Dr. Wang is Director of Burn Surgery at the University of Michigan’s ABA-verified Burn Center and Director of the State of Michigan Burn Coordinating Center for Mass Casualty Incidents. The UM Burn Center’s injury prevention programs are internationally recognized. Dr. Wang’s basic science laboratory investigates innate immune mechanisms in injury and wound healing. He served as Associate Chairman for Research in the Department of Surgery from 2002-2007.
Since 1997, Dr. Wang has hosted a monthly neutral forum in which a multidisciplinary group of medical, engineering, policy, and biomechanical experts forensically analyze real-world motor vehicle crash cases to assess injury causation mechanisms and determine potential measures to prevent such injuries in the future. As southeast Michigan is the global epicenter for automotive engineering, regular attendees of these forums include engineers from all major international automotive manufacturers as well as suppliers of automotive safety systems. In partnership with multiple public safety agencies around Michigan and automotive manufacturers from around the world, Dr. Wang recently established the Vulnerable Road User Injury Prevention Alliance (VIPA).
As a result of insights gained from his crash injury research, Dr. Wang founded the novel field of analytic morphomics, which utilizes high-throughput computational techniques to extract precise body geometry and composition data from medical imaging data. Dr. Wang directs a large multidisciplinary team of physicians, biostatisticians, biomedical engineers, and software programmers working to translate analytic morphomic findings into personalized medical and surgical care by coupling clinical outcome data with morphomic biomarkers. One of these projects was recently selected for a Health Care Innovation Award by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services