Chair of Medicine
Dr. Yang is Simons Chair of Medicine and Professor of the Departments of Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics. An internationally renowned physician scientist in the field of gastroenterology, Dr. Yang’s research focus has been on identifying the causes and treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he received a B.Sc. degree from the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University, a Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemical Sciences of Princeton University and an M.D. from Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Yang received his clinical training in Internal Medicine followed by Gastroenterology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins between 1989 and 2001. He was appointed R. Bruce Logue Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases in 2001 at Emory University School of Medicine, where he also held the positions of Professor of Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Director of the Emory Epithelial Pathobiology Research Development Center, which was supported by a Digestive Diseases Center Grant from the National Institutes of Health. In 2011, Dr. Yang was recruited to Stony Brook University and brought with him a blend of clinical expertise, research acumen, teaching skills and leadership experience to his current position.
Dr. Yang's lab has concentrated on the roles played by a number of Krüppel-like transcription factors (KLFs) that exert crucial roles in the biology and pathobiology of the gut epithelium including stem cells and cancer. He has been principal investigator for many NIH-funded grants, as well as author or coauthor of over 200 original scientific articles or chapters. He is a member of several honor societies including Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians, and was recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He was an invited speaker at over 30 national and international conferences and by numerous prestigious institutions. He served as editor or was on the editorial boards of many professional journals, including Gastroenterology, the leading journal in the field, as well as numerous review panels or study sections at the National Institutes of Health and Veterans Administration. Most recently he was a member of the Governing Board of the American Gastroenterological Association.