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Chinese Physicians Visit to Increase Collaboration

Physicians from the Dalian Province Healthcare System in northern China are shown on their recent visit to Cedars-Sinai. Along with the Chinese delegation are Yichen (Kate) Jiang, team leader with the Center for International Health, (far left) Spencer K. Koerner, MD, vice president and medical director for the Center for International Health, (fourth from left) and Peter Julien, MD, chief of Thoracic Imaging (fifth from left).

Physicians from the Dalian Province Healthcare System in northern China visited Cedars-Sinai in mid-August to explore the possibility of increasing collaboration on a teleconsultation link that would include the transfer of clinical data for teleradiology consultation.

Organized by Peter J. Julien, MD, chief of Thoracic Imaging, the visit by seven Chinese physicians focused on Cedars-Sinai's imaging capabilities that support Cedars-Sinai's many innovative programs — especially those in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology and orthopedics.

"Each of these departments works closely with Imaging to provide streamlined care that results in excellent outcomes for our patients," said Julien.

Under the collaboration, data and images from China are transmitted to Cedars-Sinai's Imaging Department via advanced, secure telecommunications technology. This enables physicians in China to consult with specialists at Cedars-Sinai on complex cases, and could ultimately lead to the transfer of patients to Cedars-Sinai.

Beyond transmitting images, Julien provided information on Cedars-Sinai's tumor ablation program and other nonsurgical approaches to treating some types of cancer. He also spoke about the importance of integrating Eastern and Western medicine.

The daylong program included a lunchtime video workshop led by Wenchao Tao and Brad Penenberg, MD. The workshop demonstrated Cedars-Sinai's orthopedic surgery and network development capabilities.

Speakers included Julien; Spencer Koerner, MD, director of the Center for International Health; Lynne Roy, director of the Department of Imaging; Robert Figlin, MD, Steven Spielberg Family Chair in Hematology Oncology; Peter Chen, MD, director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care; Howard Sandler, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology; and Bruce Gewertz, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery.

Gewertz also provided information on PreferUS Healthcare, which has partnered with Cedars-Sinai to broaden exposure in China and provide physicians with access to Cedars-Sinai's research, specialists and advanced technology. Cedars-Sinai has a representative in China who works to coordinate patient visits to Cedars-Sinai.

"Our goal is to build strong, sustainable working relationships with our fellow physicians in China," said Gewertz, who is also chair of the board of PreferUS Healthcare. "This goes directly to the heart of our mission."