Libing “Libby” Wang grew up in Bakersfield, California, as the eldest daughter in a family of three sisters. She attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate studies, majoring in bioengineering. Upon encountering biomedical devices in her upper division classes, she developed an interest in leveraging novel engineering technologies to solve clinical challenges in medicine.
Dr. Wang enjoys the challenge of figuring out how low-cost technologies and first-world healthcare can be scalable to developing countries. Before medical school, she worked at an ophthalmology surgery center in Mexico City as a process engineer, helping to optimize high-volume/low-cost cataract surgery for an underserved community.
Once she began medical school at New York University, Dr. Wang founded a Translational Medicine Club. She performed research assessing embryo morpho-kinetics in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization, and applying machine learning to predict pregnancy success rates.
During her clinical years in medical school, Dr. Wang fell in love with anesthesiology as she realized that she could combine her interests in physiology and high-acuity patient care with her background in process optimization, device development, and bioinformatics. Ultimately, Libby found her home in our department.
“On my interview, I could tell that UCLA would be an environment that would help me grow as a clinical anesthesiologist with the variety and complexity of cases, and would also support my research interests,” she says. “But I ultimately chose to come to UCLA because of the fun, supportive, collaborative environment that I witnessed on the interview day. Now that I am a resident, my colleagues make me excited to wake up every morning and go to work.”
She has already made her mark as the resident who has taken initiative in creating manuals for different intern rotations and orientation materials for incoming interns.
Outside of residency, Libby enjoys exploring Los Angeles. At the beginning of her intern year, she took a sailing course through the UCLA recreation program, MD and now you will often find her sailing at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center in Marina del Rey. She also started taking salsa dance classes with her anesthesia colleagues in Brentwood. Libby and our entire resident class enjoy the culinary delights that LA has to offer, from enjoying a good cup of coffee at one of the many exceptional roasters in LA to the ethnically diverse cuisines. Most recently, she has pursued her streak of adventure by taking scuba-diving classes in anticipation of her upcoming vacation to Bali.