Edward J. Wing, MD
Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences
Brown has been fortunate to have within its ranks effective and inspiring leadership worthy of the thriving, dynamic, and multi-faceted enterprise within the Division of Biology and Medicine. Although Dean Wing plans to step down in June of 2013, throughout his tenure the Division and the Warren Alpert Medical School has continued to advance the momentum and progress of recent years.
The construction of a new medical school building was Dean Wing’s highest priority and completed in August 2011. He has forged stronger relations with the hospital teaching partners to provide better strategic planning and mutual reinforcement for academic programs. He also has strengthened research initiatives and increased faculty within the Program in Biology, the Public Health Program and the clinical departments. He is known for his deep devotion to biomedical research and education and to providing outstanding medical care as he treats patients in the HIV clinic at The Miriam Hospital.
Prior to his appointment as Dean, Dr. Wing served as chair of the Department of Medicine and the Joukowsky Family Professor of Medicine, positions he had held since his arrival at Brown in 1998. In addition, he was physician-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital and executive physician-in-chief at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Women & Infants Hospital, and the Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Wing also directed the residency program in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and the Providence VA Medical Center.
He is a specialist in infectious diseases with strong interests in global health. Dr. Wing established thriving international programs, including the robust partnership with Moi University in Kenya, through which 30,000 people living with AIDS currently receive antiretroviral treatment.
Dr. Wing began his career in academic medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he rose through the ranks, serving variously as physician-in-chief at Montefiore Hospital, chief of infectious diseases and interim chief of medicine before coming to Brown. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College, where he earned a BA in chemistry, and a cum laude alumnus of Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s) in Boston and an infectious disease fellowship at Stanford University. He is married to Rena Wing, PhD, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Alpert Medical School and director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital. She is well known for her research on behavioral treatment of obesity and particularly its application to type II diabetes.