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China-U.S. Center on Medical Professionalism, PUHSC
Steering committee member

   The steering committee of the China-U.S. Center on Medical Professionalism, PUHSC, is composed of 7 Chinese members, Zhizheng Du, Debing Wang, Benfu Li, Daqing Zhang, Fuchuan Sun, Minsheng Fan and Yali Cong,  and 6 US members, David J. Rothman, David Blumenthal, Sheila M. Rothman, Holly Humphrey, Daniel B. Wolfson and Thomas Kellogg. The American members are drawn from four sources: the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.

David  J. Rothman

David J. Rothman is President of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP), Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians &Surgeons.
Trained in American social history at Harvard University, David Rothman first explored the history of mental hospitals, prisons, and almshouses, publishing Discovery of the Asylum as well as Willowbrook Wars, which was co-authored with Professor Sheila Rothman. David Rothman joined the Columbia medical school faculty in 1983 and his subsequent work has examined the history of health care practices and health policy. He published two books on the topic, Strangers by the Bedside and Beginnings Count: the Technological Imperative in American Health Care. Professor Rothman is now addressing the place of professionalism in medicine. With an endowment from the Open Society Institute, he established IMAP, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making professionalism a field and a force within medicine.   He has authored articles that appear in the New England Journal of Medicine, and Journal of American Medical Association.


David Blumenthal

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. Director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System is Professor of Health Care Policy and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

 A member of the Institute of Medicine Dr. Blumenthal serves on several editorial boards, including the American Journal of Medicine and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  He is also a National Correspondent for The New England Journal of Medicine. He was a Senior Advisor to the Obama campaign in health policy.

His research interests include the dissemination of health information technology, quality management in health care, the determinants of physician behavior, access to health services, and the extent and consequences of academic-industrial relationships in the health sciences.


Shelia M. Rothman

Sheila M. Rothman is a Professor of Public Health in the Division of Sociomedical Sciences at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She is also Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine at the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. 

Trained in social history, Professor Rothman received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research has explored American attitudes and policies past and present toward women, persons with mental disabilities, those with chronic diseases, and those at risk for genetic disease, published as In the Shadows of Death.  In recent years, she has concentrated her research efforts on the links between new technologies and individual and group identity, discussed in her book the Pursuit of Perfection, co-authored with Professor David j. Rothman.


Holly Humphrey

Dr. Holly Humphrey is Dean for Medical Education at The University of Chicago.  In this role, she oversees medical education for students in the Pritzker School of Medicine and for all residents and fellows in graduate medical education programs at The University of Chicago. Dr. Humphrey is a nationally recognized leader in medical education and a sought after visiting professor.  She is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the 2005 Dema C. Daley Founders Award from the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine for recognition as an educator, innovator and leader.  She was twice honored by students at the University of Chicago with the Hilger Perry Jenkins Teaching Award, recognizing the most outstanding teaching and patient-oriented service.  Graduating students have honored her 17 times as one of their favorite faculty-teachers. Dr. Humphrey has served as Chair of The American Board of Internal Medicine and as President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. 


Daniel B. Wolfson

Mr. Wolfson is the Executive Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer of the ABIM Foundation in Philadelphia.  He joined the Foundation in May 2001.  The Foundation’s focus is on professionalism, advancing participation of individual physicians in assessment and quality improvement activities and developing research initiatives to advance physician quality.

Mr. Wolfson served for nearly two decades as the founding president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (formerly The HMO Group), the nation’s leading association of not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans.  During his tenure, Mr. Wolfson earned national recognition for spearheading the development of the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS), convening the RxHealthValue coalition to provide independent information on the pharmaceutical industry, and co-sponsored with American College of Physicians the journal Effective Clinical Practice.

Prior to becoming the founding president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, Mr. Wolfson was the Director of Planning and Research at the Fallon Community Health Plan.  During that time, he led the product development team that launched the nation’s first Medicare risk contract with the Health Care Financing Administration. 

Mr. Wolfson received his Bachelor’s in Sociology from Boston University and his Master’s in Health Sciences Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. 


Thomas Kellogg

Thomas Kellogg is Advisor to the President and Program Officer at the Open Society Institute in New York. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses on Chinese law. He has worked for a wide range of non-governmental organizations in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, focusing on the development of the rule of law. He has written widely on legal reform in China, and has lectured on Chinese law at a number of universities in the United States and in China. Before joining the Open Society Institute, Kellogg was a senior fellow at the China Law Center at Yale Law School. He is a 2003 graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.


Zhizheng Du

Zhizheng Du, M.D., is chief editor of the Chinese Journal of Medicine and Physicians, Chair of Society of Medicine and Philosophy, Chair of the Chinese Society for Dialectics of Nature, and a professor at Dalian Medical University.

