Durham Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals welcome physicians from China

Durham Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals have welcomed five physicians from Shanghai Pudong Medical Center in Shanghai, China, to observe the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery program.

Chinese physicians visit

Dana Portenier, MD (right), surgeon at the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, discusses a patient’s case with Peng Zhang, one of the physicians visiting from China.

During the month of January, the visitors will observe and learn about the clinical, research and academic aspects of the program, and then will return to Shanghai to establish the first institute of metabolic and weight loss surgery.

“We are very pleased to host Shanghai Pudong Medical Center’s bariatric and metabolic surgery team,” said Alfonso Torquati, MD, MSci, medical director of the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. “Meeting this distinguished group is a wonderful opportunity to exchange views on many aspects of weight loss surgery and discuss important issues relating to the management of patients with morbid obesity. The visit will enhance our understanding on current and future policies related to weight loss surgery in China, opening new opportunities for future collaboration.”

In addition to training at both hospitals, physicians with the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery and Shanghai Pudong Medical Center are planning to hold an international conference on metabolic surgery in Shanghai later in the year, and plan long-term collaborations in research and education around metabolic syndrome and diabetes resolution in weight loss surgery.

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