Emily Wang, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

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Years active at Yale: 2008-present

Dr. Wang is being recognized for leadership, clinical science, and clinical care in her work with people with a history of incarceration. She is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and directs the Health Justice Lab, a collaborative, innovative, interdisciplinary team focused on improving the health of individuals and communities who are affected by mass incarceration. Dr. Wang has cared for thousands of people recently released from prison and is co-founder of the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN), a growing consortium of 23 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for recently released prisoners and defining best practices for the health care of individuals leaving correctional facilities. In 2012, the Transitions Clinic Network( TCN) was awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Award to provide care to more than 2,000 patients returning from prison, and to train and employ people with a history of incarceration as community health workers. The Health Justice Lab has received continual funding by the National Institutes of Health with projects ranging from the epidemiology of incarceration and cardiovascular health to mitigating the community impact of gun violence using a participatory-and assets-based framework. 

Dr. Wang has served on the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine’s Health and Incarceration Workshop, Means of Violence Workshop, and the Steering Committee on Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data programs. Her work has been published in the Lancet, JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Affairs, and showcased in national outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, and CNN.