California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University - Scholars Bios

Wilson Wang, MD, MPH, MPA


Senior Technical Advisor,
Save the Children, Indonesia



Dr. Wang is Senior Technical Advisor for Save the Children in Indonesia, one of a consortium of organizations battling high maternal and neonatal mortality rates as part of a USAID-funded program called EMAS. EMAS works with the health Ministry, medical associations, local government and staff in 150 hospitals and 300 health centers to increase medical quality through health system planning and organization, data use and reporting; clinical decision support; and facility-to-facility mentorship. Dr. Wang’s job is basically to make sure that the EMAS intervention works.

2011-2012, Dr. Wang served as Deputy Director of Health Programs for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Liberia. In this capacity, he oversaw the support of 6 Ministry of Health (MOH) Hospitals, 40 MOH clinics and emergency medical operations along the Northern Liberian-Ivory Coast border; strategic development of grant proposals to address Liberia’s sobering health statistics; and monitoring and evaluation of IRC-Liberia’s 9 million dollar health care portfolio.

2008-2010, Dr. Wang was the Director of Asthma Programs at NYC Department of Health’s, Harlem District Public Health Office (DPHO). Dr. Wang worked with insurance companies, hospitals and clinics to increase quality of asthma care through a system based approach to health and disease. He directed the medical aspects of a comprehensive asthma case management program and led projects to increase DPHO visibility and responsiveness to East Harlem residents. He was visiting lecturer at the Mailman School of Public Health.

2006-2007, Dr. Wang worked with Partners in Health in Rwanda, delivering medical care and helping to strengthen care systems at a growing hospital in Kirehe—a community of about 300,000 in the country’s eastern province.

From 2004-2006 he was the Legislative Assistant for Health in the Office of Senator Lieberman in Washington, DC. There his health team passed legislation addressing vaccine safety in children, disaster preparedness of vulnerable populations, avian flu, minority health care disparities and access to mental health care.

Dr. Wang believes that the health of populations is mostly about communities having access to resources and the ability to modulate the kind, tenor and distribution of these resources. These include high quality education, housing, employment, transportation and, health care.

Dr. Wang began a career in health as pediatric resident at Oakland Children’s Hospital, 1999-2002. He continues to practice medicine primarily in the pediatric emergency room and as hospitalist overseeing labor and delivery services and the pediatric ward.  His strong commitment to working on behalf of children began with a teaching career in Oakland Public Schools where he taught junior high school science 1992-1994. His strives to coordinate partnerships between communities, educators, city planners and health care workers that result in the total care of children at home and abroad.

Dr. Wang received a Master's of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 1999, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Oakland in 2002. He received an MPA at the Kennedy School of Government as part of the California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University Fellowship in 2004.