School of Medicine appoints Dr. Wang as acting associate dean for research

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John Q. Wang, M.D, Ph.D.

John Q. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., who joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2004 as Westport Anesthesia Services/Missouri Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology Research, has been appointed acting associate dean for research.

Wang will take a leadership role in the strategic direction of research at the School of Medicine, in research faculty mentoring, evaluation of research outcomes, and in the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program at the School.

“The timing of this appointment is important to the School as we prepare for a transition in the dean’s position, as well as evaluate our research and education collaborations with the School of Biological Sciences,” School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., F.A.C.P., said.

UMKC honored Wang in 2012 with its Trustees Faculty Fellowship Award, which recognizes faculty with a sustained nationally and internationally recognized record of research and scholarly achievements at UMKC.

Wang came to UMKC in 1998 as an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy before joining the School of Medicine faculty as a professor of anesthesiology and professor of basic medical science. He is internationally recognized as a researcher and scholar in molecular regulation of neural function in substance abuse, pain, and cognitive function. He is the author of more than 180 peer reviewed manuscripts and serves on national and international review committees and editorial boards.