One mission of the Rongxiang Xu, MD, Center for Regenerative Therapeutics
is to train physicians worldwide in the management of severe health
problems, such as acute and chronic wounds, diabetes-related lower
extremity problems, and burns, and to collaborate with scientists in the
development of innovative new treatments for these conditions.
The Xu Center encourages collaborations with other nonprofit organizations
worldwide that share our mission. These collaborations will include the
development of courses that will train physicians and scientists from
around the world, with a particular emphasis in developing counties.
In addition, the Xu Center will participate in and support local
educational activities, including meetings that focus on regenerative
medicine and wound healing. Our next meeting will be held in October 2018 (see information below).
Advancing Regenerative Medicine
The Department of Surgery has held several celebrations to honor Kevin Xu, Founder of the National Rongxiang Xu Foundation, and his mother Li Li, MD, Chair of the foundation. A generous gift from the foundation established the Rongxiang Xu, MD, Professorship of Surgery in the Field of Regenerative Therapeutics at Harvard Medical School, and the Rongxiang Xu, MD, Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at BIDMC.
Rongxiang Xu, MD (1958 – 2015) was born and raised in the Shandong Province of China. As a medical student, he witnessed the suffering of children, young adults, and the elderly, injured by severe burns; in overcrowded homes or at industrial sites; overwhelmingly by those who were poor. As a surgeon, Dr. Xu cared for patients suffering from burns, which led to innovative work in the design of novel topical therapies for wound care and a broad interest in regenerative medicine.
Rongxiang Xu, MD, Center for Regenerative Therapeutics advances research to identify novel ways to repair, replace, and regenerate damaged tissue—by
harnessing the body’s own ability to heal itself or by deploying new
News and Events
Scientific Advisory Board Visits China
Advisory Board Members of the Rongxiang Xu MD Center for Regenerative Therapeutics attended the first symposium of the International Society of Regenerative Medicine and Wound Repair, hosted by The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). Attendees included Aristidis Veves, MD, DSc; David Mooney, PhD; Raul Guzman, MD; and Dr. John Giurini, DPM.
Dr. John M. Giurini, DPM, Chief of Podiatry, lecturing at the meeting.
Raul Guzman, MD, Division of Vascular Surgery
Aristidis Veves, MD, DSc, Rongxiang Xu, MD, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and Director of The Rongxiang Xu, MD, Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at BIDMC
David Mooney, PhD, Professor, Harvard University and Wyss Institute
Symposium organizers and speakers gather at the Opening Ceremony of the International Society of Regenerative Medicine and Wound Repair, hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
Transatlantic Diabetic Lower Extremity and Chronic Wound Symposium, Santorini, Greece, October 17 - 20
In collaboration with the International Society of Regenerative Medicine and Wound Repair, the Transatlantic Diabetic Lower Extremity and Chronic Wound Symposium was held at Santorini, Greece, October 17 - 20. The meeting was attended by researchers worldwide, including a large group from China who presented their work regarding the management of chronic wounds. David Mooney, Phd, delivered The Rongxiang Xu keynote lecture. Lili Xu, MD, was also in attendance.
Speakers during a meeting session
Presentation at the TDLE symposium
Aristidis Veves, MD, DSc, Rongxiang Xu, MD, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Director of The Rongxiang Xu, MD, Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at BIDMC with LiLi Xu, MD, and Eric Wang and Vicki Christodolou from the National Xu Foundation
Dr. Xu with Drs. Veves, Wang and other event participants