This hospital collaborates with the Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, serves as a postgraduate clinical training base for Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine, and provides clinical teaching for 12 other medical schools. It has 326 personnel with senior and associate senior titles, 9 medical PhDs, 215 master’s degree holders, one specialist eligible for special allowances from the State Council, and 12 master’s advisors. It has 1,429 registered beds.341
The hospital started organ transplants as early as in 1997 and established a dedicated organ transplant division in 2003. It collaborated with Tongji Hospital and many other hospitals to provide remote consultation for patients with complicated diseases. Meanwhile, the hospital has set up an organ information sharing network with many hospitals inside and outside the province, enabling the sharing of organ resources and complementing transplant capabilities.
In 2004, it collaborated with Tongji Medical University to perform the first heart transplant in Yueyang City.342 In December 2006, it performed the first liver transplant in Yueyang.343 Later, the division relied on its own strength and cooperation with other divisions in the hospital to carry out a heart transplant and a combined liver-kidney transplant.344
Wen Dingjun, the academic lead in organ transplantation and director of the renal transplant division, was a board member of the Hunan Province Organ Transplant Committee and was named chief expert of Yueyang City in 2009.345 He tackled complex problems of kidney transplants, making them a routine procedure at the hospital.
One of the founders of the urology department, Professor Zhang Guofu, who serves as an adjunct professor at Central South University, specializes in kidney transplantation, and is one of the top ten doctors in the city. Professor Tang Xiuying once studied at the Organ Transplant Institute of Wuhan Union Hospital.346 Yang Dengfeng, Peng Shibo, Wang Xinyu and others all specialize in kidney transplant.347
The hospital’s website showed that it had completed over 2,000 allogeneic kidney transplants. As of July 2014, it had performed 5 transplants with voluntary organ donations. This leads to the question: even if the figure of 2,000 cases is assumed not to be purposely reduced, then from where did all the organs in the non-donation cases come?348