Dr. Chuanyao (Chuck) Tong, graduated from Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, China in
1983. After graduation, he received resident training in general surgery, anesthesia, cardiothoracic surgery, and critical medicine at Shanghai First People’s Hospital, the First Teaching Hospital of Shanghai Medical University (1983-1989). In 1985, he was the Co-PI of the first Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) grant “The Epidural Anesthesia on Systemic and Splanchnic Circulation in Dogs”, and the Co-PI for the Sixth 5-year Chinese
National Planning Foundation grant “Clinical Management of Acupuncture Anesthesia for Thyroid Surgery”, and PI of Shanghai Science-Technology Foundation grant for the Junior “The Drug Solution Spreading and Distribution in the Epidural Space”.
In 1989, Dr. Tong did his postdoctoral training at the Department of Anesthesiology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, and was promoted to research faculty in 1991. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Tong was Co-PI in several NIH funded grants, mainly focused on Spinal Cord Mediated Pain Modulation and Preclinical Pharmacology.
In 1996, Dr. Tong started his American anesthesia resident training in the Department of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. After graduation, his department recruited him; his clinical interest was in the neurosurgical anesthesia. He joined the Pain Mechanisms Lab at Wake Forest University lead by Dr. James Eisenach. Dr. Tong’s main interest was visceral pain, specifically the “Neurophysiology of the Pain Originated from the Cervix”, he developed an animal model for labor pain in rats. This work received several grants (training grant from Pfizer and FEAR) and ROI from NIH.
In 2008, Dr. Tong shifted his focus into clinical anesthesia, robotic surgery for urogynecology, trauma medicine, intraoperative ventilation induced lung injury, a new concept on intraoperative fluid management, and perioperative risks of stroke. He has been voted “The Best Doctor of America” since 2006.
Over the years, Dr. Tong has been actively involved in global health activities at Wake Forest University and in American Chinese Anesthesiologists community. He has a long lasting relationship with Chinese anesthesia societies. He has received many people from China for training in basic science or clinical medicine, respectively. Now as the president of ICAA (International Chinese Academy of Anesthesiology), he will do more to promote ICAA’s mission: Education, Research, and Clinical Service.