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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



Emily Wang is a professor in the Yale School of Medicine and directs the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. The SEICHE Center is a collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School working to stimulate community transformation by identifying the legal, policy, and practice levers that can improve the health of individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. She leads the Center's research program, the Health Justice Lab, 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 interventions which mitigate the impacts of incarceration. 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 40 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 has served on the National Academy of Sciences/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 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. 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

Departments & Organizations