Leadership of the Hospital


The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, originally known as the Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Public Institution of Medicine, was founded in 1910 by Dr. Paul Jerome Todd (an American medical missionary) with 40 western doctors. It is composed of the Headquarters, East Division and Hui ya Hospital. The Hospital is an important base for research, medical service, medical education, preventive care and rehabilitation in South China. It is well known for its high quality and excellent service in China and Southeast Asia. For years, it has been recognized as the most reliable hospital in mainland China by Hong Kong residents.



There are 5 National Key Disciplines - Nephrology, General Surgery, Neurology, Otorhinolaryngology and Endocrinology. There are also 28 “National Key Clinical Specialties” in the hospital, such as Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Nephrology, Neurology, etc. Department of Rehabilitation has been selected as a WHO Collaborating Center for Rehabilitation. The Laboratory of Nephrology and the Laboratory on Assisted Circulation are Key Laboratories of the Ministry of Health.

Scientific Research

Over the past 10 years, the hospital has won 90 awards for achievements in research and development. They include 3 “The Second Prize for National Science & Technology Progress”, 16 “The Prize of Chinese Medical Science & Technology”, 5 “The First Prize for Science & Technology Progress in Guangdong”.  It has undertaken 885 various research projects supported by Ministry of Science & Technology, “973 Project”, “863 Project”, and the National Natural Science Fund. From 2010 to 2014, there are 1500 SCI papers published by our hospital with the first author / correspondent author. Currently, 49 experts in the hospital are appointed as the chairs of different medical societies in Guangdong and China. 

Health Care

The hospital serves more than 4.10 million outpatients every year. There are more than 125,590 surgical operations and 155,243 discharges annually. The hospital has a Private Medical Center, which draws patients from around the world and offers a specialist medical service for them. The hospital is also equipped with a variety of advanced medical equipments such as Da Vinci surgical robot, PET-CT, 3T-MRI, 64 Slides Spiral CT, ECT, TCD, EMG, Doppler, bidirectional cardioangiograghic equipment, heart monitoring system, extracorporeal shockwave lithotripter, electronic endoscope, etc. Based on its advanced technology, the hospital successfully diagnosed and cured many critical, difficult and rare diseases, such as the first case of dieresis in the country for conjoined twins and the craniopagus twins, the operation to rectify a child born with 3 legs and the first operation in Asia to transplant the kidney and liver simultaneously.

Medical Education

The hospital is the biggest clinical teaching base of Sun Yat-sen University, taking up more than 40% of the clinical teaching tasks as well as post-graduate education and continuing education. There are over 800 students graduating from the hospital with PhD or master degree. The hospital is also an important base for national continuing medical education. It undertakes more than 130 continuing medical education programs each year. It offers clinical training programs for doctors and other health professionals from all over the world and more than 1,100 medical workers receive their medical training in the hospital each year.

International Partnerships

At present, the hospital has established academic collaboration with hospitals from more than 20 countries and regions, such as Harvard Medical School, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, UCLA Health System in U.S.A., University of Birmingham , University of Oxford in UK, Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong, etc. It hosts more than 10 international academic conferences each year.


In the years to come, The First Affiliated Hospital, SYSU will continue to strive for betterment in medical services, teaching and research, and develop itself into a leading institution in the country and a renowned modern comprehensive hospital in the world.