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Bin Cao

Professor of Respiratory Medicine

  • Professor, China-Japan Friendship Hospital
  • Vice President, China-Japan Friendship Hospital
  • Vice Director, Institute of Respiratory Medicine, China-Japan Friendship Hospital

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Cao is a leader of respiratory medicine, and a tireless researcher of evidence-based medicine for respiratory infections. Dr. Cao has founded the China Pneumonia Research Platform in China. He determined the incidence of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in China, with viral infection as high as 39.2%. His research promoted viral pneumonia to be written into the Chinese CAP guideline. He firstly revealed the clinical features of hospitalized COVID-19 cases, proposing a global pandemic warning, and found mortality risks for COVID-19. He studied the immune damage mechanism of severe influenza pneumonia, and pioneered the original concept of "viral sepsis" in severe viral pneumonia. He took the lead in standardizing low-dose corticosteroids therapy for severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients , leading to the innovation of clinical treatment of severe viral pneumonia. He led the world's first clinical trial for COVID-19, which proved the feasibility to conduct randomized controlled clinical trials in a pandemic. In an editorial, NEJM’s editor-in-chief comments Dr. Cao' work as an heroic effort. As a representative of China, he took part in the World Health Organization (WHO) R&D blueprints for COVID-19. Dr. Cao has lead the Long COVID study in China and characterized the common symptoms, quality of life, lung function and chest CT as well as the risk factors.