Chinese stereotactic and functional neurosurgery started in 1963. Dr. Jian-Ping Xu did stereotactic surgery for Parkinson’s disease with a small Cartesian coordinate stereotactic device which he designed. In 1983, the first Chinese Institute of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery was established by Dr. Jian-Ping Xu and Dr. Ye-Han Wang in the Anhui Provincial Hospital in the city of Hefei. Since then, the Institute has hosted an annual National Workshop on Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, where more than 80% of the functional neurosurgeons now practicing in China have been trained. In 1986, the Chinese Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery was established, and the first issue of the Chinese Journal of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery was published. With more than 35 years of development, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery has become a very important branch of surgery in China. More than 5,000 functional neurosurgery procedures and more than 8,000 stereotactic radiosurgery procedures are now performed annually.

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