This hospital is a central base of medical services, education, and research in Shanxi Province. It has 518 staff with senior professional titles, 22 doctoral advisors, 218 master’s advisors, and 46 with privileged allowances from the State Council.619
The hospital conducted corneal transplants between 1963 and 1966.620 Its urology department worked independently to perform kidney transplants in 1998. Its combined pancreas-kidney transplant operation in 1999 set a precedent in Shanxi Province. It has also undertaken a number of kidney transplant research projects.621
In September 2001, the hospital conducted its first pancreas-kidney transplant in collaboration with the Third Hospital of Peking University.622 In 2002, it carried out many other kidney and pancreas-kidney transplants independently.623
On March 27, 2001, the General Surgery Division completed its first liver transplant.624 In 2002, the hospital completed two more liver transplants independently, setting a precedent in Shanxi Province.625 Liver transplantation has become the focus of the division’s development.
In March 2006, the hospital formed a new division specializing in organ transplantation. It moved into the new No. 1 Inpatient Building, with 90 beds. In 2010, the division expanded to 140 beds.626
On December 1, 2003, Director Liu Qiang of the General Surgery Division led the team to complete its first heart transplant, filling a gap in Shanxi Province and marking its nationally advanced level of transplant capabilities.627
Division chief Liang Zhixing designated heart transplantation as the key research project and assigned dedicated staff to the “donor heart excision group,” “myocardial conservation group,” “implant operation group,” “patient care group,” and “support group.” Through continuous experimentation and training, the team has mastered heart transplantation.628
The transplant group includes quite a few experts and specialists in kidney and multi-organ transplantation, such as Wang Dongwen and Liu Chun.
This is the largest modern, comprehensive 3A hospital in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, with 773 senior professionals, 557 intermediate professionals, 140 members with doctoral degrees, 672 with master’s degrees, and 3 experts who receive privileged allowances from the State Council.629
The hospital is this region’s only heart and lung transplant center. 630 In recent years, the hospital has carried out the first heart, liver, small intestine, kidney, corneal, stem cell, and other types of transplants in the region. Some of these types of transplants have become routine operations for the hospital.631
The heart and great vessels surgery department has become a national heart center. It carried out the Autonomous Region’s first orthotopic heart allograft and second lung allograft. It has 56 beds, 4 chief physicians, 3 associate chief physicians, 2 attending physicians, and 2 physicians. Five of them hold doctorate degrees, and 5 have master’s degrees.632
The hospital’s 48-bed hepatobiliary surgery department is subordinate to its transplant surgery department and has 7 chief physicians, 3 associate chief physicians, one doctoral advisor, 3 master’s advisors, 9 PhDs, 2 master’s degree holders, and 3 visiting scholars in Japan.
Hospital president Meng Xingkai is a well-known expert in the hepatobiliary surgery department. Between 1997 and 2006, he studied abdominal surgery at the Peking Union Medical College Cancer Hospital under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, digestive surgery at the Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University (now University of Toyama) in Japan, and organ transplant at the Beijing Armed Police Corps Hospital Organ Transplantation Research Institute. In 2004, he performed the first piggyback liver transplant in Inner Mongolia, filling a gap in the autonomous region.633
Meng directed the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Center of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and is a member of the Chinese Medical Association Organ Transplantation Society. He received training from the Organ Transplantation Research Institute of the Beijing Armed Police Corps Hospital.
The urologic surgery department began performing kidney allografts in 1990. In 2006, it collaborated with the general surgery department to complete the autonomous region’s first combined pancreas-kidney transplant. It has 80 beds, 3 chief physicians/professors, 6 associate chief physicians/associate professors, 2 attending physicians, and 2 residents. Among them are 5 PhDs, 7 with master’s degrees, and one PhD student.
The hospital published the list of service charges for various types of transplant surgery based on the “Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Medical Service Prices 2012 Edition”. 634 These prices are per operation, cover the transplant surgery only, and exclude the organ and procurement costs:
- Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP), Extracapsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE), and Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation (all three combined): 1,100 RMB
- lung transplant: 3,000 RMB
- liver transplant: 3,000 RMB
- corneal transplant and retinal reattachment: 1,000 RMB
- corneal transplant: 600 RMB
- multi-organ transplant: 5,000 RMB
- peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplant: ¥2,500
- small bowel (inestinal) transplant: 2,000 RMB
- heart-lung transplant: 5,000 RMB
- heart transplant: 4,000 RMB
- pancreas transplant: 2,500 RMB
- post-transplant hepatectomy + retransplant: 4,000 RMB
- allogeneic spleen transplant: 2,000 RMB
- allogeneic kidney transplant: 2,000 RMB
- heterotopic allograft and pancreatectomy: 800 RMB