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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 had the best experience at Wang Vision Institute. They were able to accommodate my schedule and get me seen within a day and even do the SMILE surgery same day if I wanted. Cameron was very efficient at making sure everything was clear and easy going as far as administrative tasks, along with Karen who was very patient with me trying to find the best times to come in and be seen. Very professional and respectful. Clare, RN was amazing at ensuring all my medical questions were answered and that all the staff was super amazing. Dr. Jones performed an amazing surgery and I could not be more happy with the results! 10/10 recommend."

M.H.

Google

"What a great experience at Wang Vision. I was so scared but the staff made me feel calm. Cameron was great and has such a calming voice and made me feel welcomed . Dr. GUDURU answered all my questions and was super patient with me . I really appreciate that . Karen walked me through the procedure as it was happening and kept me relaxed . Great atmosphere . Highly recommend them. They all care about the patients ."

K.W.

Google

"I have had extremely poor vision my whole life. Dr Guduru at Wang Vision Institute helped me see 20/20. Everyone there was extremely knowledgeable and kind. Dr. Guduru was so patient with me during my procedure and I could not recommend him enough."

L.F.

Yelp

"I had the best experience here! They make you feel comfortable as well as welcomed. I was terrified of LASIK and after 2 other consults, I chose Wang Vision as well as the SMILE procedure because it felt right! I definitely would recommend 10/10. Dr.Jones performed an amazing surgery. I’m about 3 weeks after surgery but even after day one, my eyes felt & feel amazing. I do suck at remembering names but the staff was so nice, answered my questions & made sure I was always good. Thank you Wang Vision"

M.

Google

"I’m all smiles for SMILE surgery. Wang Vision Institute helped me in a time of need!! I had actually been through consultation and scheduled a LASIK surgery with a different doctor at a different practice but I was really let down by this other place because of poor communication issues across multiple visits to the practice, which lead to me not being able to get the surgery I had planned and I had to push it back 2 months. I decided to use those 2 months to explore other options and I looked into the Wang Vision Institute in Nashville. They called me and asked me some questions, I told them what had happened to me and they were shocked, and then they told me “Alex we’re sorry to hear about your situation, but we could get you in today if you still wanted the surgery”. I got down there as quick as possible for a same-day consultation. They told me I made a great candidate for both LASIK and SMILE, I hadn’t even heard of SMILE before. It was a little bit more expensive but far less invasive. Plus my recovery has been as excellent as Wang Vision Institute predicted. Wang Vision Institute are very capable, professional, and caring. They helped me in a time of need and I couldn’t not be more grateful. I highly recommend going there if you are considering laser-eye surgery to correct your vision so you don’t have to wear glasses any more."

A.M.

Google

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