About SCH

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Shanghai Chest Hospital, the earliest established Grade-A tertiaryspecialized hospitals in China, specializes in the treatment of heart, lung, esophagus, trachea and mediastinal diseases. It integrates medical treatment, teaching and scientific research together. In 2004, the hospital became the Shanghai Red Cross Chest Hospital. In 2005, it became the affiliated hospital of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


On November 2, 1957, the Shanghai municipal government teamed up the key strengths of cardiothoracic medicine field of the cityto launch Shanghai Chest Hospital. Three of the four founders of our nation’s cardiothoracic surgery,Prof Huang Jiasi, Prof Lan Xichun and Prof Gu Kaishi, were appointed as the first president and vice president of the hospitalrespectively.


The hospital now has 10 clinical departments which arecardiovascular surgery, cardiology, thoracic surgery, pulmonarymedicine, oncology, integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine, emergency, ICU, radiation oncology, and anesthesiology. There are also 10 medical technology departments which are radiology, pathology,pharmacy, clinical laboratory,nuclear medicine, ultrasounddiagnosis, cardiac function, pulmonary function, endoscope and nutrition.


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The hospital is undertakingthenational key discipline(cardiology), the national key clinicalspecialties (thoracic surgery, cardiologyand cardiac vascular surgery),Twelfth Five-Year Plan key specialty of theState Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine), Shanghai key clinical specialties (thoracic surgery and pulmonary medicine), Shanghai Lung Cancer Center (oncology), and Shanghai key medical disciplines.


It is the first hospital to set up the internationally certificated chest pain center. It is also one of the nation’s first batch to launch the China Chest Pain Center, China Heart Failure Center, China Atrial Fibrillation Center and cancer pain managementdemonstration wards.In addition, the hospital has Shanghai Jiao Tong University Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis and Treatment Centerand Shanghai Jiao Tong University Esophageal Diseases Diagnosis and Treatment Center.


Shanghai Chest Hospital has 964 beds and 23 clinical wards. It also has ICU, CCU, day-care wards and clinical research wards.The hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiothoracic diseases, forming two big groups of thoracic oncology and cardiovascular disease disciplines.


The thoracic surgery department, featuring the widest spectrum of diseases and the most comprehensive technology subspecities in China, performs more than 14,000 surgerieseach year.Amongthem, more than 90 percent are minimally invasive surgery. The coincidence rate of preoperative diagnosis and postoperative pathological of lung malignant tumors exceeds 90 percent.The number of hospital’s Grade 3 and 4 surgery ranks the first among the city’s tertiaryhospitals.


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Shanghai Chest Hospital is the first hospital in mainland China to perform the da Vinci robotic-assisted thoracic surgeries,or robotic-assisted surgeries, fulfilling over 600surgeries on lung, esophagus and mediastinal diseases, and has been rankingas NO.1 amongthe worldfor many years.


The hospital initiatesto propose the multi-disciplinary comprehensive treatment of lung cancer in China. It is alsoone of the first centers to carry out targeting therapy andimmune therapy for lung cancer in China. The hospital takes the leading position in imaging diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endoscopic interventional therapy, pathological diagnosis and genetic testing all year round,and leads clinical guidelines many timesfor the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.


Shanghai Chest Hospital is one of the earliest centersto carry outthe diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in China. Prof Lan Xichun, the first vice president, performed the first mitral valve closuresurgery in China. The hospital is good at treating various types of cardiovascular vascular diseases, especially some seriousones.

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The hospital is among the first batch to perform surgeries including coronary arteries, heart valves, congenital heart disease, heart transplantation and atrial fibrillation. It takes a leading position on interventional therapy of complex coronary heart disease, comprehensive treatment of atrial fibrillation (radiofrequency ablation, left atrial appendage occlusion, anticoagulation and etc), interventional treatment of abnormalcardiopulmonary vascular structure,advanced cardiac pacing technique, end-stage heart failure and etc. The number of radiofrequency ablation surgeriesof atrial fibrillation has been rankingNO.1 in the Asia-Pacific region for many years.


Since the establishment of the hospital, it has created many "first" in the development history of cardiothoracic surgery in China: They are the first bubble-type artificial heart-lung machine, the first plastic seamless artificial blood vessel, plush polyester artificial blood vessel, the first human lung adenocarcinoma cell line, the first unilateralsingle lung transplantation for an unrelated donor adult patient in the world, the first coronary bypass and cardiac valve replacement surgery, the first da Vinci surgery and etc.


Shanghai Chest Hospital has the Shanghai Thoracic Oncology Research Institute, central laboratory, Cardiopulmonary Vascular Translational Research Center, bio-bank, National Drug Clinical Trial Institute and a high-tech transformation park. The hospital also undertakes the key research and development projects of Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, national 863 key research projects and key projects of National Nature Science Foundation of China.It was awarded the National Science Congress Award, the National Invention Award and the Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress.


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The hospital has more than 1,400 employees including 160 chief and deputy chief physicians, 62 doctoral and master supervisors, and 32 recipients of the State Council Special Allowance. It also has outstandingyoung and middle-aged experts of National Health and Family Planning Commission, National Outstanding Youths, Shanghai Leading Talents, Shanghai Subject Chief Scientist, Shanghai Top Youths, Shanghai Pujiang Program, Shanghai Outstanding Medical Talents and Shanghai Outstanding Young Medical Talents.


At the same year of the establishment, the hospital was designated as the national cardiothoracic surgery training base by Ministry of Health, and has carried out 48 sessions of courses. Thousands of cardiothoracic surgery physicians have been trained nationwide. The hospital also has the training bases of interventional treatment of coronary, arrhythmia and structural heart disease, and endoscope. Moreover, it focuses on the training projects of national inpatient physicians and specialist physicians.


The hospital has recruited overseas doctors for the long-term training ofthoracic surgery and is designated as the only demonstration center by Asia Thoracic Surgery Education Committee. It also undertakes the scientific and teaching research tasks and post-doctoral training tasks from many universities such as Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


The hospital adheres to the direction of public welfare hospitals and fulfills its social responsibilitiesactively. It has been sending backbones to Tibet Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for years. The hospital has participated in the charity assistance for children with congenital heart disease in poverty-stricken areas for more than 10 years. It is honored as “Advanced Group of National Health System,” National Smoke-free Hospital, “Top Ten of Shanghai Professional Ethics Construction,” “Shanghai Volunteer Base,” and wins the “Shanghai Civilized Unit” for many years in a roll.


Goal of Shanghai Chest Hospital: Striving for building a great clinical research specialized hospital with love and spirit of sacrifice!

Spirits of Shanghai Chest Hospital: Innovation, Praticality, Excellence, Harmony

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