Healing Hands Travel to Hangzhou

When Charles Lieder travels to China next week, he will be building a bridge of sorts. A fellow with IU Health’s orthopedic trauma team, Lieder, will combine his training as a doctor of osteopathic medicine with his motivation to learn new techniques not commonly practiced in the United States.

The 10-day trip is part of an inaugural visit to Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, and home to Zhejiang University School of Medicine.

“I think it’s important that the fellows get world view experiences of ortho traumatology,” said Dr. Anthony T. Sorkin, Program Director for Orthopedic Trauma Fellowships, IU Health Methodist Hospital, and System Director for the Orthopedic Service Line, IU Health.  It was when he was working with other medical professionals providing relief efforts after the Haitian earthquake of 2010 that Sorkin became acutely aware of the importance of such cultural exchanges in the medical field.

“This is an opportunity to collaborate on advanced education and research,” said Sorkin, who toured Hangzhou medical facilities last year, including a hospital affiliated with Zhejiang University School of Medicine. “It’s a very busy trauma hospital so I started an inquiry with them about IU Health getting more involved.” Sorkin will return to Hangzhou next week for a short stay to commemorate the collaboration between the two hospitals.

Lieder will join the orthopedic trauma team working directly with pediatric trauma patients, said Sorkin. “He will scrub in with ortho surgeons and follow patients on the floor and observe variations in technique,” said Sorkin.

“This trip to China is very important to me for many following reasons,” said Lieder. “I hope to expand my thinking and open my mind to other treatments for orthopaedic injuries. I also would like to gain some knowledge regarding the health system in China compared to that of the United States.” He plans to share his experiences with colleagues when he returns to Indiana later this month. 

-- By T.J. Banes


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