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WeChatting What’s Best in Children’s Cancer Care

Johns Hopkins scientists cracked the genetic code for cancer and deciphered the genome of more cancer types than any other research team in the world—among numerous achievements in oncology. These discoveries helped revolutionized how we diagnose and treat pediatric cancers.

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center provides one of the nation’s Top 10 pediatric cancer programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. Young patients and their families come from around the world to receive comprehensive care for every form of cancer at our Children’s Center.

Recently, JHI welcomed a visitor with a different mission: Zhizhong Li, known as “Dr. Pineapple,” a biologist, bestselling author and an oncology guru on WeChat, China’s hybrid version of Facebook and Twitter.

A longtime research investigator at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Dr. Pineapple now serves as the secretary general of Shiyu Children Charity Foundation in Shanghai. The foundation specializes in fighting pediatric cancers, which affect an additional 40,000 children each year in China.

We invited him to tour the Children’s Center to better understand our holistic approach to pediatric cancer care and to help us better understand China’s successes and challenges in providing health care to 1.3 billion people.

You can read an English translation from Mandarin of Dr. Pineapple’s impressions of our technologically advanced—and family-friendly—pediatric center, and his interviews with four clinicians leading the way in diagnosing and treating some of our most vulnerable cancer patients. Readers have already viewed his original WeChat post more than 30,000 times.


Pamela Paulk

As president from 2015 to 2018, Pamela Paulk oversaw Johns Hopkins Medicine International’s enterprises, including developing sustainable international health collaborations with affiliates in nearly 20 countries and providing medical concierge services for thousands of international and out-of-state patients.

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