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China, MUSC look for joint
As MUSC continues to reach out to its international counterparts for
research and education opportunities, a faculty delegation led by Dr.
Ding Yitao, president of the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital in China has
visited the MUSC campus in an effort to further explore collaboration
between the two entities.
MUSC President Dr.
Ray Greenberg greets Dr. Ding Yitao before signing an agreement with
Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital.
MUSC has a historic relationship with Ding's institution. MUSC College
of Medicine alumni, John Bradley, M.D., began the sister institution
more than 100 years ago as a missionary in the Chinese town of Suquian.
Following a visit last fall by College of Medicine dean emeritus Layton
McCurdy, M.D., Ding’s delegation came to renew the institutions’
relationship and discuss mutual interests regarding joint educational
and research opportunities.
Ding is considered the pioneer of liver transplant surgery in China,
and serves as the director of the Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery.
He was appointed president of Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital in 1996 and
serves as the 20th president of the hospital. A native of Nanjing, and
scion of the noted Nanjing Ding Family of physicians and medical
professionals, Ding also serves as chairman of the Nanjing Drum Tower
Hospital Group, which includes six hospitals. McCurdy’s relationship
began with the Chinese hospital when he and his wife visited in October
Peter Kalivas, Ph.D., Department of Neurosciences research chair and
Distinguished University Professor, holds an honorary faculty
appointment as a professor of neuroscience with the Nanjing Medical
University, which is affiliated with the hospital. He also has visited
MUSC’s sister hospital facility and will help expand the collaborative
relationship between MUSC and the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital into the
academic environment of Nanjing Medical University.
Friday, June 6, 2008
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