Thomas Wang

Thomas Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

H Marvin Pollard Collegiate Professor of Endoscopy Research
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Wang is a physician scientist who has developed a number of novel methodologies for in vivo imaging in the digestive tract for early cancer detection and staging. He has pioneered the use of fluorescence-labeled peptides to detect overexpressed cell surface targets in vivo to identify pre-malignant mucosa. Furthermore, he has developed the first video endoscope that is sensitive to fluorescence for rapidly identifying pre-malignant lesions over large mucosal surface areas. This approach has been patented, commercialized, and developed for clinical use, and is widely cited as a major impetus for the accelerated convergence of fluorescence spectroscopy and endoscopy. He has mentored a total of 3 visiting scholars, 5 junior faculty (research investigators), 34 post-docs (research fellows), 4 M.D. (clinical) fellows, 13 graduate students, 3 medical residents, 2 medical students, and 9 undergraduates. In addition, he has filed 18 patents with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on novel optical imaging technologies.

Research Interests

molecular imaging of colorectal, esophageal, liver cancers

Research Opportunities for Rotating Students

imaging, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, microscopy