The Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Zhongshan Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, was established in 2007. It is the first surgical department specifically practicing in gastrointestinal disease in Fujian Province, which comprises clinical practice, medical students education and basic research. The department is characterized by mini-invasive surgical treatment of gastrointestinal tumors. In 2008, it got the precedence by utilizing laproscope based surgery among Fujian Province. In 2015, it also took the lead by adopting LA-NOSE(laparoscopic-assisted natural orifice specimen extraction) technique to treat colon cancer. On average, there are around 400 operations of gastrointestinal tumors per year and 90% of them are treated by laproscope based surgery. Patients suffered from the following disease could be admitted by the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, including benign and malignant gastrointestinal disease(gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, anal canal cancer, gastrointestinal interstitialoma tumors, digestive ulcer disease, polyposis of gastrointestine), benign anal canal disease(hemorrhoid, anal fissure, peri-anal abscess, anal fistula, chronic constipation, prolapse of rectum), inflammatory bowel disease(Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, intestinal tuberculosis) and tumor of abdomen or pelvis.
There are 2 wards as well as 90 ward beds in the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Totally 65 stuffs are registered in the ward. 25 stuffs have a master or doctorate degree and 2 of them were trained abroad. Affiliated Institute of Gastrointestinal Oncology serves as the research center for the department. Research scientists focus on the early diagnosis, chemo-resistance reformation, mechanism of recurrence and metastasis of gastrointestinal cancer. Totally, they obtain more than 40 grants from national, provincial or municipal foundations, and get 10 invention patents. Excellent papers from the department were published in top international journals, such as Gut, Hepatology, Nucleic Acids Research etc... Notably, the achievements in research bring about 6 provincial or municipal prizes. For the past few years, 22 M.D. Students, 1 Ph.D. Student and 2 post-doc were turned out from the department.