Ming Tao Jiang, MD, PhD (姜铭涛博士）grew up in Shandong, China, the native place of the legendary Sun Liang, the Lord of Ginseng Digger (老把头孙良）. Dr. Jiang received his medical education in Shandong Medical University between 1979 – 1988 and later obtained his PhD in medical research (Physiology) in Ontario, Canada.
Before turning himself into a ginseng farmer in 2010, Dr. Jiang had been a medical scientist and professor in heart diseases for over 20 years. His research papers (1) have been cited over 1,000 times as of 2017 for his pioneering work on the understanding of heart function in aging, ischemia and failure. In 2006, his conceptual-breakthrough work on heart protection via mitochondrial messengers was characterized as an important milestone by an editorial from the American Journal of Physiology (2).
Dr. Jiang has been a resident of Wisconsin since 1996 with his family. In 2009, his family moved to Marathon County in Wisconsin, where his wife Dr. Lu practices medicine as a spine specialist serving the local ginseng farmers and other residents.
Living around the ginseng gardens in Marathon County has helped him better appreciate the medicinal benefits of Wisconsin ginseng, the treasured plants in traditional Chinese medicine. After ten years of hard work and many experiments, he has transformed himself into a skilled ginseng farmer, producing premium ginseng roots from 3 to 10 years old.
We invite you to share Dr. Jiang’s harvest and his quest for self-fulfillment and wellness for all.
Dr. Jiang has been featured by China’s national public television CCTV in a documentary series “Ginseng, The legends” as well as other Chinese language media in the US and China such as World Journal On Air.
He has been active in volunteering in the local communities. He was the founding editor of Milwaukee Chinese Times in 2007. He is a board member of Project Access Inc., a non-profit organization serving the medical needs of the underprivileged in Milwaukee, WI as well as the local Hmong American Center in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was a proud winner of top ten Outstanding Achievement Awards for his community services between 2009-2019 from Chicago China News and Digest in 2019 and US-China People’s Friendship Award in 2022. He was also a Winner of Top 40 Businesspersons for 40 Years of US China Trade by Sino US Times in CA in 2019.
He enjoys hunting for wild ginseng in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and entertaining friends from afar. You are welcome to join him for a special ginseng dinner the next time you’re in town.
- A list of Dr. Jiang’s research publications and citations
- An editorial about “An Important Milestone” research by Dr. Jiang
- American and Chinese Language press reports about Dr. Jiang
- Feature story from the World Journal Weekly (2011) “世界周刊特写” (2011)
- New York Times纽约时报(2020)Ginseng Trade with China
- Local TV report (2021) Frost Damage Spring 2021
- World on Air (2022) 世界日报访谈