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Dora-Linda Wang, M.D., M.A.

Dora-Linda Wang, M.D.

Dora-Linda Wang, M.D., M.A.

Candidate for 2023 Minority/Underrepresented Representative (M/UR) Trustee

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Dora-Linda Wang, M.D., M.A., is psychiatrist, medical historian and author. She is President of the APA Caucus of Asian American Psychiatrists. Dr. Wang has received a Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar Award from the Stanford School of Medicine, and a Best Professional Program Award from the Yale Alumni Association. She is the author of The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist's Reflections on Healing in a Changing World (Riverhead Penguin Random House, 2010), a literary memoir that was nominated by the publisher for the Pulitzer Prize. This book focuses on how medicine devolved from a charitable, noble profession into the profit-driven industry it is today. She won a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for The Daily Practice of Compassion: A History of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Its People and Its Mission, 1964-2014. She has blogged for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. She serves on the Executive Council of Yale Alumni in Medicine, the Council of Friends for the UC Berkeley Special Collections Library, and works in underserved hospitals as a psychiatrist for Traditions Behavioral Health.


  • Yale University School of Medicine, M.D.
  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
    • Chief Resident, OCD Treatment Program
    • Chief Resident, Dual Diagnosis Program

Awards and Honors

  • Association of Yale Alumni, Best Graduate and Professional Program Award (2017)
  • Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar, Stanford School of Medicine (2017)
    • Speaker for Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the School of Medicine
  • New Mexico-Arizona Book Award (2015)
    • For The Daily Practice of Compassion: A History of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Its People and Its Mission, 1964-2104, with Shannan L. Carter, JD (University of New Mexico School of Medicine Press, 2014) Founded the UNM SOM Press, in order to publish this book
  • Albuquerque's Top Doctors (2008)
    • Albuquerque Magazine
  • Changed the New Mexico State Constitution, and removed Article 2, Section 22, which forbade Asians and all persons of color from owning land. This involved the majority vote in a state election. (2006)
  • Lannan Foundation, Writer's Residency (2002)
  • Milton Rosenbaum Research Award (2001)
    • Sexual Dysfunction in Liver Transplant Candidates
    • P. Hensley, M.D., and D. Wang, M.D.
  • First Place Poster Award (2001)
    • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting
    • Stress, Illness, and the Academic Physician in the Current Health Care Environment
    • B. Schindler, M.D., D. Wang, M.D., D. Novack, M.D., D. Cohen, N. Shaheen, M.D., and J. Yager, M.D.
  • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Visiting Professor Award (2001)
    • Won this award to bring Seth Powsner, M.D., of Yale School of Medicine to the University of New Mexico 
  • American Psychiatric Association Mini-Fellowship (1990)

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