Cincinnati Children’s has established a formal collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, one of the largest pediatric hospitals and research centers in China.
The three-year agreement, focusing on cancer and blood diseases, calls for:
- Faculty exchanges: Cincinnati Children’s will host faculty from Chongqing Children’s for extended visits for clinical experience in hematology/oncology, and Chongqing will host two to three faculty a year from Cincinnati Children’s for education and consultation on complex cases.
- Telemedicine consultations: The hospitals will hold virtual case conference educational programs on complex patient scenarios several times a month and will consult on research program development and specific research protocol design.
Representatives from both hospitals participated in a signing ceremony May 1. Welcoming the guests, Arnold Strauss, MD, chair of Pediatrics, called it an “exciting day for both institutions.”
Tingyu Li, MD, president of Chongqing Children’s, recalled visiting Cincinnati Children’s just two months after becoming president in 2006 and being impressed with the clinical, research and education programs. This was her fourth visit.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a strong institution to advance our research programs,” President Li says. “Our hope is that through our patients we can make our contribution to translational research at Cincinnati Children’s.”
John Perentesis, MD, director, Oncology and Cancer Programs, has visited Chongqing twice and was struck by the similarities with Cincinnati Children’s. Both hospitals share a “strong commitment to patients and families and a passion for achieving better outcomes through new technologies and innovations,” he says.