The hospital has more than 1,200 professional staff, including 112 with senior titles and 208 PhDs, master’s degree holders, and post-doctoral fellows. Its organ transplantation department is a specialized center of the Guangzhou Military Command.519
The Organ Transplant Center of the hospital was establised in May 2004。The first liver-kidney combined transplant was carried out in 2005. 520 In 2010, it established a Transplantation Research Institute and Key Laboratory Training Base that integrates clinical care, education, and research. It has over 20 post-doctoral fellows, PhDs, and Masters.521
Its 10-story organ transplantation building became operational in 2006.522 It performs kidney, liver, heart, lung, corneal, and multi-organ transplants.
Sun Xuyong, president of the hospital’s Transplantation Research Institute, director of the Guangxi Transplantation Key Laboratory, and director of the Organ Transplant Center of Guangzhou Military Command, studied under Professor Yu Lixin. Sun founded the Organ Transplant Center at No. 303 Hospital in May 2004 and founded the hospital’s Transplantation Research Institute in June 2010. His research in kidney transplantation for high-risk uremia patients and multi-organ transplantation is at a leading level in China.523
Though the hospital is qualified for only kidney transplants, it has also carried out liver, lung, and corneal transplants. According to a Guangxi News report on December 14, 2011, more than 60 doctors carried out 6 transplant surgeries in 6 operating rooms simultaneously at No. 303 Hospital on that day. These included liver, lung, pancreas-kidney, and kidney transplants, as well as two corneal transplants. The surgeries continued until 1:00 am and ultimately achieved success.524
Dr. Sun Xuyong revealed that the six organs were procured from the same donor, but did not explain the source of the donor. Lan Liugen, deputy director of the surgery division, indicated that this procedure at the hospital had reached an internationally advanced level, and that only transplant hospitals in the United States, Germany, Japan, and other developed countries can procure multiple organs from the same donor simultaneously. At the time, only two hospitals in China had this capability; the other was the Tongji Organ Transplant Research Institute of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.525
Its organ transplantation department has published 23 academic papers in recent years (12 in core journals), including a series of clinical research on kidney transplants for elderly patients that had won a second-prize PLA medical achievement award.526
This hospital’s Eye Center is a key discipline for the Guangzhou Military Command and the hospital itself. It is an ophthalmology education base for the Third Military Medical University, Southern Medical University, and other universities. It was one of the earliest institutions in China to carry out corneal transplants. Its surgical volume and technology are at the forefront in Guangxi Province.527