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Emily Wang, MD, MAS

Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, SEICHE Center for Health and Justice

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Emily Wang, MD, MAS



Emily Wang is a professor in the Yale School of Medicine and directs the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, a collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School. The Center is committed to ending mass incarceration by working across the disparate domains of health, law, and criminal justice through direct clinical care, conducting research, educating health students and professionals, and driving legal advocacy and scholarship. Dr. Wang leads the Center’s research program which receives National Institutes of Health funding to investigate how incarceration influences chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and opioid use disorder, and uses a participatory approach to study structural interventions which mitigate the impacts of incarceration. Her work been published in the Lancet, JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Affairs, and showcased in national outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and CNN. As an internist, she has cared for thousands of individuals with a history of incarceration and is co-founder of the Transitions Clinic Network, a consortium of 48 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for individuals recently released from correctional facilities by employing community health workers with histories of incarceration. Dr. Wang serves on the Board of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and the World Health Organization Health in Prisons Programme. She was inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation (2021) and the National Academies of Medicine (2023) and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (2022). Dr. Wang has an AB from Harvard University, an MD from Duke University, and a MAS from the University of California, San Francisco.

Education & Training

  • MAS
    University of California, San Francisco (2008)
  • Resident
    University of California- San Francisco (2006)
  • Intern
    University of California (2004)
  • MD
    Duke University Medical Center (2003)
  • AB
    Harvard University (1997)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican Society for Clinical Investigation2021
Member, Consensus Committee, "The Limits of Recidivism: Measuring Success After Prison"National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine2021
Co-Chair, Consensus Committee, Decarcerating Correctional Facilities During COVID-19: Advancing Health, Equity, and SafetyNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine2020
Workshop on Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data ProgramsSteering Committee, Institute of Medicine2016
Plenary SpeakerAcademic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health2016
Member, Workshop on Means of ViolenceInstitute of Medicine2014
Member, Workshop on Health and IncarcerationInstitute of Medicine, National Academy of Science2012
Junior Researcher AwardAcademic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health2010

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