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Dr. Ming-Lung Yu received delegation as National Sun Yat-sen University’s first Dean of the newly built College of Medicine

National Sun Yat-sen University was officially admitted by Ministry of Education to establish the College of Medicine on July 18th 2022. The first dean of the college is Dr. Ming-Lung Yu, the Jointly Appointed Professor of Institute of Biomedical Sciences, NSYSU, Chair Professor of Kaohsiung Medical University’s School of Medicine, and Director of The Center for Hepatitis. Dr. Yu has devoted himself into medical fields for more than 30 years. As an experienced professional, he is going to contribute his expertise as NSYSU’s Senior Vice President in order to raise more caring doctors for the school.

Dr. Yu grew up in Kaohsiung, and received the doctoral degree from Graduate Institute of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU). He was formerly appointed as the Vice Superintendent of Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, KMU, Superintendent of Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital and Senior Vice President of KMU. With academic and practical expertise in Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Gastroenterology, Molecule Biology and Translational Medicine, Prof Yu obtained many awards including Ministry of Science and Technology Academic Research Award 2012 and the 29th Min-Ning WANG Award etc.

As an iconic professional in Gastroenterology, Dr. Yu had developed the original methodology to practice Hepatitis C precision treatment, participated in the process of editing hepatitis C guidelines for the Asia-Pacific region, and was the editor in chief of Taiwan Hepatitis C Policy Guideline 2020. In 2021, Dr. Yu was awarded with World’s Top 2% Scientists 2020 for his career long (1960-2020) and single year impact.

“There were many obstacles for us to provide medical services. Though, I have been a huge fan of humane atmosphere of the remote areas since I was a medical school student. ” Says Dr. Yu. He had paid many visits to remote towns since 1994, by squeezing time into his own busy schedule. He also visits Penghu, Namasia and Ngani every month for his long-standing core value: to create a health system with equality by improving facilities in remote areas.

One of the substantial missions of Post-Baccalaureate Medicine School, NSYSU is to bridge the gap of health system resources between metropolitan and remote areas. “Thus, supported by national policies, it’s like a great expansion of my own mission to raise state financed students of Post-Baccalaureate Medicine School in NSYSU.” Says Dr. Yu.

Dr. Yu had been appointed as visiting faculty of Harvard Medical School, and observed that Harvard Medical School has been affiliating with seven teaching hospitals, instead of running its own hospital. It has allowed students to obtain more resources from varied faculties and clinical experiences. He emphasized that NSYSU College of Medicine could evidently differentiate itself from other medical schools in Taiwan by affiliations with different teaching hospitals.

Learning from Harvard Medical School success, NSYSU College of Medicine is going to cooperate with three teaching hospitals including Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chi Mei Medical Center, and launch affiliating medical systems with hospital in remote areas including Cishan Hospital, Penghu Hospital etc. With the synergetic cooperation, NSYSU College of Medicine will set a brand new benchmark for medical fields in Taiwan.

“Students of NSYSU’s Post-Baccalaureate Medicine School should be caring, erudite, questioning, contemplative, discerning and prudent.” Says Dr. Yu. In addition to being trained with medical techniques, students need to be knowledgeable about social responsibilities, telemedicines and integrated clinical management. In the future, they are expected to carry out the mission to integrate resources from teaching hospitals and NSYSU in order to strengthen healthcare system in remote areas.

Moreover, Dr. Yu expects that precision medical care could be implemented in communities, allowing professionals to develop differentiated strategies by demographics and diseases. NSYSU will keep moving forward on the way to establish a community precision healthcare system with equal access, to build a healthier society and to achieve goals of United Nations SDGs in Taiwan.
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