is the Mary Campau Ryerson Professor of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital as well as Vice-Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Surgery.
University of Chicago medical residents at Comer Children's Hospital will soon have the chance to study health policy at Shanghai Children's Medical Center. The two hospitals will also collaborate on research publications.
The Chicago Maroon reports:
Shortly after the University of Chicago opened its new Center in Beijing this past September, the new partnership emerged between Comer and the SCMC. In late October, Comer led a delegation to Shanghai and signed the agreement for student, resident, and faculty exchange, as well as quarterly online conferences to discuss especially difficult diseases.
The partnership is attributable to a decade-long relationship between the two hospitals. In 2000, Liu traveled to SCMC to teach minimally invasive surgery on babies with gastroschisis—a condition where babies are born with their intestines outside of their body. Liu helped the surgeons at SCMC reduce the mortality rate of these babies to lower than three percent from rates as high as 80 percent.