Integrative Medicine

2016-11-14

The department was founded in 1958. It is an important clinical, teaching and researching base for integrated medicine. Our subspecialties have been recognized as national key disciplines, key disciplines of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and key national medical specialties. Our expertise in treating encephalopathy and tumors has been designated as key medical specialties by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is an exemplary traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) department in the country as well as an exemplary TCM department for other general hospitals in Shanghai. It has the best medical subspecialties in encephalopathy and tumors in Shanghai. As an essential component of Fudan University’s 211 project and 985 project and a clinical trial site for traditional Chinese neurology medicine and traditional Chinese oncology medicine, the department is also a level 3 laboratory of neural physiology and pathology for the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Academically, the department excels among Chinese general hospitals. It is a degree-conferring department for master students and PhD candidates as well as a mobile station of the postdoctoral program under the administration of the Ministry of Education. There are 5 specialties in our department: traditional Chinese internal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine for neurology, traditional Chinese medicine for oncology, emergency traditional Chinese medicine, and acupuncture. Among them, traditional Chinese medicine for neurology and traditional Chinese medicine for oncology are China’s key medical specialties, and the rest are Level 2 specialties.

In the early days after the founding of the department, Professor Jiang Chunhua, a well-known traditional Chinese physician, a master of integrated medicine, the then director of the department and an academic avant-garde, launched several nationwide researches, including tongue diagnosis, the essence of kidneys, and blood revitalization and stasis reversal. These research achievements won a dozen of national and provincial honors. The present director is Professor Cai Dingfang, who has been recognized as a Leading Talent and a Renowned Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor in Shanghai, and an Excellent Ttraditional Chinese Clinical Practitioner of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the chairman of the Development and Research Division of Traditional Chinese Medicine in General Hospitals, which is a part of Shanghai Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The department’s staff members include one professor, 2 associate professors, 8 attending and 3 resident physicians. Among whom, one is a doctoral supervisor and 2 are master’s degree student supervisors. It has 85 ward beds and receives 160,000 outpatients and 6,000 inpatients annually. Our research mainly focuses on treatment of cerebrovascular diseases and tumors with integrated medicine. We have 17 researches in process, with a funding of 20 million yuan. Our staff has published more than 100 papers, and 24 of them are in SCI. With an IF point of 71, the department has won a second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award and a second prize of Science and Technology Progress Award at the provincial and ministerial level. We have also obtained a patent.

The medical sub-specialty of treating encephalopathy with integrated medicine

Within the department, there are encephalopathy clinic, neurophysiological and transcranial magnetic stimulation lab, hemodynamics examination room, emergency transfer station, a level 3 laboratory of neural physiology and pathology supported by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the neurology laboratory of the Integrated Medicine Institute of Fudan University. It was the first and only large-scale Level-III Class-A general hospital in Shanghai to open traditional Chinese medicine emergency service. The department has the tasks of developing a national key medical specialty (encephalopathy), a national key clinical medical specialty for traditional Chinese medicine (encephalopathy), and a dominant medical specialty of Shanghai (emergency cerebrovascular disease). It is also the director facility for the Neurologists Committee of the Integrated Medicine Division of Chinese Medical Doctor Association, and the Neurology Committee of Shanghai Society of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine. With 38 ward beds, 2 senior technicians, 1 renowned traditional Chinese medicine physician of Shanghai, 5 staff members with doctoral degrees and 14 with master’s degrees, the department receives 20,000 outpatients and 700 inpatients annually. At present, we are working on 8 research projects, and three of them are funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Since 2012, we have published 10 papers in SCI journals and a few in other journals, with an IF point of 29.31. In 2013, we obtained a patent.

Special notes on the Chinese Medicine/Integrated Medicine Oncology Unit

This specialty of the department is a key medical specialty of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a dominant medical specialty of Shanghai clinical traditional Chinese medicine, a drug clinical trial agency of China and the director unit of the Development and Research Committee of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Shanghai General Hospitals. In 1990s, with the guidance of Professor Tang Chenlong, the medical specialty of integrated medicine for cancer was founded. With its research in “small liver carcinoma diagnosis and treatment”, it won the first prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award. In recent years, targeting the diseases that are not effectively treated with western medicine, refractory to western medicine treatment, or treatable with western medicine but with high toxicity or side effects, we selected liver cancer, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer as the main focuses for clinical and fundamental research. We gradually expanded the research to include breast cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer and esophageal cancer. By treating cancer with integrated medicine, we help to improve the patients’ quality of life and extend life expectancy, and have been able to demonstrate the advantages of integrated medicine. With 47 ward beds, 5 senior technicians, 1 renowned traditional Chinese physician in Shanghai, 5 staff members with doctoral degree and 14 with master’s degree, we receive nearly 60,000 outpatients and 6,000 inpatients every year. In terms of inpatient bed utilization rate, transfer rate and length of stay, our unit frequently ranks the top among the departments in Zhongshang Hospital, and has multiple times been commended by the hospital authority. We have 8 research projects at present with funding of 1.24 million yuan, including two funds from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Since 2012, the staff has published 6 papers in SCI and some more in other journals, with an IF point of 19.25. In the past 3 years, we have trained 4 postgraduate students, 5 visiting physicians, 7 on-job graduate students and 7 doctors in traditional Chinese internal medicine. The development plans of the unit aim to build a modern integrated medicine center for cancer combining clinical practice, education and research, targeting well-selected medical diagnoses with application research as priority, improving patient prognosis as goal, and appropriate staffing structure for support.