Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University—Guangzhou, China

Department of Spine Surgery
33# Yingfeng Road
Haizhu District


Spine Center Director: Dongsheng Huang

Team member:
Chunhai Li
Yan Peng 
Anjing Liang 
Wei Ye

Center Description

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, also called the Second Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), was originally founded in 1835. With an exciting period of growth and expansion for about 180 years, the hospital has developed into a famous teaching hospital in China, famous for its medical service, education, research and health care. 

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital now owns 3 hospital campuses and 1 clinic: the Northern Campus (the Headquarter), the Southern Campus, the Zengcheng Campus and the clinic at the Southern Campus of SYSU. With more than 2,500 inpatient beds available, the hospital performs over 50,000 inpatient operations, discharges about 80,000 inpatients, and handles more than 3 million outpatient visits annually.

It has 9 nation-level key clinical specialties, 23 province-level key clinical specialties, 1 key higheducation laboratory of provincial level, 1 key medical laboratory for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan of Guangdong Province, and 2 key medical disciplines for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan of Guangdong Province.

Moreover, the hospital has increased its academic influence by publishing research articles at prestigious academic journals including cell and cancer cell. In 2012, it published over 200 papers at SCI journals, with a total impact factor of 350 odd.

Founded in 1951, Department of Orthopaedics belongs to the first batch of doctoral and master's degrees approved by the State Council. It includes 4 sub-specialties: spine, joints, sports and trauma. There are all together 230 beds open to patients in the department. In the whole specialty, there are 7 full professors and 10 associate professors.

The department is the national training base of resident and specialist physicians and the national drug clinical trial site. Various provincial scientific research institutions also established affiliation with the department. Currently the department implements more than 30 national and provincial research projects with more than 4.7 million US dollars in research funding. It also has over 10 papers published in SCI journals per year.

Department of Spine Surgery was founded in 2005 with 80 beds. There are 4 full professors and 6 associate professors in spine surgery. Treated cases included spine deformities, cervical and lumbar degenerative spinal disorders, spine trauma and tumor with conventional and minimally invasive techniques.

Most frequent pathologies

Spine deformity, degenerative cervical and lumbar spinal disorders, spine trauma, spine tumor

Most frequent surgical procedures

Number of cases
Number of cases per year: 
Number of instrumented cases per year: 

Approximately 5605 procedures performed per year

• Cervical deformity
• Cervical trauma
• Cervical tumor
• Chronic Pain 
• Degenerative cervical spine
• Degenerative lumbar spine
• Dysraphic conditions
• Rheumatoid cervical spine
• Special procedures
• Spinal cord Injury
• Thoracic & lumbar trauma
• Thoracic & lumbar tumor
• Thoracolumbar deformity


approx. 5 per month
approx. 4 per month
approx. 8 per month
approx. 5 per month
approx. 69 per month
approx. 124 per month
approx. 53 per month
approx. 6 per month
approx. 84 per month
approx. 1 per month
approx. 32 per month
approx. 46 per month
approx. 29 per month

Types of fellowships

  • National fellowship
  • Regional and international fellowship
  • Short-term fellowships (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • Long-term fellowships (6 to 12 months)
  • Fellow can scrub-in and assist scrubbed in
Average number of surgeries per week in the OR for the fellow: 4