Dr. Wei Jiang, M.D. Tenured Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Internal Medicine, Director, Neuropsychocardiology Laboratory, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
Dr. Jiang is double American Board Certified Internist and Psychiatrist and Tenured Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry in Duke University. Dr. Jiang is also the director of Duke Neuro-psycho-cardiology laboratory.
Dr. Jiang is a researcher, clinician, and educator, holding the tirade of classical medical career. She is an expert in integrating mental health and cardiovascular diseases as well as outreaching in promoting mental health service in non-traditional psychiatric setting in US and in China.
A native to China, Dr. Jiang received her original medical education in 1982 and training in internal medicine and cardiology in China afterward. She became attending cardiologist in Qianfoshan hospital in Jinan, Shandong following her training, and then joined the Duke behavioral cardiology laboratory in 1989. She had two primary goals while coming to Duke; 1) Investigate the interplay between negative emotions and cardiovascular outcome, and 2) Bring the scientific medical practice in the West back to China. At Duke, she received residency training in the combined medicine & psychiatry program between 1997 and 2002. She has been serving attending physician and running a lab in Duke University since.
Over a couple of decades, Dr. Jiang, along with her colleagues, conducted large number epidemiological, neurobiological-translational, and interventional studies in examining the interplay between mental activities and cardiovascular disease. The landmark prognosis of mental stress induced myocardial ischemia study published in JAMA 1996, and the landmark depression and chronic heart failure study published in Archive of Internal medicine have led to significant increase in recognition about the role of mental health in the cardiovascular field and put mental health at the front of cardiology and medicine. A major switch in consultation-liaison psychiatry & behavioral medicine and a paradigm of cardiologists and internists paying close attention to the mental wellbeing of patients has followed consequently with the contributions Dr. Jiang and her colleagues have made. The well known SADHART and SADHART-CHF trials successfully conducted by Dr. Jiang and her colleagues demonstrate the complexity and challenge of managing depression in cardiac and other medical co-morbidity populations. Currently, Dr. Jiang is evaluating effective therapeutics for mental stress induced myocardial ischemia and continues searching the underlying mechanisms accountable for the negative interplay between the mind and the body, and therapeutic modalities correcting the negative interplay.
She has been lecturing regularly in China since 1992. Following the massive 5.12.2008 Chinese earthquake, she led a medical team to the epicenter and served many quake victims for their medical and mental sufferings. Upon return to work in US, she provided biweekly supervision to the health providers in the epicenter for a year. She donated the copyright of the book; titled “Clinician’s Guide to Psychiatric Care” that Dr. Jiang was the chief editor, to China. The book has been translated into Chinese and published in fall 2009 that is very well received. With the heavy influence of Dr. Jiang, many Chinese physicians have joined the mind-body medical fields in China.
Dr. Jiang teaches medical students and residents on the regular bases. She provides routine clinical service at the Duke Health Systems for both inpatients and outpatients. In addition, she supervises a resident’s clinic weekly. Jiang has over 60 peer reviewed publications and number of book chapters. She has been invited to give talks within US and internationally. She is an editorial consultant for dozens of medical journals. With her significant contributions, Dr. Jiang has received number of awards and NIH/NIMH grants.