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Irene Wang, PhD

Irene Wang, PhD
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Department Epilepsy Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages Chinese, English
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Epilepsy
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About Irene Wang, PhD

Dr. Irene Wang is Research Director and Staff Scientist at the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center, Joint Staff at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

The focus of Dr. Wang’s research is to advance surgical treatment of MRI-negative (nonlesional) epilepsy patients through novel imaging and neurophysiology techniques. Her specific research interests are: epilepsy imaging (3T and 7T structural MRI, MR fingerprinting), MRI post-processing (voxel-based and surface-based methods), as well as integration of multiple modalities used in pre-surgical evaluation. To date, her publications include 104 peer-reviewed papers and 12 book chapters featuring >2500 citations appearing in the ISI database. Dr. Irene Wang’s research has been featured on the cover of Brain, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of MRI and Clinical Neurophysiology. Her work has been highlighted many times on Epilepsy Currents, and more recently on Nature Reviews Neurology.

Dr. Wang has received several awards and grants from various funding agencies including National Institute of Health (NIH) R01. She is a charter member of Emerging Imaging Technologies in Neuroscience (EITN) study section. Dr. Wang also chairs the MRI Data Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Big Data Commission, and serves as a committee member of the Imaging Task Force of the ILAE Diagnostic Methods Commission.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Zhejiang University

Professional Highlights

  • Cover Image of Human Brain Mapping, December 2012 
  • Research highlighted on Epilepsy Currents, March/April 2016
  • Cover Image of Brain, November 2016 
  • Research highlighted on Epilepsy Currents, March/April 2017
  • Cover Image of Brain, July 2017
  • Cover Image of Journal of MRI, May 2019
  • Research highlighted on Epilepsy Currents, May/June 2020
  • Research highlighted on Nature Reviews Neurology
  • Cover Image of Clinical Neurophysiology, Dec 2021

Specialty Interests


Awards & Honors

  • American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award, 2013
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, 2016
  • Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Women’s Leadership Cohort, 2020-2022


  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Society of Neuroscience
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Clinical Magnetoencephalography Society
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/25/2023, Dr. Wang has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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