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[Interview with Professor Li Kuncheng] Going global, let the world hear the voice of China!
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[Interview with Professor Li Kuncheng]    

Going global, let the world hear the voice of China!

2015-09-22 Yun-doctor

As a vice chairman of Chinese Society of Radiology (CSR), Professor Li Kuncheng is in charge of foreign exchange work of the Institute. Just at the 22nd National Conference of radiology (CCR), Professor Xu Ke, chairman of the Committee, propose to establish ‘BRICS’ academic exchange organization. So, we have an interview with Professor Li Kuncheng, focusing on the foreign exchange work of the Chinese Institute in the future years.


Reporter of Yun-doctor: Hello! professor Li. You are a vice chairman of Chinese Society of Radiology, and in charge of foreign exchange work. Could you introduce to our readers about your ideas and plans of the future work?

Professor Li Kuncheng: I am in charge of foreign work of CSR at present. We have many things to do, because the foreign affairs are heavy and complex.

Firstly, we would continue to strengthen international exchanges and cooperation in my term of office. For example, we would strengthen international exchanges and cooperation with neighboring countries as South Korea, Japan, India, and with traditional academic organizations as Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Secondly, Chairman Xu ke propose to establish "BRICS" (China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa) radiology international exchange organization. The purpose is to strengthen the academic exchanges between us and the international academic organizations. On the other hand, it also has important political significance. As emerging economic entity, ‘BRICS’ is the second square of the international economy. The development of their academic field is also very rapid. In the historical process, these countries will share some common experience to learn from each other and promote our mutual progress. As the sponsors of this international academic organization, we hope to build up a new international exchange platform, which is different from radiological organizations of the western countries.

To date, the first step of communication dialogue has been completed. And the initial written proposal has been propogated. The academic linkage between Russia, India and China is going on well. Now, the most important thing is the communication with Brazil and South Africa. We have invited Chairman of Brazilian Society of Radiology in the 22nd National Conference of Radiology and initially communicated about the establishment of ‘BRICS’ organization. However, there is no direct communication with South Africa, which we are currently trying to contact with. At the end of this November, we would like to hold a meeting with chairmans or representatives of the other countries during RSNA meeting and will exchange the ideas of constructing radiology organizations of  ‘BRICS’. Otherwise, a lot of work about the rules and regulations, structures, operation principles and guidelines need to be done.

Thirdly, another important work of CSR is to conquer language barrier for expanding international communications. CSR is not very popular around the world due to the shortcut of language. For the ‘BRICS’ organization, English should be utilized as working language instead of Chinese, Portuguese and Russian language.

There exists a big gap in the application of English for international academic exchanges between South Korea and China. Last week I took a group to attend the annual radiology meeting in South Korea. The direct exchange were used with English in 75% of meeting parts, except for the continuing education and clinical case analysis part in Korean language. Also, the exchange of language is  English in the theme activities of ‘China Day’. South Korea invited specialists from more than 40 countries during Korean annual radiology meeting, however, our international communications are not good. There are historical reasons for this situation, that is, the period of Reform and Opening is not long, and international academic communications is also not enough.

However, almost all of South Korean doctors have the experience of studying in America and its academic system is also consistent with the United States. So, it is easier for them to carry out international exchanges. Secondly, we have a gap in understanding of names of disease. For example, we are not very familiar with some diseases named using Eponyms. Thirdly, Chinese people are not accustomed to the discussion, often leaving after a presentation with no response in the meeting. Chinese speakers is called as ‘silent audience’ by the foreign counterparts.

In accordance with international practice, there is an interactive discussion after each speaker’s presentation. This is also one of our gap comparing to the foreign counterparts from other countries.

 Of course, there are other issues for international academic exchanges in English. For example, the older clinicians are good at clinical and research but poor at English proficiency. However some young doctors are on the contrary,their abilities of clinical and research level are lower which hindering international exchanges to a great extent.

  It is worth mentioning that in the past  22nd CCR ‘Sino-German academic exchange and neurology group joint conference’ forum (the forum has been continuously held for five sessions and the current theme of neuroimaging), as one of the Forum Chairmen, I have noticed that the audience reached more than 200 people. Chinese physicians in the meeting asked questions and participated in discussions actively. Not only the questions were asked in high level, but also the discussions were elaborate and reasonable. This was a good beginning which strengthen my confidence of engaging in international academic exchanges.

  Fourthly, the current CSR also have set up ‘International instructors’ composed of high-level experts representing Chinese radiology level in order to carry out the international exchange activities on behalf of the society and to let the world hear the voice of Chinese doctors better. Now, a large number of high-quality English papers written by Chinese doctors has been published on the international high-impact-factor journals each year, which has formed a certain influence in the world. However, Chinese scholars have not formed a corresponding influence on the international conferences. We should not be satisfied at a simple academic spoken at the RSNA meeting. I hope that more and more Chinese experts and scholars could carry out lectures abroad to let foreign fellows recognize our true academic level.

  Currently we have selected more than forty experts to make up ‘international instructors’. They have high titles and have continuously published English paper and been famous specialists in the particular area. And then we will continue to select a group of younger experts with senior title and high level in English who make up reserving instructors. By this initiative, I believe that it will promote the internationalization development of Chinese radiology. At the same time,international exchanges will improve the clinical and research level of our country.

We have reason to believe that these above work can be carried out smoothly and reach the preset goal.


Reporter of Yun-doctor: 云医生记者目前,很多医师通过微信、APP等网络工具交流、讨论病例,您对此有何看法?李坤成教授微信是个好平台,既能看图像又能输入文字,但其中有一些关键因素的限制,比如,如图像清晰度、分辨率和动态表现不足等。但它确实是方便、快捷的交流工具。 At present, a lot of doctors discuss the case and exchange their ideas through WeChat, APP and other network tools. What do you think about?  

Professor Li Kuncheng:  WeChat offers a good platform for us to read medical images and write words on it. However there are some key unfavorable factors, such as image clarity, resolution and dynamic performance problems. But it is really convenient and quick communication tool.

In the long run, these communications are meaningful. Now, many primary hospitals have good hardware construction and the better medical equipments, but the problem of software construction highlights. For example, some technicians do not know how to use new medical equipments, and doctors can not make a right diagnosis for solving the clinical problems. So the professional training for primary medical staff naturally is put on the agenda, relying more on remote medicine.

Professor Li Kuncheng's academic positions are as follows:  Dean of Department of Medical Imaging, Capital Medical University; Dean of Department of Medical Imaging and Radiology, Xuanwu Hospital; Director of Beijing Medical Imaging Quality Control and Continuous Improvement Center; Vice Chairman of CSR; Chief editor of Chinese Medical Imaging Technology journal; Beijing Municipal Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.


Professor Li Kuncheng has academic achievements in neuroimaging and cardiovascular imaging, mainly in comparative imaging, digital medical imaging (including PACS and CAD, etc.) and quality control. More than 700 academic papers have been published in Chinese Journal of Radiology, Chinese Medical Imaging Technology, and other domestic statistical journals. Professor Li is the chief editor of the 15 monographs and editor of 41 monographs. More than 170 SCI papers in English have been published, with the single highest impact factor of 15.343, the cumulative effect factor of 520, the highest single article cited frequency of more than 300 times, and total cited frequency more than 3000 times. Twelve provincial and ministerial awards have been achieved. Forty-eight post-graduates in Master’s degree, 30 post-graduates in Doctor’s degree, and 11 post-graduates in Post-doctor’s degree were trained by Professor Li Kuncheng.