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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.”


"Dr Guduru and the staff at Wang Vision Institute have far surpassed all my expectations!! I went in with trifocal glasses that I had to wear every waking minute of the day and still could not see well and now I am fully functioning with NO GLASSES NEEDED!!!!!"



"I live in Arkansas and chose to have my eyes checked at Wang Vision Institute and I'm so glad that I did! I had RK surgery done back in the early 90's and had scar tissue and residual problems with astigmatism years later. I was told by other Dr's there was nothing I could do to fix the problems. I met with Dr. Guduru and he was very confidant he could help me. I had to sign a waiver that stated, I would still have to wear reading glasses, but that was better than having to wear glasses all the time. Well I'm 2 weeks post op on my left eye, and 1 week post op on my right eye. I can read near and far, and couldn't be happier with the outcome! My eyesight is only going to continue to get better! Every staff member has been helpful and friendly! I'd give 10 stars if I could!"



"Dr. Guduru was thorough in explaining everything on top of giving me brand new eyes. Cameron was great to work with and made me feel comfortable leading up to the surgery. Scott has the best personality and is an absolute joy! He truly was the best intro to Wang Vision Institute! Overall I have nothing but great things to say. It was a wonderful experience."



"I recently had LASIK surgery at Wang Vision Institute in November 2023 , and I cannot express how pleased I am with the results. From the moment I walked in for my consultation to the final follow-up appointment, the entire experience was exceptional. First and foremost, the staff at Wang Vision Institute were incredibly friendly and welcoming. They made me feel at ease and answered all of my questions with patience and professionalism. The level of care and attention to detail they provided gave me the confidence that I was in good hands. The surgeon, Dr. Abhilash, is a true expert in his field. He took the time to thoroughly examine my eyes and explained the procedure to me in a way that was easy to understand. I felt comfortable and confident in his ability to perform the surgery. The actual LASIK procedure itself was quick and painless. The staff made sure I was comfortable throughout the process and ensured that all of my concerns were addressed. Dr. Wang team worked seamlessly together, making the whole experience feel effortless. The results of the surgery have exceeded my expectations. I now have almost 20/20 vision for the first time in my life and it is truly life-changing. I can't believe I waited so long to have LASIK, but I am grateful to have found Wang Vision Institute. I would highly recommend Wang Vision Institute to anyone considering LASIK surgery. The expertise, care, and outstanding results speak for themselves. Thank you to Dr. Wang and his team, Dr Zimmerman , Dr Abhilash for giving me the gift of clear vision. You have made a positive impact on my life."



"Great experience ar Wang Vision Institute. Amanda did a great job for initial workup. Dr. Zimmerman did a very thorough exam and explained to me exactly what to expect and possible side effects. Also appreciated the options for the surgery. Thank you Cameron for working through options and costs/savings. And Dr. Gudura, thank you so much for the surgery. 3 days post lasik and my vision is 20/20. Sorry for being a problem patient! Thanks to the team as a whole for making me comfortable!"



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