The Benevolent Loves Others In Memory of “The Best Doctor” Nan Zhou




Nan Zhou, a former employee of Tibet Autonomous Region People's Hospital, passed away at Cangxi County, Sichuan Province, on August 2, 2019, aged 37.

Nan Zhou, female, Han ethnicity, was born in December 1982 and is from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. She began to work in September 2009.

Zhou was an attending doctor and Deputy Director of the Hematology and Rheumatology Department of Tibet Autonomous Region People's Hospital. She, when was still an excellent undergraduate, aspired to relieve patients of their diseases and volunteered to work at the hospital in spite of the difficult conditions on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. During her work at the hospital, she took a committed political stand and willingly upheld ethnic unity. She cherished posts and devoted wholeheartedly to work, studied diligently, and had relatively high professional and technical level. She treated patients as their relatives and were praised by their patients and colleagues. She obeyed the arrangements for working at a high-altitude village to relieve local farmers and herdsmen of their diseases, gaining full recognition of local Party committees, governments and people and winning the title of “The Best Doctor”.

The Party Committee and colleagues of the hospital hereby express deep sorrow and profound condolences to Nan Zhou and convey sincere sympathies to her family. 

Nan Zhou will live in our hearts forever!


Tibet Autonomous Region People's Hospital       

August 5, 2019        



Today, PUMC's teachers and students, the medical community and the general public forwarded the sad news of the death of Nan Zhou and expressed their deepest sorrow for her.






On August 2, Nan Zhou, who was an excellent student of PUMC and a doctor of Tibet Autonomous Region People's Hospital, passed away unexpectedly, leaving us endless grief.

Zhou's life was short but extraordinary.

Zhou is a true “quick learner” and medical lover. In 2001, she got a full score at the math test in the college entrance examination, chose to study medicine when filling out college application and became a medical student of PUMC.

Indulged in the environment of PUMC with profound medical traditions and guided and influenced by a large number of famous experts including Longyun Li, her supervisor, Zhou made excellent academic results and stayed firmer in her ideal of becoming a doctor after graduation. The eight years' study at PUMC fostered her personality and characters of being sincere, humble, philanthropic, and aspiring.

During her summer vacation in 2007, she traveled to Tibet for the first time and helped save the life a dying old person who had pneumonia. The old person asked her “are you willing to work in Tibet after your graduation?”, she promised to work in Tibet so as to improve the local medical conditions, make better use of what she had learned and save the lives of more patients. After her graduation, she gave up the opportunity for working at PUMCH, went to Tibet to work there as a doctor for 10 years in spite of the poor conditions.

Soon after her arrival at Tibet, she suffered from difficulties in speaking and breathing, hypomnesis and insomnia due to altitude stress and had to face such problems as non-standardized disease treatment in the work environment, poor atmosphere for learning and lack of opportunities for continued education of young doctors, etc. For this, she actively consulted literatures, communicated with her teachers who work at other places than Tibet, and trained her clinical thinking through self-study.




Considering that fact that there is no rheumatology and immunology department in the Tibetan region in spite of lots of patients with rheumatic immunity, Zhou overcame the difficulties in lack of funds, equipment and manpower and established a hematology and rheumatology department at Tibet Autonomous Region People's Hospital in 2011 and acted as deputy director of the department, leading a group of young people to protect local people from rheumatic diseases. As of 2018, Zhou and his team had diagnosed and treated a total of 60,000 persons, filling the blank of treatment of rheumatic immunity disease in Tibet. 

Zhou had practiced medicine at villages in the border areas between China and Nepal for one year and undertaken the task of teaching medicine at the Medical College of Tibet University, giving lectures with 20 class hours each year. She established the Specialized Committee for Rheumatology under the Medical Association of Tibet Autonomous Region, made unremitting efforts for applying pateletpheresis and platelet collection technologies and changing the concept and habits of medical treatment of patients in Tibetan areas, and was committed to bringing advanced medical technologies and diagnostic & treatment concepts to Tibetan areas and benefit local people to the greatest extent.

Zhou had devoted her youth and enthusiasm to the snow-covered plateau, without reservation, touching the general public. She won the title of “The Best Doctor” in 2017 and was rated as “Good Chinese Doctor” by the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Advancing Cultural and Ethical Progress and the National Health Commission.


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Nan Zhou won the honorary title of “The Best Doctor” in 2017


“There is no way back for patents if you cannot treat their diseases.” Working at Tibet Autonomous Region People's Hospital for many years, Zhou knows well that Tibet Autonomous Region People's Hospital is the best hospital in Tibet and the last hope for many patients in the Tibetan areas. It is also the strongest backup force for Zhou to overcome difficulties, solve problems and protect the health of the local people.




Nan Zhou delivers a speech as an outstanding alumni representative at the graduation ceremony of PUMC for 2018


At the graduation ceremony of PUMC for 2018, Nan Zhou, as an outstanding alumni representative of PUMC, shared her three working habits with the students of PUMC:

1. Self-discipline. “The most valuable resource of each of us is time, therefore, we must not waste time, rather, we should spend time on more important things, such as thinking, learning, sports, and love, which may make your life more real, meaningful, and sustainable.”

2. Humbleness. “We should stay more focused and make greater efforts to do things better, take a humble attitude, take concrete actions to inherit and carry forward the spirit of PUMC, win respects from others, and win glory and add luster for PUMC.”

3. Courage. “You may encounter interferences, make mistakes or take lots of detours when you move forward, but they do not matter. As long as you persevere, you will get closer to your goal and will surely achieve you goal one day in the future.”

At last, she hoped that PUMC students to be kind and consider that what we aim to achieve is to help more people. She hoped that PUMC student can listen to their inner voice and pursue their dreams bravely. As long as everyone does his/her best, the world is bound to become better.

Zhou honors her words. She often compared herself to a match with a poor light, which can light up the surrounding environment in spite of its small size. Similarly, we can influence others as we grow up.

We cherish the memory of Zhou precisely because that she is pure and sincere as an outstanding young medical worker, is selfish, kind, benevolent, persevering and tenacious, and more importantly, lives up to the trust and mission bestowed on her by the times.

In her brief and ordinary life, Zhou interpreted the essence of the Hippocratic Oath as a benevolent doctor and inherited the noble qualities of early-generation PUMC doctors such as Qiaozhi Lin, Zhiqian Chen and Fangzhou Gu and embodied the glory of human nature in the increasingly impetuous society, we believe that the stories of Zhou will inspire more young medical workers.



Text/News Center

Photo/Lin Tong, Yugang Liu