Dong (Roman) Xu was the head of the China Office of the China Medical Board when he joined the PhD program in Global Health (implementation science) at UW. His dissertation was a randomized controlled trial of using mobile text messaging to improve the care of people with schizophrenia in rural China. His research has focused on service innovations and quality in primary health care. Roman has been leading the work of developing Sun Yat-sen Global Health Institute of the Sun Yat-sen University in China. In addition, he is leading a large research in assessing quality of primary health care in 7 Chinese provinces, using unannounced standardized patients. He is also working with colleagues in Nepal for a randomized controlled trial on a nurse-led continuum of care model for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. You can find more information on Roman’s work from his Research Gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dong_Xu58
The University of Washington's PHD program was the bridge to connect his professional work to his academic career. Before his PHD study, he had worked closely with the Chinese government, the leading universities and the health systems in capacity building, service strengthening and institutional development in the area of health policy and systems. The UW experiences were instrumental in transforming his professional understanding of the health systems into academic explorations. He particularly enjoyed the high-quality quantitative and methodological courses at UW that he found difficult to pursue without a supportive academic environment. The strengthened relationship with the leadership, faculty members and students at UW is also critical in his effort to develop global health back in China.
What is next for Roman? He will continue to devote much of his time to expedite the development of Sun Yat-sen Global Health Institute. His goal is to develop this institute into the very top research and education center in global health in China.