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        VOLUME 28, ISSUE 2 • JUNE 2024.  Full issue »

In memoriam: Emily Wang, PhD, CCC-SLP 

It is with deep sadness that we are sharing the news of the passing of Emily Wang, PhD, CCC-SLP, professor emerita in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences of Rush University Medical Center for 29 years before her retirement in 2023. She was both a consummate professor, teaching 15 different courses in the master’s program in speech-language pathology and training hundreds of speech language pathologists, as well as a master clinician, with a skillset that was widely sought throughout Chicago and beyond. 

Dr. Wang worked closely with colleagues in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and especially in the Movement Disorders Section of the Department of Neurological Sciences, with research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Michael J Fox Foundation. She also founded the SCOPE Speech and Hearing clinic at RUSH for individuals with barriers to accessing proper medical care. This pro-bono clinic has provided much-needed bilingual clinical services to an under-resourced and underserved population via the student-led, faculty-supervised practice model. Dr. Wang also served as the chairperson of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at RUSH from 2017 until her retirement in 2023. 
Dr. Wang was an active member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), serving on the steering committee for the Health Professionals Special Interest Group (HP SIG), providing her expertise in the formation of the HP SIG's recent strategic plan. Prior to her passing, she was serving as the co-director of the MDS-Pan American section of the Train the Trainer program. 
Our thoughts are with her family as well as with her colleagues, both at Rush and the larger medical community in Chicago as well as throughout the MDS. 


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