This hospital plays an important role in Tianjin’s healthcare system. It has two postdoctoral fellow research stations, 29 doctoral programs, 30 master’s degree programs, 75 doctoral advisors, and 212 master’s advisors.561
In 1995, this hospital completed Tianjin’s first and China’s second intestinal transplant. It was also among the earliest to start performing allogeneic liver transplants.562 It has also performed kidney transplants at a considerable scale.
Its lung cancer surgery department is subordinate to the Tianjin Lung Transplant Center and approved by the Ministry of Health to carry out single and bilateral lung transplantation for end-stage lung diseases.563
The hospital was also the first in Tianjin to carry out clinical heart transplants. As of 2005, its cardiothoracic surgery department had 54 beds. In 2001, the department performed Tianjin’s first allogeneic heart transplant, which was also a combined heart-kidney transplant. In 2003, it demonstrated Asia’s first orthotopic cardiac allograft following removal of a left ventricular assist pump, filling a gap in Tianjin.564
In the 1950s, the ophthalmology department became one of the first in China to begin conducting corneal transplants. It also established a nationally influential ophthalmic pathology laboratory. Its medical personnel include 14 with senior titles, 8 with intermediate titles, 2 PhD advisors, 6 master’s advisors, 8 PhDs, 2 PhD students, 7 master’s degree holders, and 18 with GCP certifications. The department has 42 beds and conducts more than 2,000 surgeries annually.565
By the 1980s, the urologic surgery department had already performed 90 kidney transplants. In the 1990s, the general surgery department began performing liver, small intestine, and allogeneic liver transplants.566