Professor Changqing Gao Elected Member of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

In February 2016, Prof. Changqing Gao was elected Member of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh without Examination, and will attend the Diploma Ceremony in Edinburgh soon. As one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world, the College, with a 500-year history, is now a prestigious medical organization with good reputation, broad international liaison and representation of the cutting-edge surgical technology.

In order to be granted with the fellowship and membership of the College, a surgeon has to go through a rigorous application process to ensure that his professional competence meets the high criteria of the College. By now, the College has a membership enrollment of around 22,500 professionals in over 100 countries across the world.

Changqing Gao, M.D. at the PLA General Hospital, is a pioneer surgeon in robotic cardiac surgery in Asia, who has completed about 900 cases of robotic cardiac surgery with da Vinci Surgical Systems since 2007.

Dr. Gao’s professional interests include acquired heart disease, mitral and aortic valve repair/replacement, aneurysms of the thoracic aorta, and heart transplantation. He has a special interest in complex coronary artery bypass, off-pump coronary artery bypass, surgical treatment of left ventricular aneurysm, and minimally invasive robotic cardiac surgery.

Dr. Gao has been a recipient of many research grants and fellowships, and numerous awards for his excellence in achievements in science and technology. He is the principal investigator of a number of major clinical research projects in China. Dr. Gao has contributed to the studies on the helical ventricular myocardial band and surgical treatment of left ventricular aneurysm. He has published over 300 journal articles and book chapters, and 5 books.

Dr. Gao holds important positions in many academic societies. He is the Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Councilor of the Chinese Medical Association, Vice Presidents of the Chinese Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Chinese Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons, President of the Beijing Society of Cardiac Surgery, Executive Councilors of the Beijing Medical Association and the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS), Board Directors of the ISMICS and SRS, and Members of AATS, STS and EACTS.

Dr. Gao plays an active role in clinical and academic activities. He is a Professor of Tsinghua University and Nankai University. Furthermore, Dr. Gao is the Co-editor of the Journal of Robotic Surgery of USA, Member of Editorial Board of the Heart Surgery Forum, Member of Editorial Board of Innovations of USA. He also holds memberships of the editorial boards of many influential medical journals in China.