Deparment of Esophageal Surgery


As early as in 1963, Prof. Kaishi Gu, Songchang Wu and Oulin Huang had performed esophagectomy with colon interposition for esophageal cancer. In 1965, Prof. Kaishi Gu and Songchang Wu proposed substernal gastric transposition after resection of esophageal cancer. Prof. Songchang Wu and Qingheng Cao applied the Mousseau-Barbin tubes as palliative treatment, which helped solve the swallowing difficulty of patients with advanced esophageal cancer. On these basis, they firstly proposed three incisions esophagectomy for esophageal cancer in China.

In 1976, Prof. Oulin Huang and Dekui Sun performed esophagectomy with free jejunum interposition, which was awarded the first-class prize of National Scientific and Technology Commission. The techniques of esophageal surgery in Shanghai Chest Hospital has grown significantly over the past decades. In 2015, the department of esophageal surgery was formally established. Under the leadership of Prof. Zhigang Li, the esophageal surgery ranks first in Shanghai in terms of the number of procedures with more than 800 cases annually. This is also the top center with the largest sample size of Da Vinci robot-assisted esophagectomy for squamous cell esophageal carcinoma in the world. Our center is a domestic leader in the techniques of colonic and jejunal interposition for complicated esophageal diseases; and is also in the domestic leading level in the treatment of complicated tracheoesophageal fistula, stenosis of upper subglottic trachea, laryngeal function preservation for upper esophageal cancer and one-stop comprehensive treatment for esophageal cancer, as well as surgical treatment for benign esophageal disease such as gastroesophageal reflux disorder.

In the meantime, our department pay great attention to the academic promotion and international exchanges: team members have participated and made speeches in many domestic or international academic conferences. Our team have held several independent brand meetings to promote the latest concepts and technologies of diagnosis and treatment for esophageal diseases. Aiming at promoting the development of academic researches, we focus on the integration of clinical and basic research. At present, our team have undertaken 16 scientific projects of national, provincial and city level; and also serve as a principal investigator to several multicentic, prospective, large-scale clinical trials and published a great number of papers.

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