Renowned surgeon Dr. Ming Wang talked about freedom, philanthropy and his vision for America.


Dr. Ming Wang – acclaimed research scientist, molecular biologist, laser eye-surgeon, ballroom dancer and musician – was the featured speaker at the Bellevue-Harpeth Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon on Friday, September 20 at Temple Hills Country Club. He shared stories about his life and his vision for America with more than 100 Bellevue business leaders.


Dr Ming Wang (left) pauses for a photo with Tami Terrell of Simmons Mortgage at the Bellevue-Harpeth Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon.



A Nashville resident, Dr. Wang is best known as the director of the Wang Vision Institute and as an innovator and world leader in LASIK vision correction. But it’s his backstory as a Chinese immigrant, who came to the United States with only a dictionary, a few dollars and boundless ambition, which continues to inspire people across the globe.



In addition to his medical practice – he’s performed over 55,000 eye procedures and is the only surgeon in Tennessee who performs a variety of 3D surgeries on people of all ages – Dr. Wang has established a non-profit foundation that provides restorative surgery free of charge for indigent patients.



His passion for the creative arts is another platform that enables him to spread his timeless message about all that is possible through freedom, faith and philanthropy. He has been a competitive ballroom dancer since he was a student at Harvard and MIT and, even with his clinical schedule, continues to compete nationally. Dr. Wang also plays erhu, a Chinese violin, along with classical guitarist Carlos Gonzales in Music For Sight. The duo plays around Nashville to raise awareness and funding for the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration.


UPS Store marketing director Brittany Monger (left), and Bellevue-Harpeth Chamber board members Sandra Harris (center) and Heather Warmbrod.

Doug Jahner (left) of First Farmers and Merchants Bank and Chad Crow of American Constructors.


While he remains passionate and proud about the opportunities available in America, Dr. Wang did express concern for what sees as the “complacency of young Americans when it comes to freedom.” He pointed out the recent protests by young people in Hong Kong who are inspired by America’s freedom, and compared it to what he sees as indifference toward those same freedoms by many young Americans today.


More information about Dr. Wang is available online at


The Lodge at Natchez Trace (top) and The Loveless Cafe were two of the sponsors of the Bellevue-Harpeth Chamber quarterly luncheon.


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