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Guo-Zong Pan was born in Shanghai in 1930. He graduated from the Peking Union Medical College (an eight-year system) in 1957. Since then, he has worked at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital.
In the early 1980s, Professor Pan received further training at the NIH in the USA. He was made Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 1987.
Between 1995 and 1999 he was elected President of the Chinese Society of Gastroenterology. Now, he remains the Honorary President of the Society. He is also an Honorary International member of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and member of the Governing Council of the World Organization of Gastroenterology (OMGE). He is member of the editorial boards of several well-known national and international journals.
Professor Pan's field of interest is fairly multi-disciplinary. His early achievements were in acid-related diseases. He completed his study on the parietal cell mass in Chinese, in the 1960s. In the early 1980s, Pan directed his attention to the research work of GI hormones. He was the first person in China to conduct GI hormone receptor studies using dispersed pancreatic acini. He was later elected the first Chairman of the Chinese Society of Gastrointestinal Hormones.
Professor Pan is also an expert on intestinal diseases. He has published many papers on inflammatory bowel disease, with special regard to the differential diagnosis between Crohn's disease and tuberculous enteritis, the latter being more prevalent in China. In recent years, his group has conducted a lot of research work on irritable bowel syndrome - its epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria, and management.
Professor Pan has authored over 200 publications. He was the Editor-in-chief of the "Textbook of Contemporary Gastroenterology" (in Chinese) published in 1994. This book won the 1995 National Award for Best Scientific Publications and also a First Degree Award for Scientific Contributions from the Chinese Ministry of Public Health. He has also won several national awards for his achievements in academic research.
Professor Pan is married to Wei-Ming Liu. They have one daughter.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- By chance. My teacher, Professor Hsiao-Chien Chang, who was China's so-called 'Father of Gastroenterology', selected me as a research fellow.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Professors Hsiao Chien Chang and Chih-Chun Wang (who demonstrated the physiological release of secretin and CCK using the preparation of subcutaneously auto-transplanted pancreas in dogs (see Am J Physiol 1951; 164 (2): 527-44). He taught me physiology, as well as to show initiative.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- To be devoted and active in one's career, and that showing initiative and being cooperative are the most important characteristics in academic work.
- How do you relax?
- Watching TV or reading novels.
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your best place in the world?
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "The Biography of Mu-hai Tang" - conductor of the Chinese National Orchestra.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- It is a very good website. Through the website, gastroenterologists and hepatologists can know more about what is happening around the world. The world can also understand more about both China's achievements and problems in gastroenterology and hepatology