Dr. Ninan Qi, an up-and-coming pediatric surgeon established a dedicated Ponseti treatment facility in the Harbin Fifth Municipal Hospital in 2016 with support of the Principle of this public institute. Dr. Qi fell interest in Ponseti method when he was a fellow of Dr. Li Zhao, the advocator and pioneer practitioner of Ponseti method in China, back in 2013. He has invested in a lot of time in practice and ongoing study ever since. In Dec. 2015, with the sponsorship of CAOS-PIA Partnership project, Dr. Qi had a chance to visit Iowa University and join Dr. Jose Morcuende’s team. He witnessed excellent clinical result in the patients undergoing Ponseti treatment and obtained deeper and comprehensive understanding on technical details. An idea to duplicate the quality of Ponseti treatment in Iowa University had been gradually developed in his mind. He established the first dedicated Ponseti treatment facility in public system after getting back in China. Furthermore, he has formed an ad hoc team to ensure every step along Ponseti method well controlled for quality. His patients now include those suffered from clubfoot deformity throughout the North East of China, and extending to the patients from Beijing, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia.


A glance of the Ponseti treatment facility at Harbin Fifth Municipal Hospital


Dr. Jose Morcuende, on behalf of PIA, Dr. Feng Wang, the President of Harbin Fifth Municipal Hospital, Dr. Zhensheng Ma, Chairman of Chinese Society of Bone and Joint Developmental Disorder and Disability Prevention of CAOS, together unveiled for the first training center of Ponseti method in public system in China.

Scientific lectures on Ponseti method for clubfoot deformity were given by Prof. Jose Morcuende, Li Zhao, and Dr. Ninan Qi after the ceremony.

Dr. Li Zhao, the founder of Shanghai Ying Hua Medical Group of Bone and Joint healthcare in Children, the advocator and early adopter of Ponseti method in China, together with Dr. Zhensheng Ma, the director of task force team for clubfoot management using Ponseti method in China and the Chairman, Chinese Society of Bone and Joint Developmental Disorder and Disability Prevention affiliated to CAOS, along with Dr. Jose Morcuende, President and CEO of the Ponseti International Association, and many other healthcare practitioners and disability prevention officials, celebrated the unveiling of Ponseti Training Center located in Shanghai Haihua Hospital. This Ponseti treatment facility established by Dr. Zhao in Jan 2017 and was the first ad hoc clinic in private sector. China is under reform of healthcare system and encouraging well-trained physicians to practice across hospitals. The Government also welcome the development of private institutes as essential complements of public sector to better serve diversified needs. Dr. Zhao’s clinic is in Shanghai, the frontier of China’s openness and reform will undoubtfully shape a model for quality care so the Government may adopt and promote in other developing areas. Dr. Zhao has had his team formed for a long time since many year ago he started investing a lot of time to practice and promote the theory and technique of Ponseti method. Now he has already successfully treated more than 500 clubfoot patients throughout China with Ponseti method and being a diligent worker to establish Ponseti standard and service network across China.



Mr. Jiehu Wang, a father of a clubfoot patient recalled his journey of browsing care for his son and expressed his desire for accessibility to qualified Ponseti physicians on behalf of parents of clubfoot patients throughout the country.


Dr. Zhensheng Ma, Chairman of Chinese Society of Bone and Joint Developmental Disorder and Disability Prevention of CAOS, recalled the achievement in last decade as the advocator of Ponseti method in China and the mission and tasks in the future.


Dr. Li Zhao shared his happiness and pains along the journey and emphasized the importance of having all stakeholders involved for the best outcome possible for the clubfoot patients.

Dr. Morcuende and Dr. Zhengsheng Ma unveiled for the training center at Shanghai Ying Hua Medical Group of Bone and Joint healthcare in Children:

CAOS (Chinese Association of Orthopedic Surgeons) and PIA (Ponseti International Association) achieved consensus 2015 in Beijing to establish Ponseti Method for Congenital Clubfoot Promotion and Education Commission for “train the trainers” program to kick off in China. This Commission shoulders the mission of eliminating disabilities result from late intervention of clubfoot deformity by 2025 throughout China.

Dr. Jose Morcuende gave great appreciations to the two centers on behalf of PIA and expressed his best wishes to the prospective of CAOS-PIA program in China a very successful one under the leadership of Chairman Zhensheng Ma.