Tim Wang is a second year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he is pursuing a dual Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Public Health (DMD/MPH). He graduated from Rice University in 2017 with a BA in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and a BA in History. Through several international and domestic policy research projects in undergrad, Tim became fascinated with public policy as a means to tackle certain health issues in society. He is particularly passionate about oral health policy and further integrating the delivery of dental and medical care.
During SUMR, Tim worked on two projects. The first project, under Dr. Harald Schmidt, focused on evaluating the impact of recent Medicaid waivers on dental care and associated bioethical implications. The second project, under Dr. Zach Meisel and Dr. Marilyn Schapira, involved creating a new clinical tool to facilitate patient-doctor conversations to reduce opioid prescription in emergency departments.
In dental school, Tim is a contributing editor for the American Student Dental Association biannual journal, OPENN WIDE. He is also a blogger and contributing member of the policy team at the Leonard Davis Institute. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, reading nonfiction, and international traveling.