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Ming Wang, M.D., Ph.D. – Eye Surgeon Nashville, TN



The film “Sight” is based on Dr. Wang’s autobiography “From Darkness to Sight” and co-stars Greg Kinnear.

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.

As an eye surgeon 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

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, and “Dancing with the Stars” pro, Julianne Hough.

Dr. Wang is the founding president of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and co-founder of the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group.

2022 Best Ophthalmologist


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 ZEISS SMILE (small incision lenticular extraction). To this day, his LASIK and ZEISS 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 ZEISS SMILE and LASIK (age 18+), Implantable Contact Lens (age 21+), Forever Young Lens (age 45+), laser cataract surgery (age 60+), laser floater removal, INTACS® corneal implants and corneal cross-linking. 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, and the Journal of Refractive Surgery.


Dr. Ming Wang grew up in China in the 1960’s. He played the Chinese violin (erhu) and learned to dance in order to escape a life in labor camps as many innocent children were being deported to a life of poverty during these times. He eventually made his way to America with only $50.00. He then 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 Lily.  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.”


"One cannot experience a more satisfying Medical Practice than Wang Vision. Everyone is happy to work there. That starts at the top, and they truly are the best. Dr. Guduru was my surgeon and my eyesight is amazing. I have been glued to glasses for such a long time and I feel free. Trust them all, what a wonderful group of people."



"My experience over many years with Wang Vision Institute has been consistently fantastic. While I had Lasik many years ago, when my vision began bothering me several years ago, I first visited Wang, thinking I could get a 'touch up.' To their credit they gave me the most comprehensive exam ever and diagnosed severe dry eye as the culprit, and advised against further surgery at that time. I visited again every couple of years and always received great treatment, with a thorough exam...and continued reccos to hold off on surgery. I think this reflects their integrity and the fact they are not in any way looking to just churn patients for $$. This year I returned and explored the forever young lens, as needing glasses for reading and call it arm-length vision was making me crazy. I had the surgery about 2 weeks ago and am so happy I did - the entire experience was seamless, everyone was great, and the results are exactly as hoped and as explained. Starting with Suzanne Gentry, who remembered me from previous visits and aided in getting the initial appointment, to Scott Haugen, the technician (who also remembered me - impressive they have staff with such tenure!), Cameron Daniels the surgery coordinator, who had to help with a few re-schedules, and of course my surgeon, Dr. Guduru, everyone was honest, helpful, kind and professional. Amanda West was my most recent technician, and also great. The staff at the surgery center was also top-notch.The procedure itself was less than an hour; you get to take the rest of the day to rest and the next day you probably will stay off of most devices, but you can already see better. I would highly recco Wang Vision, and the forever young procedure!"



"I recently underwent SMILE surgery, and I couldn't be happier with the results and the overall experience. From the moment I walked in, I felt at ease and confident in the expertise of the staff. Overall, I highly recommend Wang Vision Institute to anyone considering Lasik surgery. The entire team, including Dr. Jones, Cameron, and Gabby, went above and beyond to provide exceptional care and support. Thanks to their expertise and dedication, I now have clear vision without the need for glasses or contacts!"



"I got the SMILE procedure & I am very pleased with how well it turned out. They have restored my vision to 20/20. Also the staff is incredibly kind, understanding & knowledgeable in what they are doing! I highly recommend going to Wang Vision for all your eye health needs. They are the best in Nashville, TN!"



"I was terrified of LASIK. After months of research, I scheduled a consultation and decided to proceed with SMILE. I couldn't be happier with the results. The procedure only lasted about 10 minutes and it was totally painless, I now have 20/20 vision! Thank you to Dr. Wang, Cameron and Karen!"



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