As an adjunct Assistant Professor in The New School's Masters in Media Studies Program, Virgil has been teaching photography, film, and interactive media since fall 2000. He is also currently a PhD candidate in Columbia University's Cognitive Studies Program with a Concentration in Intelligent Technologies, where he is conducting research and developing new tools for the medical semantic web, anatomical avatars embodying patient medical records, and new digital healthcare portal systems.
As Head of Web & Multimedia, Virgil Wong founded and led the in-house interactive division for Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. For 15 years, he defined the Internet strategy for both institutions and created a portfolio of 120 web sites and over 76,000 web pages. WeillCornell.org was one of the first successful healthcare portal web sites in New York, which empowered patients with their own medical record information and the ability to interact with their doctors online. Virgil’s team has won nearly 50 eHealthcare Leadership Awards, the leading industry recognition for Internet and healthcare. In 2010, the Web & Multimedia group helped in part to raise over $100,000 online for Weill Cornell’s GHESKIO clinic after the earthquake disaster in Haiti. Virgil also served as co-chair of the Clinical & Translational Research Science Center (CTSC) Cross-Institutional Web Portal Working Group, whose primary mission is to leverage new technologies in rapidly moving advanced biomedical research from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.
As an independent artist and filmmaker, Virgil produced and co-directed Murmur, an experimental cardiopulmonary film that premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. In the previous year, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for an art and medicine exhibition called Corporeal Landscape. As a visual artist, he has exhibited installations, films, paintings, drawings, and prints visualizing the human body, medicine, and technology in galleries and museums around the world, including the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan; and Deitch Projects in New York City. For more information, please visit: virgilwong.com