Doctor of Social Sciences
Professor Huang Jiefu is a world-class surgeon and a distinguished administrator who has played an active role in China's medical profession.
He was born in Hunan Province in China in 1946. He graduated from Sun Yat-Sen Medical College in Guangzhou in 1969, and was conferred his MS degree in 1982. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Sydney University in Australia, with liver transplantation as his major area of study and research.
After returning to China, between 1987 and 2001, he served the Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences as Director of its Department of Hepatic Surgery, Director of its First Affiliated Hospital, and its President. From November 2001 to 2013, Professor Huang served as the Vice Minister in the Ministry of Health, in charge of international health exchange and cooperation as well as medical education and research.
Professor Huang successfully performed the first Chinese liver transplantation in 1994, and the first Asian combined liver-kidney transplantation in 1997. As the Chairman of the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, he has led the organ transplantation reform process. As President of China's Hospital Association and Dean of the Hospital Management Research Institute at Tsinghua University, he is involved in reforming China's public hospitals. He is highly respected as a prominent leader in China's healthcare reform, receiving an award in 2013 from the World Health Organization for outstanding achievements for tobacco control in China.
Professor Huang has been conferred an honorary degree by the Open University of Hong Kong, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a Standing Member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Deputy Director of its Subcommittee of Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sports.
In recognition of his contributions to medicine and society, the University has resolved to confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa.