The flight from Chicago to Shanghai takes 14 hours to cover more than 7,000 miles. But the distance between the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital and Shanghai Children's Medical Center will soon feel much smaller, thanks to a new partnership signed in October by hospital leaders.
Formalizing an exchange of educational resources, research expertise, and clinical experience, the agreement is the product of a five-day visit to Shanghai by Comer Children's faculty and leadership. With several opportunities for students and faculty to spend time visiting the hospitals in Chicago or Shanghai, collaborate on research projects, or share unusual cases via telemedicine, the partnership brings two world-class institutions closer together.
"These are two institutions that clearly are motivated by very similar goals: To provide outstanding care to patients, to develop new therapies, and to provide outstanding education," said David Gozal, Herbert T. Abelson Professor of Pediatrics. "That's what we both want to do."