graduated from Shanghai Medical University in 1954. He is
currently professor of surgery and chairman of Liver Cancer
Institute of Fudan University (previous Liver Cancer
Institute of Shanghai Medical University), member of Chinese
Academy of Engineering (1994-), vice president of Chinese
Medical Association (CMA, 1989-), vice chairman of Oncology
Society of CMA (1990-).
He had been president of Shanghai Medical University
(1988-94), UICC council member (1990-98), chairman of Liver
Cancer Society of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (1985-99),
liver cancer session chairman of 15th and 16th International
Cancer Congress and Chairman of 1986, 1991, 1996 Shanghai
International Symposium on Liver Cancer and Hepatitis.
Tang has devoted in the research of hepatocellular carcinoma
(HCC) for 30 years, and resulted in improvement of prognosis
of HCC. Tang's contribution was mainly early detection,
early diagnosis and early treatment of HCC, which was
summarized as "Study on small / subclinical HCC".
To this end, Tang has made every effort to bridge the basic
findings and clinical application. A concept of "subclincial
HCC" has been advocated. This concept was included in
"Progress in Liver Diseases" edited by Hans Popper
in 1982, and being summarized in the book entitled "Subclinical
HCC" edited by Tang (Springer 1985). Hans Popper
mentioned in the preface of this book: "This concept
represents major progress in the understanding, and
particularly the management, of HCC". He won a gold
medal from Cancer Research Institute, New York, USA in 1979,
and 1st National Prize for Progress of Science and
Technology, P.R.China in 1985.
In the 1980s, the experience of small HCC studies was
extended to the study of "conversion of large
unresectable to small resectable HCC, and followed by 2nd
stage resection ". He won the 3rd National Prize for
Progress of Science and Technology, P.R.China in 1991.
Efforts made in the last two decades have resulted in marked
increase of 5-year survival rate in the entire series of HCC.
In the 1990s, in order to improve prognosis further after
resection, "studies on recurrence and metastasis"
has become a major target of study in Tang's group. A
metastatic human HCC model in nude mice and a cell line with
high metastatic potential have been established, which were
known as the first metastatic human HCC model.
He had edited 6 books and published more than 400 papers, 70
of them included in SCI and cited by 658 papers. In 1998, he
won another 3rd National Prize for Progress of Science and
Technology, P.R.China for the book of "Contemporary
Oncology" that he edited.
with Deng Xiaoping