Dr. Yih-Ming Yang is a graduate of China Medical University of Taiwan (1972). He was trained in Pediatrics at the Lafayette Charity Hospital and Charity Hospital of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, New Orleans (1974-77), and then trained in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at LSU Medical Center, New Orleans from 1978 to 1980. He returned to his home country Taiwan and served as the Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the Mennonite Christian Hospital in Hualien, Taiwan in 1981. He soon developed a Children’s Cancer Treatment Program and established a Children’s Cancer Fund, which provided comprehensive care for children with cancer. He was instrumental in developing the first leukemia treatment protocol for the newly formed Taipei Children’s Cancer Study Group for which he was a founding member. He developed a Pediatric Residency Program in 1981. He then established clerkship and internship programs in at the Mennonite Christian Hospital in 1982, which was considered as the first modern clerkship program in Taiwan. He was appointed as the Clinical Associate Professor at China Medical University in 1982. He joined Department of Pediatrics, University of South Alabama in 1986 and helped to earn an NIH-funded Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center the year after he joined the institution. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 5 years and appointed as the Chief of the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and director of USA Children’s Cancer Center a year later, in 1992. He moved his academic rank to tenured full professor of Pediatrics, University of South Alabama in 1995. He joined Emory University as the professor of Pediatrics in 2004. He was in charge of student education for the division of hematology-oncology, and served as a member of pediatric residency advisory committee and hematology-oncology fellowship committee. He created the first “Residents as Teachers” course for the department of pediatrics in 2007, and served as the director of the course for 7 years. He was awarded a teaching project by the Emory Teaching Fund in 2006-07. He was a workshop leader in Learning to Be Better Teachers Workshops entitled “Instinctive Clinical Teaching”, at the Annual Faculty Development Retreat, Emory University School of Medicine, February, 13, 2013. He has been invited to serve as visiting professor at China Medical University for the past 20 years. He had the honor of the first Ray Kroc Visiting Professor in Taiwan (1997). He was the distinguished “Cheng Sing” visiting professor at National Cheng-Kung University in 1999. He has been invited by many medical schools and institutions to give seminars and workshop in medical education in the past 15 years. He has been invited to serve as a member of the assessment team for Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council (TMAC) since the first review cycle in 2002. He also helped to guide a medical education reform which led to the development of a new curriculum for China Medical University over the past 14 years. He has also served as a consultant to the School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital, China Medical University, in recent years. He retired from Emory University in 2014, and was honored with Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics. He was invited to joined China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, to serve as Chair Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education in November 2014. He has made significant contributions to the medical literature in the areas of pediatric hematology/oncology, sickle cell disease and medical education. He is now working on a book on clinical reasoning which is scheduled to be published in Chinese by Elsevier Taiwan LLC in June 2017. Dr. Yang has received numerous honors throughout his career. Some of the more notable ones are: Best Resident Teaching, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Alabama,1991-94; Miracle Makers Award of the Children’s Miracle Network, USA, 1994; Best Clinical Attending, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama 2001; Nomination for the 2001 Association of American Medical College (AAMC) Humanism In Medicine Award, nominated by University of South Alabama, College of Medicine; The Leonard Tow 2004 Humanism in Medicine Award, University of South Alabama, 2004; Outstanding Alumnus Award, at the 50th anniversary of the School, China Medical University, Taiwan, 2008; Teacher of the Year Award in Subspecialty Pediatrics (Inaugural teaching award) in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2008.
Title: Chair professor and Consultant
Company/Affiliation: China Medical University and China Medical University Children’s Hospital
Interests: Medical education