The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of Fudan University traces its history back to 1953 when the eminent Prof. Lin Zhaoqi founded the Liver Study Unit. His efforts were complemented in 1978. As the first Chief of Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Prof. Zhu Wunan held the position for 5 years. Prof. Liu Houyu was the Chief for nearly 16 years since 1983, followed by Prof. Wang Jiyao (1999-2009), and most recently Prof. Shen Xizhong became the Chief in 2009. As a robust academic unit, the Department boasts 34 full-time faculties and some fellows in training£¨three research nurses and technicians. Of all faculties, there are 7 professors, 11associate professors, 14 attending physicians and 2 resident physicians.

Clinical features

The Department provides comprehensive resources for diagnosis and treatment of digestive tract, pancreas, biliary tract and liver diseases. At present, the department has two independent wards with a total of 106 beds. More than 5,500 inpatients and about 260 thousand outpatients had been served last year (2015). The interventional endoscopy service is widely recognized for expertise in endoscopic ultrasound and therapeutic endoscopy. More than 70,000 endoscopic examinations and/or therapies are performed per year. The number of nationwide patients treated in the department is increasing.

Education and training

As the base for doctoral degree candidates and postdoctoral fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the specialist training base of the Ministry of Health, and the clinical pharmacology base of State Drug Administration, the department has attracted a lot of outstanding individuals. The Department also intensively participates in education and training of undergraduate students, master students, GI and Hepatology fellows and it provides two continuing medical education programs per year. The department has been included in the National Key Clinical Specialty Construction Projects in 2010. In 2014, Shanghai Institute of Liver Disease was established in Zhongshan Hospital, and the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a mainstay.

Scientific research

The department and its predecessors have long been and continued to be at the forefront nationwide in terms of research in chronic viral hepatitis, fatty liver, liver fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopic therapy. It has undertaken about 83 scientific research projects at the national, ministerial and municipal levels. During last 5 years, the department published a total of 288 papers (138 SCI articles, total IF: 426.923) and got more than 7 provincial and ministerial level scientific research awards. Besides, it has also applied for 5 invention patents.

Clinical research and international cooperation

The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is one of the earliest units to carry out clinical epidemiological research in China. In the 1990s, Prof. Wang Jiyao was the first to introduce the concept of evidence-based medicine into China, and led the department to carry out a number of clinical studies. A number of physicians received their master's degree in clinical epidemiology in Canada, Thailand, Holland, and further built up a research team with solid theoretical knowledge of clinical study since then. Afterwards, the department successively established close international cooperation with the University of Hong Kong, Lund University in Sweden, University of Essen in Germany, University of Rochester in the United States, Mount Sinai Medical Center New York in the United Sates, Erasmus University in the Netherlands and University of Toronto in Canada. In recent years, besides participating in clinical trials as a clinical pharmacology base, the department organized or participated in more than 10 international or domestic investigator initiated multiple center clinical studies. Recently, as the sponsor, the department initiated 2 multi-center clinical studies in China and one international clinical research.