Dora Wang, MD, MA, discovered psychiatry at a young age, at the public library where her mother was a librarian. She knew by age ten, that she would be a psychiatrist and a writer. As both, she could best pursue her passion for lessening emotional suffering in the world.
DearDrDora.com is launched in this spirit.
Dr. Dora is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, where she specialized in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. She enjoys literary theory, and completed an MA in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dora reads medical literature through the eyes of a practicing physician, but also, through the critical eyes of a literary scholar and medical historian.
At the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where she has been on the faculty since 1998, she has trained a generation of psychiatrists on treating anxiety and mood disorders with medications as well as evidence-based psychotherapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Dr Dora has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Writer’s Residency, and has attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She is represented by Michael Carlisle of Inkwell Management.
Her memoir, The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World, (Riverhead/Penguin, 2010), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is a textbook author on various subjects, and a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders and factitious disorders. Her most recent book, The Daily Practice of Compassion: A History of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Its People and Its Mission, 1964-2014 has earned her the title of Historian of the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico.
In her local community, she hosted a TV talk show, “Duke City Magazine,” for six years.