Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness

Zhongmin Liu

Dr. Zhongmin Liu, Chief Cardiac Surgeon, PhD mentor, Expert with the State Council Special Allowance, the Co Professor of University Paris Descartes, and the Medal Winner of the French Legion of Honor.

Dr. Zhongmin Liu has been devoted to disaster and emergency medicine, he was under the tutelage of one of the founders of Chinese Emergency Medicine, Dr. Yitang Wang, who was the first specialist in China to promote CPR. Dr. Liu is the first in China to implement an “integrated emergency medical model” and promoted nationwide, which has achieved good results.

In 2006, he founded the Trauma Research Institute of Tongji University and worked as one of the pioneers of modern emergency and disaster medicine in China. He led a medical relief team in Sichuan Earthquake in 2008. The lessons and experiences from the Sichuan Earthquake rescue raised the urgency of building a comprehensive disaster medicine
system in China. Through his efforts, the first Disaster Medicine Department in China was established in Tongji University in 2008. Chinese Society of Disaster Medicine was founded in 2011 under the efforts of Dr. Liu, which indicates the qualitative development of disaster medicine in China. The society organizes academic activities, provides training for the public and the professionals, makes specific guidelines to improve the practice, edits and publishes the disaster medicine textbooks for higher education, and advises the government in policy and decision-making.

During the 2010 China Shanghai World Expo, Dr. Liu set up the emergency medical rescue team, and it was soon upgraded to a representative of China’s health emergency medical rescue teams and became China’s important Disaster Emergency medical rescue force. In 2015, as the commander of the Chinese health emergency medical rescue team, Dr. Zhongmin Liu led the team to Russia to participate in the Sino-Russian joint drill on earthquake disaster health emergency. In 2016, the team became the first International Emergency Medical Team in the world certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and will be ready to accept the WHO’s disposal in the future, to participate in international medical relief missions.