The Department of Geriatric Endocrinology of Jiangsu Province Hospital was founded in 1999. It is the third discipline based on the Department of Geriatrics. After decades of effort under the leadership of Prof. Yunlin Cheng and Prof. Guoxian Ding, discipline construction has flourished with high reputation.
The department currently employs 37 professionals, among which 22 are nurses, 11 are clinical doctors and 4 are doctors of ultrasonography. Among the doctors, 7 have senior professional titles, 8 have doctor’s degree and 3 have studied abroad. There are 2 wards, a total of 48 beds, and more than 1000 cases are admitted per year.
Dr. Guoxian Ding
Professor in Geriatric Endocrinology
Chief Doctor in Geriatric Endocrinology
Chinese Medical Association Geriatrics Branch Standing Committee
Gerontology Branch of The Chinese Medical Association Osteoporosis Group Leader
Chairman of Jiangsu Province Medical Association Geriatrics Branch
Chairman of Jiangsu Association of Integrative Medicine
Dr. Ding is working as chief director in department of Geriatric Endocrinology, chief associate director in department of Geriatrics, Jiangsu Province Hospital, Nanjing, China. He is the chairman of Jiangsu Province Medical Association Geriatrics Branch and Jiangsu Association of Integrative Medicine. He is also the leader of Gerontology Branch of the Chinese Medical Association Osteoporosis group. And he is member of editorial board of Chinese Geriatrics.
Dr. Ding obtained his PhD in Endocrinology from Nanjing Medical University in 1997, further studied as postdoctoral fellow in Medical University of South Carolina, USA from 2001 to 2002, as senior visiting scholar in University of Sydney, Australia in 2010.
Dr. Ding completed 4 National and Provincial Natural Science Foundations, and presided over three National Natural Science Foundation. He published more than 100 papers in national and international academic journals including the publications of important academic journal in Diabetes and Aging Cell.
Dr. Ding is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic syndrome (hyperglycemia, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, hyperuricemia, fatty liver), osteoporosis, various endocrine disorders and metabolic diseases.
Time Visits: Tuesday morning
There are two inpatient wards of the department. Characteristics of the department include:
(1) diagnosis and treatment of metabolic syndrome such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and fatty liver;
(2) diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases in older adults;
(3) evaluation of nutritional status in older adults and individualized nutritional supplements. Clinical nutrition implementation demonstration base was conferred to the department in 2017;
(4) diagnosis and treatment of Sarcopenia;
(5) the integrated diagnosis of osteoporosis. Division of Ultrasonic Diagnosis attach to the department focuses on vascular, thyroid and abdominal ultrasonic detection. Medical equipment includes double energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and human energy metabolizer (K4b2, Cosmed Company, Italy).
New technologies include evaluation of adipose-muscle-nutrition status via using DXA for fat-muscle distribution measurement, MRI for subcutaneous/visceral fat distribution measurement and human energy metabolizer for resting and exercise energy measurement. Another technical feature is bone mineral density and trabecular bone score (TBS) measurement for diagnosis of osteoporosis. In Division of Ultrasonic Diagnosis, classification of thyroid nodules by ultrasound and fine needle aspiration are carried out. Determination of muscle mass, structure and function by ultrasound is also a new technology. Numerous papers have been published in international renowned magazines and domestic core journals.
In basic research, we focus on three directions – metabolism, aging and nutrition. The senescence of organs and cells, and aging-related metabolic diseases are studied. Papers were published in famous SCI magazine such as Diabetes and Aging Cell, and several National Natural Science Foundations were awarded.
Diabetes in older adults
Thyroid diseases in older adults
Malnutrition in older adults
Since 2000, our department began to send out the excellent staff abroad. 4 persons had the experienced to learn abroad with the Scholar and participate the international meeting. Among these persons, one studied in Medical University of South Carolina, USA from 2001 to 2002 as postdoctoral fellow. One studied in University of Texas and the others studied in Johns Hopkins University from 2016 to 2017. Besides, our department had continued cooperation with international institution such as Bone Research Program of ANZAC Research Institute with University of Sydney.