Assistant Dean of Medicine Program in Liberal Medical Education, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University
WU Nephrology Fellow, 2010-2012
WU Faculty, Division of Nephrology, 2012-2016
Judy Jang, MD, has returned to her alma mater that put her on an early path to a career in academic medicine. Jang is now the assistant dean of medicine for the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine. She graduated from the program in 2007.
“PLME is an eight-year program that accepts high school seniors into both the undergraduate College at Brown and then the Warren Alpert Medical School,” says Jang. “I love being able to advocate for and support the growth of students who are going through the same program I did.”
In her role overseeing the PLME program, Jang facilitates the academic, personal, and professional development advising for students who are moving from high school to undergraduate college and then medical school. Since 2017, she has guided more than 275 students. Outside of the PLME program, Jang also serves as a Mary B. Arnold Mentor for 40 additional students enrolled at Warren Alpert School of Medicine.
She was drawn to nephrology during residency at Washington University School of Medicine.
“Dave Windus and Stan Misler, both excellent teachers with completely different teaching styles, showed me the breadth and depth of nephrology,” she recalls. “A follow-up rotation on the renal transplant service cemented that nephrology was the right field for me.”
She has fond memories of her time as a fellow in the Division of Nephrology. She was a member of “Team Vijayan,” led by Anitha Vijayan, MD, and notes that her interest and passion for student advising and mentoring stems from interactions with her own mentors, including several at Washington University.
“I was fortunate to have clinical mentors in Brent Miller and Anitha Vijayan, whose longitudinal support through the years served as an anchor throughout my time as both a fellow and then as faculty in the WU Division of Nephrology from 2012 to 2016,” she says. “It was particularly inspiring to work alongside the amazing women in the division, as Anitha and also Tingting Li were strong role models for me.”
Prior to moving back to Rhode Island, one of her memories as a fellow at WU was learning about home dialysis. She looked forward to monthly peritoneal dialysis clinics with Daniel Coyne and said the home modalities nurses all had a “wealth of experience and knowledge.”
She adds, “Brent Miller was (and still is) an amazing mentor to me. He encouraged me to gain more experience and involved me in both clinical activities and research related to home dialysis.” In addition to her time with the PLME program, Jang also is a clinician in private practice in Fall River, Massachusetts. She and her husband, Albert, who is chief of pediatric plastic surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and director of its Cleft and Craniofacial Center, have two children. To relax, the family spends weekends exploring the local beaches in Rhode Island and, as she says with a laugh, “searching for the best lobster rolls in the area!”