Growing up in a very small, poor village in northeastern China, Sihe Wang, PhD., DABCC, witnessed too many people suffering with too little medical attention. Since then, it has been his lifelong dream to help people afflicted with disease.
As the new director of clinical laboratories at Akron Children’s Hospital, he’s making his dream a reality. Each day, Dr. Wang and his team will deliver essential test results so physicians can more accurately assess, diagnose and treat sick children, positively impacting young patients’ well-being and overall health.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I grew up in a small village in China, where little medical care was available. I saw people suffering from diseases without much medical attention. It has been my longtime desire to be able to help others when they get sick.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 items would you bring with you and why?
A knife, matches and books. Survival is achievable with necessary supplies for both physical and spiritual needs.
What did you eat for breakfast?
I always enjoy scrambled eggs and fresh green tea.
When you curl up on the couch to watch a movie, are you most likely to have a bowl of popcorn, chocolate or box of tissues?
I would rather have a glass of red wine.
What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
When you have to make a decision, move forward with your choice and never look back.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a very poor village in the northeastern part of China.
Who makes up your family?
My wife Melissa, my son Henry and many stuffed animals.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I admired scientists very much and wanted to be one.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I started playing chess 2 or 3 years ago with my son. Surprisingly, I think I am good at it.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s?
In addition to loving kids, I see great potential in this organization and I believe that I can make a difference. This is an exciting leadership role and I have so much in mind. Working with my colleagues, I would like to build an infrastructure to ensure high-quality laboratory services with the ultimate goal of delivering the right clinical test results to the right patients at the right time. I am extremely excited and eager to make a positive impact on our children’s health.