MEET DR. WANG
Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude), PhD (laser physics), is a world-class cataract and LASIK eye surgeon, philanthropist, and community activist. He is the founding director of Wang Vision Institute and a Clinical Professor for Meharry Medical College, both in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Wang has performed over 55,000 procedures, including on over 4,000 doctors. He has published over 100 papers, including one in the world-renowned journal Nature, as well as 10 ophthalmic textbooks:
- Corneal Topography in the Wavefront Era
- Irregular Astigmatism - Diagnosis and Treatment
- Corneal Dystrophy and Degeneration - a Molecular Genetic Approach
- Keratoconus and Keratoectasia - Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
- LASIK Vision Correction
- Corneal Topography in the Wavefront Era - 2nd edition
- Atlas and Clinical Guide for Corneal Topography
- Refractive Lens Exchange - a Surgical Treatment for Presbyopia
- Surgical Treatment for Presbyopia - the 5th Wave
- Grow Your Eye Care Practice: High-Yield Pearls from the Marketing Experts
The Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, a 501c(3) non-profit charity founded by
Dr. Wang, has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries worldwide, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge.
As a co-founder of another 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Common Ground Network, Dr. Wang is dedicated to helping people find common ground and solutions to problems in order to achieve more success and happiness.
Dr. Wang has received numerous awards including the Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Chinese American Physicians, an honorary doctorate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, NPR’s Philanthropist of the Year Award, and Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year Award for his lifetime dedication to helping blind orphan children from around the world.
Dr. Wang’s patients include music stars such as Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Naomi Judd, Nicole Kidman, Amy Grant, and a “Dancing with the Stars” winner, Julianne Hough.
Dr. Wang is the founding president of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce, co-founder of the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group, and CEO of Aier-USA, the U.S. extension of Aier Eye Hospitals--the world’s largest eye hospital group with over 500 locations in 3 continents--which provides eye care to 3 billion people worldwide.
EDUCATION and TRAINING
After obtaining his PhD in laser physics, Dr. Wang was trained at the top three eye institutes in the U.S.:
- MD (magna cum laude), Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
- Residency, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
- Corneal and Refractive Surgery fellowship, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL.
Specialties and Expertise
Dr. Wang was one of the first eye surgeons in the United States to perform bladeless, all-laser LASIK and SMILE (small incision lenticular extraction). To this day, his LASIK and SMILE procedures have exceptionally high rates of success. His world-renowned reputation led to him being selected as a LASIK surgeon for ABC’s national hit-show, Extreme Makeover.
Dr. Wang performs 3D SMILE and 3D LASIK (age 18+), 3D Implantable Contact Lens (age 21+), 3D Forever Young Lens (age 45+), 3D laser cataract surgery (age 60+), laser floater removal, and INTACS® corneal implants. He also runs an active international referral clinic for post-LASIK and post-cataract surgery complications.
A former panel consultant of the U.S. FDA Ophthalmic Device Panel, Dr. Wang holds several U.S. patents for his inventions of new biotechnologies to restore sight, including:
- the world’s first amniotic membrane contact lens (AMCL).
- an adaptive infrared retinoscopic device for detecting ocular aberrations.
- a digital eye bank for virtual clinical trials.
Dr. Wang performed the world’s first femtosecond laser-assisted artificial cornea implantation (Alphacor) and the first INTACS® procedure in the U.S. using a new version for advanced keratoconus. He was a U.S. investigator in a FDA clinical trial for a procedure to treat age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia) as well as a clinical trial for cross-linking to treat keratoconus. He introduced the femtosecond laser to Tennessee and performed the state’s first bladeless all-laser LASIK, as well as the first such procedure in China.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wang has been a member of many professional organizations, including:
- Alumni Societies for both Harvard and MIT
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Alumni Society
- Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology
- Wills Eye Hospital Alumni Society
Dr. Wang has also served on a number of editorial boards, such as the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Journal of Refractive Surgery, and the Aier Refractive Surgery Journal.
Dr. Wang grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. During this time, millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face life sentences of poverty and hard labor. He had to play the Chinese violin (“erhu”) and learn to dance in order to try to escape a life in labor camps. He eventually made his way to America with only $50. Following, he graduated with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT.
Dr. Wang and his wife Anle live in Nashville, TN with their three cats: Spaghetti, Tennessee, and Liliy. Dr. Wang is a champion amateur ballroom dancer and was a finalist in the world pro-am international 10-dance championships. Playing his erhu, he accompanied country music legend Dolly Parton on her album, Those Were the Days.
Known also for his work in philanthropy, Dr. Wang organizes an annual classical ballroom dance charity event, the EyeBall, which has drawn attendees from all across the U.S. and around the world.
Dr. Wang’s autobiography, From Darkness to Sight, is an inspirational story of how one man turned fear, poverty, persecution, and prejudice into healing and love for others. It demonstrates how focus, determination, humility, and profound faith can inspire a life that, in turn, impacts the lives of countless others. The book has inspired an upcoming movie called “Sight.”
"I have just read Dr. Ming Wang’s book From Darkness To Sight - Journey From Hardship To Healing. I must say that I am impressed by what he did to restore the sight of the people he described in his book (including those who were almost completely blind) and also how his Christian faith contributed to the amazing results. I am also touched by his accounts of how he and his family suffered during the Cultural Revolution in China. May God continue to bless the hands of this amazing surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang!"
"Dr Wang’s practice is exceptionally well run. He has done tens of thousands of cataract procedures. When looking for my own cataract treatment, I immediately thought of Dr Wang. I’ve now had my cataracts removed and have had inserted new lenses - amazing. His waiting room is full of people who are delighted with his work, his manner, his caring approach. I give my highest recommendation for Dr Wang’s practice for cataract surgery. His team is high energy, super positive, lovely and smart. From start to finish the experience was exceptional. Very proud to say we have Dr Wang’s expertise resident in Nashville."
"He is a man of integrity. He has been blessed and shares his blessings with others. He is a true philanthropist and exudes a Christ-like attitude. How different his life might have been if he had not come to the U.S.A those many years ago. Read his story and be inspired."
"Dr. Ming Wang did an Amazing job on my ☺ 3D LASIK 👀 surgery!!! I can see better than 20/20 for the first time in 25 years."
"Dr. Ming Wang restored my eyesight on August 6th. I now have perfect vision and I am blessed to of met him. Thank you so much for all you do!"
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