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This summer, Yuan Yuan (Jackie) Gong, a Chinese native who spend most of her childhood around Baltimore—became the first UW–Madison medical student to work in PLA’s Department of Surgery, according to Bruce A Harms, MD, MBA, Professor and Chief of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Wisconsin.

The research Jackie will focus on at PLA is a continuation of a project started in the United States by Dr. Tao Li, a PLA surgeon who spent last year in Madison as a surgical fellow in the UW Department of Surgery, working with Harms and Jackie’s research mentor, Gregory D Kennedy, MD, PhD.

“Jackie’s story shows how one person can bridge barriers between countries and institutions and perhaps create opportunities for those who follow,” Harms says

Click here to read more about this exciting collaboration and how Jackie found her way back to the hospital where she was born. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System