Dr. Tisha Wang
Dr. Tisha Wang is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she serves as the Senior Executive Clinical Vice Chair for the Department of Medicine (DOM). She is board-certified in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. In her role, she provides clinical care in the intensive care unit and pulmonary clinic. Previously, Dr. Wang was the UCLA Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Program Director for 10 years until 2021 and served as Clinical Chief of the UCLA Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Allergy and Immunology until early 2023, overseeing a large faculty practice that spent a large amount of time battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Wang catalyzed the formation of the UCLA DOM Wellness Committee in 2021 to focus on physician well-being and retention, after noticing the effects of the pandemic on an already burned-out workforce. In 2020, she was honored as the recipient of the UCLA Sherman Melinkoff Award, which recognizes the “finest in doctor-patient relationships and medical education” and is considered to be the highest honor of the UCLA SOM. Dr. Wang has also been the recipient of multiple awards, both locally and nationally, and was chosen as the California Thoracic Society “Woman of the Year” in 2022.
In addition to her clinical work and leadership responsibilities, Dr. Wang conducts research on a rare lung disease called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). She is the Clinical Director and Vice President of the patient-based PAP Foundation. Dr. Wang also serves as Chair of the Education Committee for the American Thoracic Society and is President-Elect of the California Thoracic Society. In addition to championing the well-being of physicians, her greatest joys in medicine have been focused on advocacy for women in medicine, medical educators, and patients with rare lung disease.