On March 26, 2018, the PUMCH-UCM Pancreatic Diseases Forum was held at the second multi-function hall of the Lecture Hall of PUMCH, which marked another substantial academic cooperation between our hospital and the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) after a cooperation agreement was signed in 2017.
UCM experts attending the event included: Professor Jeffrey Matthews, chairman of Surgery, Professor Mitchell Posner, chief of Section of General Surgery, Professor Michael Millis, vice chair of Global Surgery, Professor Irving Waxman, director of the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics, and Blase Polite, associate professor of Medicine. They had in-depth discussions with our experts in such fields as islet transplant, treatment of neuroendocrine tumor (NET), basic research and clinical treatment of pancreatic cancer, and endoscopic examination and therapy. Professor Piotr Witkowski, director of Pancreatic and Islet Transplant Program, also shared through video conference UCM’s experience and results in allogeneic islet transplant.
PUMCH Vice President Zhang Shuyang chaired the opening ceremony and PUMCH President Zhao Yupei presented thanks to the UCM professors. More than 120 people attended the forum, including our staff from departments of general surgery, gastroenterology, medical oncology, endocrinology, radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy, as well as experts from the National Health Commission and health care hospitals under it.
On the afternoon of March 27, the UCM professors joined our face-to-face multidisciplinary consultation for five patients. Professor Matthews said: this is a very good cooperation mode. Together we not only give suggestions for treatment but helped young doctors in the process of communication, which could greatly benefit both sides.
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