Name: Xinguo Chen
Country of residence: China
Date of birth: 1964
Chen Xinguo is a chief physician of liver transplant and master-level graduate advisor. His titles include deputy director of the Transplantation Surgery of Liver Transplant Institute at Beijing Armed Police General Hospital (PLA General Hospital Third Research Center), standing committee member of the Organ Transplantation Professional Committee of Beijing Medical Association, committee member of the Organ Transplantation Expert Board of Beijing Physician Association, standing committee member of the Organ Transplantation Professional Committee of China’s Research-intensive Hospital Association, and committee member of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Professional Committee of China’s Research-Intensive Hospital Association.
Since February 2002, Chen Xinguo has engaged in clinical liver transplants under the instruction of Shen Zhongyang. In nearly 6 years, he participated in over 800 liver transplant surgeries, among which over 30 cases were living-donor transplants. He independently completed over 300 cases of organ harvesting, and over 300 cases of liver transplant surgeries. He also participated in a number of highly difficult surgeries, including China’s first domino liver transplant, a combined liver-kidney transplant, a third-time liver transplant, a mid-pregnancy liver transplant, the liver transplant for China’s most aged patient, and a living donor liver transplant without transfusion. [i] Since being engaged in liver transplant starting 2002, Chen Xinguo has also assisted more than 10 medical units either inside or outside Beijing in launching programs facilitating liver transplants. [ii]
According to a report by the Armed Police General Hospital on September 5, 2005, the Liver Transplant Center of the Armed Police General Hospital was founded in May 2003. Within two years of its foundation, the center had set multiple military or national records in statistics such as annual surgery number, surgical success rate, oldest/youngest patient receiving transplant surgery, etc. [iii]
Chen Xinguo’s working unit has performed a great number of transplantation surgeries. Multiple doctors admitted to having used organs from Falun Gong practitioners. Below are a few examples.
Investigation Recording 1
Speaker: Chen Xinguo, director of liver transplantation at the Beijing General Hospital of Armed Police
Date: October 19, 2018
Phone Number: +13701220662
Chen Xinguo: At the end of the month, it should be ready.
Investigator: We can’t use the ones that underwent tortures or hunger strikes. This [type of organs] is not the best. It’s better to have them in their normal state. Those who do the practice would be even better.
Chen Xinguo: Don’t worry, we have done a lot, I will check it and make sure for you, ah! Investigator: Especially the ones that practice Falun Gong, they would be the best.
Chen Xinguo: Okay! Okay!
Investigative Recording 2:
Speakers: Liver transplant ward nurse; unnamed doctor; a kidney transplant surgeon
A liver transplant ward nurse said in 2018 that liver transplant surgeries were performed on a daily basis. A doctor said that liver resources were relatively abundant at that time, and they were performing relatively larger number of transplant surgeries with waiting time around two weeks to one month.
A kidney transplant surgeon said in 2017 that there were two kidney transplant groups; each group was able to perform more than 200 surgeries annually and the two groups altogether were able to do more than 500 surgeries each year. The same person also said that more surgeries were performed that year (2017) than in the previous year (2016), and that there were multiple directors in the liver transplant sector, which performed even more surgeries than the kidney transplant sector.
Investigative Recording 3:
Speaker: A doctor of liver transplant at the Armed Police General Hospital
Date: March 20, 2018
Phone number: +86-1057976858
Doctor: There are a lot of liver sources right now so we do a lot [of operations.] Wait time is about 2 weeks, not more than a month though.
Investigative Recording 4:
Speaker: Unknown staff at the liver transplant doctor’s office at the Armed Police General Hospital
Date: June 14, 2016
Phone number: +86-1057976858
Staff: If things go smoothly, usually you’re out of there 20 days after the operation. We do this stuff every month, just our group, we’ve done I think 6 in the past month. We have like, 4 or 5 groups […and can take you] as long as you want to come
This staff member also said that if things go smoothly, “maybe you could receive surgery immediately,” but that “if things are a little slow you’ll probably have to wait a month.”
Speaker: Doctor Li Gong from Liver Transplant Sector of Armed Police General Hospital
Date: October 11, 2015
Li Gong: Right now, if we do a liver transplant, I can get you done in two weeks at the slowest. We’ve already done over 300 this year, last year we did a lot too. Now we have a lot of patients and a lot of sources.
in the worst case, liver transplant could be completed within two weeks; over 300 surgeries had been performed that year; a larger number of surgeries were performed last year; at that time there were so many patients; liver resources were very abundant, too.
Investigative Recording No.6
Wang Jianli (male, born in 1967) is a deputy chief physician of the Organ Transplant Institute at the Armed Police General Hospital. He is currently a liver transplant and kidney transplant group director of the Liver Transplant Institute at the Armed Police General Hospital. [iv]
Wang Jianli participated in over 400 liver transplant surgeries, among which over 40 cases were living-donor transplants, and over 300 kidney transplant surgeries. [v]
Date: November 2, 2018
Phone Number: 13911723417
Wang Jianli: I’m not sure [exactly] when that can be ready, but we have a lot of organs here! A surgery can be arranged within one or two weeks.
Investigator: Are the organs you are using now the healthy organs from Falun Gong practitioners, like “normal” donors, right?
Wang Jianli: Right, right, right.
[iii] Armed Police General Hospital Remote Website, “Rainbow Club of Liver Transplant Recipients Established in Armed Police General Hospital,” September 5, 2005. http://www.transplantation.org.cn/WuJingZongYiYuanKuaiXun/2005-09/217.htm
Archived by the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong:
[iv] Medical Literature Database of PLA General Hospital Third Medical Center (former Armed Police General Hospital)
[v] China Organ Transplantation Website, “Dr. Wang Jianli, kidney transplant expert, deputy chief physician,” February 5, 2011. http://www.transplantation.org.cn/ZWuJingZongYiYuanZhuanJiaTuanDui/2011-02/5322.htm