The annual report of shanghai chest hospital—a view from abroad

The annual report of shanghai chest hospital—a view from abroad

Gunda Leschber

Department of Thoracic Surgery, ELK Berlin Chest Hospital, Berlin, Germany

Correspondence to: Gunda Leschber. Department of Thoracic Surgery, ELK Berlin Chest Hospital, Berlin, Germany. Email:

Provenance: This is an invited Commentary commissioned by Dr. Wentao Fang, MD, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Shanghai Chest (Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Chest Hospital, Shanghai, China).

Comment on: Yao F, Wang R, Guo X, et al. Annual report of Department of Thoracic Surgery at Shanghai Chest Hospital. Shanghai Chest 2018;2:18.

Received: 18 October 2018; Accepted: 23 October 2018; Published: 31 October 2018.

doi: 10.21037/shc.2018.10.06

This is the first annual report of the Shanghai Chest Hospital in which the authors describe the development over the past nine years not only in the different fields of surgery but also of the number of procedures performed.

An overview is given over the different sections (lung, esophageal, mediastinal, tracheal). All modern surgical techniques are available such as lung transplantation, robotic surgery or minimal-invasive procedures, the later accounting for an overwhelming part of lung cancer operations.

For each section a description of the most common procedures is added, nicely displayed in graphics. It shows an impressive number of cases with a steady increase over the last years.

The authors mention splitting thoracic surgery into several subspecialities which seems reasonable in view of the magnitude of their clinical work, experience and work load.

For esophageal surgery they describe that a multidisciplinary team decides on the treatment of each patients allowing individualised cancer treatment. The same is mentioned for mediastinal surgery. However, there is no such report about a multidisciplinary team approach for lung cancer patients. If one observes the dramatic changes in oncologic treatment for lung cancer over the last few years such an approach seems advisable for lung cancer as well.

Another necessity to be installed in the future is tumor documentation (not mentioned in this report) in order to report not only the sheer number of procedures but also the outcome or survival rates of tumor patients.

The authors mention participation in several multicenter studies or at least they plan to do so. Exchanging their ample expertise with thoracic surgeons worldwide can be a very fruitful transfer of knowledge.

According to their mission of “state of the art medical and surgical education”, they report that a large number of surgeons has been trained in Shanghai Chest Hospital, so it is to be expected that many patients from all regions of China will benefit from this training. Their sharing of knowledge is further demonstrated by an impressive number of publications over the last three years.

As improvement in patient´s care is a combined effort worldwide, the surgical community can look forward to further annual reports of Shanghai Chest Hospital.




Conflicts of Interest: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.

doi: 10.21037/shc.2018.10.06
Cite this article as: Leschber G. The annual report of shanghai chest hospital—a view from abroad. Shanghai Chest 2018;2:83.