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August 23, 2004
professor killed in car crash in China
Xiaohong Wang, a promising researcher in the School
of Medicine, was killed July 24 in a car accident along with his
sixth-grade son Jim while vacationing in Wuhan, China. He had returned
to the country for the first time in a number of years to visit his
parents. Wang’s wife, Xiao Lan Ou, and their older son, John,
escaped injury in the accident.
Wang, 47, was an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences who
specialized in the interface between immunology and psychiatry with particular
regard to anxiety, depression and mood disorders in patients with cancer and
other medical illnesses. He practiced throughout the Emory system at Emory Hospital,
Crawford Long, Wesley Woods and Grady, where his main clinical responsibilities
were in the psychiatric emergency room.
“Xiaohong Wang was a model faculty member who was universally liked and
respected,” said psychiatry department chair Charles Nemeroff. “This
is a tragedy and a shock whose pain will be felt not only by his family but by
all his friends and colleagues here at Emory.”
Wang was a graduate of the Tongji Medical University
in Wuhan and served an internship at Wayne State University in Detroit
and a residency at the State University of New York–Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He also earned a Ph.D.
at Texas A&M.
Wang was a recipient of numerous awards for his research, including a Janssen
Psychiatry Resident Award of Excellence, a Janssen Faculty Career Develop-ment
Award and a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research
on Schizophrenia and Depression. Since coming to Emory in 2001, his studies provided
novel insights into the role of inflammation in the development of mood disorders
as well as the regulation of the neuroendocrine system. He had taken on three
postdoctoral research fellows just in the past several months.
“Xiaohong was a treasured friend, whom we will all miss terribly,” said
Andrew Miller, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of
psychiatric oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute. “He was on a major
upswing in his career, and his premature death is all the more tragic when
considering his immense potential to make significant contributions to the
lives of so many.”
The funeral was held in China. A memorial service was held Aug. 16 in Cannon