Michael Wang

TOPIC: Awake paralysis – the heart of AAGA PTSD


  • MSc(Clin.Psy), PhD, C. Psychol., FBPsS
  • Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology; Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist
    University of Leicester; University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust BSc(Hons)


Michael Wang is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology in the College of Medicine, Biological Science and Psychology, University of Leicester UK, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management at Leicester Royal Infirmary UK. He is a former Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. He has worked as a clinical psychologist for more than 35 years, treating patients with PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, obsessional compulsive disorder, and in particular, psychological problems arising from unplanned anaesthetic and surgical incidents. He has worked closely with anaesthetists in both clinical and research contexts for more than 20 years. Alongside Dr Ian Russell he has championed the Isolated Forearm Technique as the gold standard for detecting intra-operative consciousness. In 2004 he organized the 6th International Symposium on Memory and Awareness in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, and has published numerous papers and book chapters on this topic. He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1999 in recognition of this work. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has written invited chapters in anaesthetic texts and is an invited co-author of a Cochrane review on the prevention of anaesthetic awareness. He is a member of the expert advisory panel on depth of anaesthesia monitoring of the National Institute of Clinical Health Excellence (NICE) and also of the joint Royal College of Anaesthetists/Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland national audit project on anaesthetic awareness (NAP5). In 2015 he was awarded the Humphry Davy Medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for his contributions to the understanding of accidental awareness under general anaesthesia.


  • Messina AG, Wang M, Ward MJ, Wilker CC, Smith BB, Vezina DP, Pace NL. 2016

Anaesthetic interventions for prevention of awareness during surgery.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 18;10:CD007272

  • Wang, M, Messina, A, Russell I 2012

The topography of awareness: a classification of intra-operative cognitive states.

Anaesthesia 67:1197-1201 

  • Wang, M, Deeprose, C, Andrade, J, Russell, I 2013

Psychology in the operating theatre: What can general anaesthesia tell us about consciousness, learning and memory?

The Psychologist 26: 498-5001

  • Russell, I., Wang, M. 2014

Isolated forearm and consciousness

Anaesthesia 69: 78-80

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