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

MEET DR. WANG

 

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

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 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.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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.

PERSONAL

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.”

Reviews

"I strongly recommend Wang Vision institute. I got LASIK surgery done to correct my astigmatism, and the experience has been excellent. From the moment I booked my first appointment to my follow up check ups, they provided great service."

C.J.

Google

"I had a wonderful experience at Wang Vision Institute! Scott was absolutely amazing and made me feel super comfortable. Cameron, my coordinator, walked me through everything and I was able to have LASIK the same day. Dr Jones did a great job and I have 20 20 vision now! His surgery technician, Gabby was also so sweet! I was definitely nervous but everyone at the office made this a wonderful amazing and I can’t recommend Wang Vision enough!"

J.J.

Google

"I had the best experience with Dr. Guduru. I felt very comfortable knowing that I was choosing the right type of surgery for my eyes. Dr. Guduru explained everything in detail so I could make a life changing decision. The surgery itself was painless and I wish I would've done it sooner. My coordinator Cameron was so helpful and keeping me on schedule and tasks with my pre and post op procedures. Overall, I would recommend Wang Vision to anyone looking to improve their quality of life with their vision."

L.V.

Google

"I had the best experience with Wang Vision Institute! The entire staff, particularly Cameron and Dr. Guduru, helped ease my nerves about my EVO ICL surgery. I am so happy that I decided on this surgery and that I went with Wang Vision Institute. I highly recommend this place for any of your vision needs."

F.T.

Google

"I had such a great experience at Wang Vision Institute! Everyone was so accommodating from Gabby prepping me for everything to Cameron explaining the ins and outs financially. And Dr. Guduru was incredible, I had vision the moment I sat up from the procedure!"

A.H.

Google

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