Dean Wang

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Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
School of Medicine
Chief of Sports Medicine Division, Orthopaedic Surgery
School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
M.D., Case Western Reserve University
B.S., Duke University, 2006, Biomedical Engineering
Fax: (714) 456-7547
University of California, Irvine
101 The City Drive S.
Pavilion III
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
articular cartilage restoration; hip arthroscopy; biologic therapies; knee ligament; joint biomechanics; arthroscopy
Awards and Honors
WOA Annual Meeting Poster Award, 1st place 2022
ON/ICRS Education Grant 2022
AOA Annual Meeting Top Poster 2021
Super Doctors Southern California Rising Stars 2021, 2022
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (sponsored by ASES) 2021
Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship Program, UCI SOM (Mentor) 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
WOA Young Investigator Award Nominee 2019, 2020
Lance Peters, MD, Memorial Biomechanics Award 2019
ICRS/Vericel – Lars Peterson Clinical Travelling Fellowship 2019
Principal Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine 2019 – 2022
Arthroscopy Journal Basic Science Research Excellence Runner-up, Kartogenin Enhances 2019
Collagen Organization and Mechanical Strength of the Repaired Enthesis in a Murine Model of Rotator Cuff Repair
Charles S. Neer Award – Basic Science 2019
Russell F. Warren, M.D. Fellow Research Award, Hospital for Special Surgery 2018
AOSSM Annual Meeting Poster Award, 2nd place 2018
ON/AOSSM Education Grant 2018
ON/AANA Education Grant 2018
ON/ICRS Education Scholarship 2018
Arthroscopy Journal Resident/Fellow Research Excellence Runner-up, The Timing of Hip 2018
Arthroscopy After Intra-Articular Hip Injection Affects Postoperative Infection Risk Arthroscopy Journal Resident/Fellow Research Excellence Runner-up, Similar Outcomes 2018
After Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation in Anterior Cruciate Ligament–Intact And
–Reconstructed Knees: A Comparative Matched-Group Analysis
Administrative Fellow, HSS Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship 2017 – 2018
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Resident Scholarship 2016
H & H Lee Resident Travel Grant, AOSSM Annual Meeting 2015
H & H Lee Resident Travel Grant, AAOS Annual Meeting 2015
Best Chief Paper, UCLA Academic Research Day 2014
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Resident Scholarship 2014
Howard Hughes Medical Institute–NIH Research Scholars (Cloister) Program 2008 – 2009
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Full Scholarship 2007 – 2011
Cum laude, Duke University 2006
Graduation with Distinction, Duke University 2006
Pratt Engineering Research Fellowship, Duke University 2005 – 2006
Dean’s List, Duke University 2002 – 2006
Short Biography
Dr. Wang is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow. His clinical expertise includes advanced minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures and reconstructive joint surgery. He has specialized training in the field of biologic joint preservation procedures, including modern cartilage restoration techniques and arthroscopic hip preservation surgery. He is the Chief of the Sports Medicine Division at UCI and a team physician for UCI Athletics.

Dr. Wang is accomplished in both clinical and laboratory research and has authored more than 90 scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters that have received national recognition and awards within the field of sports medicine. His specific research interests include novel procedures for cartilage repair and restoration, biologic therapies for cartilage, tendon, and ligament repair, and knee ligament reconstruction and joint biomechanics. He is frequently invited to lecture on these topics both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Wang was born and raised in the Baltimore metropolitan area. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, where he graduated cum laude. He received his medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholar. Dr. Wang completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, frequently recognized as the #1 Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery by US News & World Report. During this time, he served as an assistant team physician for the New York Giants (NFL), New York Red Bulls (MLS), and Iona College Athletics, as well as an orthopaedic consultant for the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:
MTF Biologics Extramural Research Junior Investigator Grant (P.I.) - Biomechanical, Histological and Ultrastructural Analysis of Commercially Available Osteochondral Allografts
OREF Resident Clinician Scientist Training Grant (P.I.) - Use of Activated Endothelial Cells for the Treatment of Patellar Tendinosis
OREF Resident Research Project Grant (P.I.) - Preconditioning of Hamstring Tendon Grafts for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
R43 AR077461 NIH/NIAMS Consultant (P.I. – Heenam Kwon, PhD) Evaluation of Hyaleon’s™ pre-clinical safety and efficacy for healing large cartilage defects in the knee
NSF SBIR Phase I 2036583 Consultant (P.I. – Wendy Brown, PhD) Development of a biological adhesive, Chondrofluid, for the fixation and integration of cartilage implants
Vericel Investigator Sponsored Trial Grant (P.I.) - Return to Work and Sport After MACI Treatment in the Knee
Professional Societies
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS)
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA)
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leader
International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA)
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