Being Edinburgh: Vote for Zhong Nanshan
From Sonia Mullineux on February 28th, 2020
Respiratory expert and epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan was the first person to identify the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus during the 2003 outbreak.
As head of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, Nanshan and his team offered to admit all the critical SARS cases in Guangdong province into his Institute. He drew up the procedures for the proper management and prevention of SARS that were adopted by the Chinese Ministry of Health. This pioneering work earned him the national labour medal from the government.
Nanshan has also developed guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma, chronic cough, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties. A paper he co-authored on COPD was selected by readers of prestigious medical journal ‘The Lancet’ as their paper of the year in 2008. Between 2005 and 2010 Nanshan served as President of the Chinese Medical Association.
Still at the forefront of respiratory medicine, Nanshan is currently leading the Chinese National Health Commission's expert panel investigating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Edinburgh education: Visiting scholar, 1979 to 1981. Honorary MD, 2007.
Current position: Head of National Health Commission team investigating COVID-19