Formerly known as the Affiliated Hospital of Tianjing Armed Police, this hospital has 1,900 beds, 4 doctoral advisors, 107 master’s advisors, and 6 experts who enjoy privileged government allowances. This hospital has undertaken more than 100 national and provincial research programs and key projects.567
Dr. Wang Guoqi from the hospital’s burn unit testified at a hearing of the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Committee that he was dispatched by the hospital more than one hundred times to execution sites and crematoriums to remove skin and corneas from executed prisoners. Since the organ harvesting crimes were exposed in 2006, this hospital has deleted almost all relevant information on its website.
The hospital also later removed content regarding its kidney transplant and nephrology departments, leaving the respective columns blank on the official website.568
We were able to see the scale of organ transplants performed at this hospital thorough pieces of information remaining on medical and physician websites, as detailed below.
The 70-bed nephrology department mainly focuses on kidney transplantation.569 It conducts the second highest number of kidney transplants annually in Tianjin.570
The hospital’s data shows that its bed utilization rate had reached 107.6%, with an average bed turnover rate of 35.8 times per year.571 The organ transplant division is one of the hospital’s specialty departments with the most research and clinical strength.
This department has 44 medical personnel, including 4 surgeons with senior titles, 4 holding doctoral degrees, and 5 with master’s degrees.572
The web page of Li Hui, director of the nephrology department, states that he has operational and management experience in over 1,000 kidney transplants (this number appears to have been deflated).573 He claimed that his team has performed the most kidney transplants in the Armed Police system, and that its transplant volume is at the forefront in the Beijing and Tianjin areas and among China’s top 20 major hospitals.574
Professor Liu Weiru, the department’s chief surgeon, studied in Beijing Friendship Hospital’s urologic surgery and kidney transplantation department. He is skilled in performing various major surgeries, including kidney transplants.575 According to the report, in March 2006, this hospital carried out an unusually high number of kidney transplants on a daily basis–sometimes six in one night.576