Faculty Educator of the Month: April 2012

Sa A. Wang, M.D.

Dr. WangSa A. Wang, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Hematopathology, Director of the Quality Improvement Program, and Associate Medical Director of the Hospital Flow Cytometry Laboratory, has been named the April 2012 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Wang has had wide-ranging experience in educating trainees at MD Anderson as well as other institutions in and around the Texas Medical Center. In particular, since 2008, she has been a supervisory teacher for flow cytometry medical technologists at MD Anderson. Also, she lectured research nurses on Bone Marrow Examination and Myelodysplastic Syndromes in 2010. Dr. Wang also has been actively involved in the Hematopathology Fellowship Training Program through direct supervision and didactic lectures. To help the trainees in the program develop their academic careers, she has involved many residents and fellows in research projects and coached them in research design and scientific writing. All of them have written first-author or coauthor publications with Dr. Wang as their corresponding author.

Owing to her expertise in diagnosis and classification of myelodysplastic syndromes and flow cytometry immunophenotyping, Dr. Wang has been invited to lecture at many teaching institutions outside MD Anderson, including The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The Methodist Hospital in Houston, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as well as the University of Massachusetts, New England Medical Center, Yale New Haven Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has also been invited to lecture at several medical schools in the People’s Republic of China and by the Peruvian Pathology Society.

Well recognized by the major national and international organizations in pathology, Dr. Wang has organized or lectured at many continuing medical education courses. These include courses sponsored by the College of American Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathology, United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, International Clinical Cytometry Society, and Nebraska and MD Anderson Neoplastic Hematopathology Updates.

Dr. Wang has also been involved in standard tests for pathologists in training. Specifically, she has served as a question contributor/writer for the National Resident in Service Examination and National Hematopathology Fellow in Service Examination since 2006.

Before she came to MD Anderson, Dr. Wang had considerable experience in classroom and laboratory teaching. For example, she was a lecturer for Ph.D. and medical students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (2005-2008) and internal medicine physician assistant students at Yale School of Medicine (2003-2004). Furthermore, from 2002 to 2008, she taught residents and fellows at UMass Memorial Medical Center as a faculty member.

Dr. Wang was recognized for her educational achievements with the Guido Majuno Best Teaching Award at UMass Memorial Medical Center (2007-2008) and the Best Teaching Conference Award at Massachusetts General Hospital (2004-2005).

Dr. Wang received her M.D. degree from Xiangya Medical School in Changsha, People’s Republic of China, in 1989. After receiving an M.S. degree in Immunology and Tumor Biology at Central South University in 1992, she stayed on there for 3 years as an Associate Research Scientist and studied for a Ph.D. degree in Immunology.

In 1995, Dr. Wang came to the United States, completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Microbiology and Immunology at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1997 and a research fellowship in Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2000. She then moved on to Yale School of Medicine, where she completed a clinical residency in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology in 2004. Her training then continued at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where she completed a clinical fellowship in Hematopathology in 2005.

Following her extensive training, Dr. Wang served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of the Hospital Flow Cytometry Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts from 2005 to 2008. She then arrived at MD Anderson when she was named Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematopathology and Associate Medical Director of the Hospital Flow Cytometry Laboratory. She was named Director of the Quality Improvement Program in 2009 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.

Dr. Wang is currently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Molecular Biomarkers & Diagnosis and an associate member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology. In addition, she is a peer reviewer for more than 10 journals. Over the span of her career, Dr. Wang has authored more than 70 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 7 invited articles, 18 book chapters, and a number of abstracts.

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