51903-Wang, Ying

Ying Wang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesia

Phone 317-278-5045
Stark Neuroscience Building, Rm# 514E
320 West 15th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202


Dr. Wang received her Medical Degree (Integrative Medicine, 2006) from Xinjiang Medical University, China; a Master of Science (Acupuncture Science, 2010) from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and a Ph.D. degree (Molecular Pain Research in Neuroscience, 2014) from the University of Würzburg, Germany. She further pursued her postdoctoral training in translational pain research and led her own research as a researcher associate at University of Minnesota (2014-2020). She also obtained a post-graduate Clinical Research certificate degree from University of Minnesota, School of Public Health (2018-2020). She is an awardee of NIH k99 grant studying neurobiological mechanisms and clinical efficacy of acupuncture-implemented integrative pain management of sickle cell disease in both pre-clinical rodent models and patients. She joined Indiana University School of Medicine as assistant professor of anesthesia in July.2020.

Her clinical interest is to implement evidence-based non-opioids and/or non-addictive approaches of pain management and optimize its application to conventional medicine. Her research interest is to understand mechanisms underlying integrative approaches (e.g. acupuncture-related techniques) and develop strategies for its optimization in the acute/chronic pain conditions in related to sickle cell disease, fibromyalgia, cancer, neurological disorders and immune system disorders. 

Key Publications

Y Wang*, SJ Hardy, E Ichesco, PY Zhang, Richard E Harris, DS Darbari* (2021). Alteration of grey matter volume is associated with pain and quality of life in children with sickle cell disease. Translational Research. 2021 Aug 18; S1931-5244(21)00194-8. doi: 10.1016/j.trsl.2021.08.004.

Y Wang*, JX Lei, R Jha, S Kevin, K Gupta* (2019). Substance P modulates electroacupuncture analgesia in humanized mice with sickle cell disease. Journal of Pain Research. Aug; 2019: 2419-26.

J Lei, J Paul, Y Wang, M Gupta, D Vang, S Thompson, R Jha, J Nguyen, Y Valverde, Y Lamarre, M Jones, and K Gupta (2020). Heme Causes Pain in Sickle Mice via Toll-Like Receptor 4-Mediated Reactive Oxygen Species and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-Induced Glial Activation. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling. 24 Aug 2020https://doi.org/10.1089/ars.2019.7913

Y Wang, X Wang, W Chen, K Gupta, XH Zhu* (2017). fMRI BOLD response in sickle mice with hyperalgesia. Blood Cells, Molecules and Diseases. Jun; 65:81-85. doi: 10.1016/j.bcmd.2017.03.005

Y Wang, M Gupta, T Poonawala, M Farooqui, YF Li, F Peng, S Rao, M Ansonoff, J Pintar, K Gupta* (2017). Opioids and opioid receptors orchestrate wound repair. Translational Research. Jul; 185:13-23. doi: 10.1016/j.trsl.2017.05.003.

Y Wang*, JX Lei, M Gupta, F Peng, S Lam, R Jha, Al Beitz, K Gupta* (2016). Electroacupuncture in conscious free-moving mice reduces pain by ameliorating peripheral and central nociceptive mechanisms. Scientific Reports. Sep 30; 6:34493. doi: 10.1038/srep34493

Y Wang*, R. Truemper, S. A. Mousa, D. Hackel, A. Brack, H. L. Rittner* (2014). CXCL10 controls inflammatory pain via opioid peptide-containing macrophages in acupuncture. PLoS ONE. Apr 14; 9(4): e94696. doi: 10. 1371/journal.pone.0094696.  

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Education
    2014 PhD University of Wurzburg
    2010 MS Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
    2006 MD Xinjiang Medical University
  • Research

    Integrative and Complementary Medicine, Pain, Neuroimaging

  • Board Certifications
    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Clinical Interests

    Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Pain management, Palliative Care,

    Personalized Medicine

  • Awards
    Org: NIH
    Desc: K99
    Scope: National

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