He founded the Journal of Medicine and Physician in the early 1980s and is a leader of medical ethics in China. His research interests include, medical ethics, professionalism and physician conduct.
As prolific writer, he has published books about these interests, titled “Outline of Medical Ethics”(1985), “New Vision of Nursing”(1990), “New Insight on Medical Ethics”(2000), and co-edited “Dictionary of Medical Ethics” (2003). As of January 2009, he has published about 300 papers in both Chinese and foreign journals
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Debing Wang

Debing Wang, M.D., graduated from Beijing Medical College in 1960, and received an honorary PH.D. from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and from La Trobe University. He is a professor of blood diseases.

Recently elected Vice Chair of the Chinese Medical Association, Dr. Wang is Chair of the Society of Blood Immunology and Chinese Society of Immunology, as well as President of  Chinese Association of Advanced Medical Education. Dr Wang has implemented several National projects. He also serves as part-time editor of some journals. As of January 2009, he has published 5 books and about 110 papers.  


Benfu Li

Benfu Li, M.D., graduated from Beijing Medical College in 1965 and is the professor of medical ethics at Peking University Health Science Center. He is the former chair of the Society of Medical Ethics, the Chinese Medical Association, and a physician at the  First teaching hospital of PUHSC.

An opinion leader in his field, Dr. Benfu is a member of the Medical Ethics Expert Committee of the Chinese Ministry of Health, a member of the National Medical Examination Center at the Ministry of Health and  honorary Chief Editor of Journal of Chinese Medical Ethics. He also serves as a member of a number of ethics committees. The Ministry of Health bestowed him an award for excellent activities for these works.

He has published more than 120 papers and 4 text books on medical ethics. He has completed three research projects on educational reform of medical ethics, bioethics and leadership development.


Daqing Zhang

Daqing Zhang, M.D., PH.D., is the Director of the Institute of Medical Humanities of Peking University, and the Director of the Division of General Education of PUHSC. He is professor of history of medicine.

He also serves as Vice Chair of Chinese Society of History of Science and Technology, Vice Chair of the Society of History of Medicine, the Chinese Medical Association, Vice Chief Editor of Chinese Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Vice Chair of the directing committee on Curriculum of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences of Medical Colleges for the Ministry of Education.

His research interests include history of medicine, medicine and philosophy, medical humanities and education. He has published a textbook on “The History of Medicine,” and two academic books titled “Social History of Disease of Modern China”, and “15 lectures on History of Medicine”. Dr. Zhang has published “Medicine is a Humane Art” in the Hastings Center Report in 1999, and “China’s Barefoot Doctor: past, present and future” in Lancet, 2008. He has organized the translation of  “Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine”  and “The Cambridge World History of Human Disease” into Chinese.


Xuehong Wan

Xuehong Wan, Professor of Internal Medicine, Vice-dean of West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University. Research majors include comparison of medical education between China and North America, medical curriculum, medical test and teaching method based on simulation. He published 37 academic papers and 7 books. He received the National First-grade Higher Education Award in 2005 and Distinguished Professorship Award from China Medical Board in 2009.


Minsheng Fan

Minsheng Fan, M.D., graduated from Heilongjiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1975, and is a Professor at Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University. He has been working in the area of medical ethics since 1982.

He is the member of Medical Ethics Expert Committee of the Chinese Ministry of Health, a standing member of the Society of Medical Ethics and the Chinese Medical Association, Vice Chair of Shanghai Society of Medical Ethics, member of the Medical Ethics Test of the National Medical Examination Center at the Ministry of Health, and member of numerous ethics committees. Dr. Minsheng also serves as part-time editors of the Chinese Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, the Journal of Chinese Medical Ethics, and the Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics.

His research interests and recent papers focus on healthcare reform, just allocation of health resources,  the ethics of organ transplantation, medical ethics in education, and the infrastructure of ethical review committees. . 


Yali  Cong

Yali Cong, graduated from Beijing Normal University in 1985, and received her Ph.D. from People’s University in 1995. Dr. Cong is a Professor of medical ethics in Peking University Health Science Center and Director of Department of Medical Humanities of Peking University Health Science Center.

She also serves as Secretary General of the Society of Medical Ethics, Chinese Medical Association, and is a member of Medical Ethics Test, of the National Medical Examination Center at the Ministry of Health. Funded by Ministry of Education, she studied in the University of Chicago, Center for Clinical Ethics as a Senior Visiting Scholar in 2001.

She has published a textbook titled “Nursing Ethics”, and about 30 papers, including “case study, the VIP floors” in the Hastings Center Report, in 2005 and “Doctor-Family-Patient Relationship: the Chinese paradigm of informed consent” in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy in 2004. She is further involved in some international projects on research ethics and public health ethics.