Chancellor Collins’ travels in China cementing strong partnerships

Chancellor in China Group
A UMass Medical School delegation led by Chancellor Michael F. Collins and including Guangping Gao, PhD, Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD, Hui Zou, PhD, and Shan Lu, MD, PhD, is pictured with colleagues at the Sichuan-UMass Forum on 21st Century Health Care Challenges held on Oct. 13 in Chengdu, China.


Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD, received a warm welcome in Chengdu, China, as he met with President Xie Heping of Sichuan University on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to share lessons learned from U.S. healthcare reform and discuss building on an already established strategic partnership.

Chancellor Collins gave the keynote address at the Sichuan-UMass Forum on 21st Century Health Care Challenges, titled “UMass Medical School: Transforming Medical Education, Research , Care and Policy in the Era of Health Care Reform.” More than 70 people, including faculty members, physicians and graduate students from Sichuan University’s School of Public Health, School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals, heard about the role of a public medical school in the reform of the U.S. health care system

Also speaking at the forum was Catarina Kiefe MD, PhD, chair and professor of quantitative health sciences and professor of medicine, and Shan Lu, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology.

The visit to Chengdu is part of a week-long trip to China, which included stops at Tsinghua University in Beijing earlier in the week and at Tongji University, one of the Medical School’s most active partners, later in the week.