Department of Infectious Diseases is one of the key medical disciplines of Sichuan Province. It was established in 1960. The Department has 55 beds, with annual visits reaching 40,000 and inpatients 1,500. The Department is fully integrated in clinical work, teaching and research in the field of infections and liver diseases, and provides guidance on rational use of antibiotics for local hospitals in Sichuan. It also plays a leading role in the prevention and treatment of contagious diseases, and the management of major public health events (viral hepatitis, AIDS, rabies, dysentery, SARS, Streptococcus suis, and avian/swine influenza).
The Department co-compiled the Diagnostic and Treatment Manual for Streptococcus suis during the 2005 human endemic in Sichuan, and confirmed the first case of “imported” H1N1 influenza in China during the 2009 global H1N1 pandemic. In 2010, the Department successfully diagnosed and treated more than 50 cases of acute parasitic liver infection.
The Department specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases (viral hepatitis as well as non-viral), infectious diseases (e.g., AIDS, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever), infections (e.g., sepsis, infection of the CNS, lungs and urinary tract), and fever of unknown origin.
The Department has 30 staffs, including two master student advisors, four with doctoral degree, and seven with master degree, among whom are leading scholars at the provincial levels (Science and Technology Department and Health Department), Vice Chairman & members of the Infectious Disease Society of Sichuan Medical Association (SMA), Vice Chairman of the Hepatology Society of SMA, members of Internal Medicine Society of SMA, Vice Chairman & members of Infectious Disease Society of Chengdu Medical Association, Councilor of Chengdu Anti-tuberculosis Association, and Young Members of Chinese Medical Association. The team includes five hepatologists, four infection control experts and three GCP experts (PI).
The Department is a standardized base for formal resident training (including general practitioners, internal medicine and infectious disease specialists). We are also the home of continued education for physicians from local hospitals, and intern training to support educational programs of medical colleges. We have hosted several national and provincial training courses in hepatology, infection control, and rational usage of anti-microbes.
Artificial liver support system is widely used in our Department to manage liver failure. Annual number of percutaneous liver biopsy reaches 220. We have completed a total of 1800 cases of ultrasound-guided liver biopsy. Fibroscan examination for liver fibrosis has been used in more than 20,000 cases. We are also engaged in patient education and management of chronic liver diseases.
We have been awarded by the following professional societies: Chinese Medical Doctor Association, Chinese Preventive Medical Association, China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Sichuan Provincial Department of Science and Technology. We participated in 12 GCP-standard phase II and III multi-centre clinical trials of new drugs for liver diseases and anti-microbes, and carried out 15 research projects sponsored by national and/or provincial governments in the past five years. We have published more than100 papers in renowned medical journals, including Journal of Hepatology and World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Professor Yang Xingxiang, director of the Department, is a master advisor and leading scholar of Science and Technology at Health and Family Planning Commission of Sichuan province. He has over 20-year experience in hepatology and infections. He is a member of the CNSLD study group, Vice Chairman of Hepatology Society of SMA, member of Internal Medicine Society and Infectious Disease Society of SMA, member of Infectious Disease Society of Chengdu Medical Association, and Councilor of Chengdu Anti-tuberculosis Association. He is the PI of five research projects and published more than 30 research papers and serves on the editorial board of Practical Journal of Clinical Medicine.
Address: No. 32, 2nd west section, 1st ring road, Chengdu, Sichuan 610072, China