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Michael Wang

Michael Wang is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester, UK, and has held an Honorary Consultant post with Leicester Royal Infirmary Academic Department of Anaesthesia.  He is a former Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society and is currently Founding Chair of the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK. Prof. Wang is also a practising clinical neuropsychologist.  

Throughout his academic career he has maintained an Honorary Consultant role in the NHS, treating patients with common mental health problems and in particular, psychological problems arising from unplanned anaesthetic and surgical incidents. He has worked closely with anaesthetists in both clinical and research contexts for more than 30 years. Alongside Dr. Ian Russell he has championed the Isolated Forearm Technique as the gold standard for detecting intra-operative consciousness.   

In 2004, Dr. Wang organized the 6th International Symposium on Memory and Awareness in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. He has served as an expert advisor on a NICE Committee in relation to the monitoring of depth of anaesthesia and also as an expert member of the Royal College of Anaesthesia’s National Audit Project 5 (a national audit of anaesthetic awareness reports).  In 1999 he was made Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2015 he was awarded the Humphry Davy Medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for his contribution to the understanding of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia.