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Top Chinese Health Official Studies USC’s Medical System

by Chris Tedeschi

From left: Stephen J. Ryan, senior vice president for medical affairs; Chinese Health Minister Chen Minzhang; and President Steven B. Sample.

Photo- DAVID ROBERTS

China’s top health official visited the Health Sciences campus in late April, getting a firsthand look at AIDS care, emergency medicine and trauma surgery at USC.

Minister Chen Minzhang was welcomed at a faculty center luncheon April 30 by President Steven B. Sample and Stephen J. Ryan, senior vice president for medical affairs.

“One of USC’s top priorities is continuing to develop international academic partnerships – specifically in the Pacific Rim,” Sample said at the reception for Chen.

The visit was the most recent step in an ongoing partnership between USC and Chinese health authorities. Earlier this year, Chen received a USC delegation, including Ryan, at the Great People’s Hall in Beijing.

One example of the partnership is USC’s growing ties with the Ministry of Health in China and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, Sample told the Chinese delegation. “In the last two years, we have seen significant progress in the relationships between your institutions and USC’s schools of medicine and public administration,” he said.

In addition to cultivating the development of a cooperative AIDS center in Beijing – to be co-sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Health, Peking University Medical College and USC – School of Medicine administrators have been exploring collaborations on projects in emergency medicine and trauma care in the People’s Republic.

Chen and others toured the Los Angeles County 911 operations base, LAC+USC Medical Center’s 5P21 AIDS clinic, and emergency medicine and trauma services, as well as USC University Hospital.

The Chinese dignitaries were given personal tours by Gail Anderson, chair of the department of emergency medicine; Demetrios Demetriades, chief of trauma surgery at LAC+USC; and Elliot Johnson, administrator of HIV/AIDS-related services.

“As China faces an increased need for emergency care, we stand ready to share our experiences with you,” Sample said at the lunch reception.

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