The Department of Anesthesiology of Zhongshan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University was founded in 1952 as a secondary clinical discipline by the renowned clinical pharmacologist and anesthesiologist, Prof. Wu Yu, who was also the founding father of modern Chinese anesthesiology. Our department was one of the earliest established anesthesiology departments in China. In the past 60 years, under the leadership of Prof. Wu Yu, Xiao Changsi, Jiang Hao and Xie Zhanggang, it has developed into a modern department encompassing clinical anesthesia, surgical intensive care, pain treatment and other fields. In 2010, it was among the first institutes receiving the National Key Discipline Construction Projects.

The department has 46 anesthetists and 9 nurses, 17 of the staff members with senior titles and nearly half of the anesthetists with doctoral degree. It handles about 26,000 anesthetic cases a year for operations from the department of general surgery, orthopedics, vascular surgery, liver surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, cerebral surgery, facial surgery, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, thoracic and cardiac surgery, interventional procedures and various types of transplants. In addition, we deliver about 60,000 anesthetic cases for painless endoscopy and painless artificial abortion annually.

Besides conventional equipment, the department also owns blood-gas electrolyte analyzer, hemoglobin monitor, plasma colloid osmotic pressure analyzer, TEG, continuous cardiac output monitor, BIS, AEP, neuromuscular blockade monitor, ultrasonic echocardiogram, portable ultrasound scanner, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, various direct laryngoscopy devices, warming devices and antithrombotic equipment, which provide a strong supply system for the successful delivery of surgery and anesthesia, ensure patient safety and reduce perioperative complications.

The department also acts as a national continuing education institute of anesthesiology, a standardized training ground for residents, a specialist training ground, a clinical site for master’s and doctoral program and a national pharmaceutical clinical trial research center. It enjoys strong academic background and has carried out featured scientific research in the fields of clinical anesthesia, cardiovascular anesthesia, anesthetic pharmacology and physiology, new anesthetic technology and method, as well as other interdisciplines.