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Shu-Dong Xiao graduated from Shanghai Second Medical College in 1955 and after graduation he was appointed Resident and Visiting physician in Medicine at Shanghai Ren-Ji hospital, Shanghai Second Medical College. In 1978 he was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine and in 1986 the full Professor of Medicine at Shanghai Second Medical University. In 1984 he became the Vice-director of Shanghai Institute of Digestive Disease, and from 1990 to 1998 he was appointed Director of the institute. In 1994 Professor Xiao became Director of the Laboratory of Gastroenterology, Ministry of Public Health, P.R. China, where he remains. He was awarded a State Science and Technology Prize in 1998, and many prizes from Shanghai Municipal Government and State Education Committee for his work in Gastroenterology. As a clinician he has worked in different basic and clinical fields related to gastrointestinal diseases, chiefly peptic ulcer disease, gastritis and gastric cancer; he is also interested in laser-induced autofluorescence in the diagnosis of gastric cancer. He was the President of two Shanghai International Conferences of Gastroenterology in 1996 and 2000.
Professor Xiao is author or co-author of over 180 scientific articles in medical journals, and recently he has published two books, one is "Gastroenterology: New Theories and Technologies", the other one is "Jiang Shao-Ji Gastroenterology".
Professor Xiao is Editor-in-chief of the Chinese Journal of Digestion, the Chinese Journal of Gastroenterology and the Chinese Journal of Digestive Diseases (in English). He is also a member of the International Editorial Board of several scientific journals, such as Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Helicobacter, Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Hepato-Gastroenterology.
Currently he is President of Chinese Society of Gastroenterology.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- One day in 1962 Dr. Shao-Ji Jiang, the Vice-director of our Department of Internal Medicine, asked me if I was willing to become a gastroenterologist and to help him establishing the Division of Gastroenterology. At that time cardiology was hot for young doctors, but after consideration I finally decided to follow Dr. Jiang and become a gastroenterologist.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- I was very much influenced by two of my teachers, late Professor Shao-Ji Jiang, a distinguished gastroenterologist and Professor M.S. Huang, a distinguished cardiologist. Both of them taught me how to approach medicine and how to practice in medicine.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- The paper entitled "Unidentified curved bacilli on gastric epithelium in active chronic gastritis" by J.R. Warren and Barry Marshall was published in The Lancet in 1983 (The Lancet 1983; 2: 1273). This paper influenced me most as since then my main research topic has been changed to Helicobacter pylori related diseases, in particular chronic gastritis, gastric cancer and peptic ulcer.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- Pernicious anemia has been considered extremely rare in Chinese people, however it is not true. In 1980 a patient aged 78 suffered from anemia was admitted in my ward. After investigation I found this was a typical case of pernicious anemia associated with corporal atrophic gastritis confirmed by gastroscopy and histology, serum B12 level, and Schilling test. This was the first case of pernicious anemia diagnosed in China. Since then 25 cases of pernicious anemia have been diagnosed at our institute. In addition, ifurazolidone was widely used in China to treat peptic ulcers with a high healing rate in the 1970s. We were the first to use this medication for eradicating Helicobacter pylori in the middle of 1980s.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- I have made many minor mistakes in my life, but it is hared to say which one is the biggest mistake.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To introduce the best Chinese research work to our international colleagues. We plan to publish quarterly a journal in English named Chinese Journal of Digestive Diseases (CDD), with the articles being selected and translated from the Chinese Journal of Digestion and the Chinese Journal of Gastroenterology. Two issues of CDD are going to be published this year.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Probably my greatest regret is my failure to cannulate the pancreatic duct or common bile duct with a catheter in doing ERCP during the early 1980s due to lack of experience.
- How do you relax?
- Traveling to some scenic places and enjoying classical music are my ways to relax.
- What is your favorite sport?
- I liked to play table tennis, particularly in my youth.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Southern - particularly in Sanya, Hainan Province, which is known as the "Oriental Hawaii".
- What is your favorite film?
- I have not watched many movies, so I cannot tell which is my favorite.
- What car do you drive?
- I don't drive, I don't have a car.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- My best electronic 'toy' is an Acer 600 Travelmate Notebook, it is really a very useful instrument which I can use to send and receive emails quickly and conveniently all around the world, to write articles, and to enjoy music and games during traveling.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- Now I am reading Gastritis edited by David Y. Graham, Robert M. Genta and Michael F. Dixon, published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- The new millennium is the time for communication and information; and we can get the new information quickly by means of the Internet. I believe GastroHep.com is the best international website for the effective sharing of knowledge in gastroenterology and hepatology.