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Michael Y. Wang, M.D., FACS

General Information

Michael Y. Wang, M.D., FACS

Languages

  • English

Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

CV

Specialties

  • Neurological Surgery

Roles

  • Professor Neurological Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Clinical Interests

Minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal cord tumors, total disc replacement, spinal reconstruction, syringomyelia, spinal cord injury, and surgery for neuropathic pain.

Research Interests

Use of robotics in spinal surgery, resorbable spinal implants, the treatment of cervical myelopathy, and the development of new osteobiologic agents to promote spinal fusion

Awards

Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
Larson Award
Mayfield Award
Western Neurosurgical Society Resident Research Award
Stanford Traveling Scholarship
American Federation for Clinical Research Medical Student Research Award
Stanford Department of Biological Sciences Award
Phi Beta Kappa
UCLA Epidemiology Fellowship

Education

2002 Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship
University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital
2001 Neurosurgery Residency
LA County & University of Southern California
1997 Surgical Internship
LA County & University of Southern California
1996 M.D.
Stanford University Medical School
1990 B.S.
Stanford University

Publications

  • Pub Med Publications
  • MY Wang & BS Oh. Syringomyelia, in TJ Albert, JY Lee, MR Lim (Eds): Cervical Spine Surgery Challenges: Diagnosis and Management. Thieme, New York, 202-206.
  • B Oh, MY Wang. Cervical anatomy & approaches, in Kim, Betz, Huhn, & Newton (Eds): Surgery of the Pediatric Spine, Thieme, New York, Ch 8.
  • G Zada & MY Wang. Spine tumors: surgery perspective, in Chin & Regine (Eds): Principles and Practice of Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Springer, New York, 443-454.
  • MY Wang. Dorsal approach to the craniocervical junction, in Wofla & Resnick (Eds): Neurosurgical Operative Atlas, Spine & Peripheral Nerve Thieme and AANS Publications, New York, 27-30.
  • CJ Aho & MY Wang. Pyogenic infections of the spine, in Vacarro & Anderson (Eds): Decision Making in Spinal Care, Thieme, New York, Ch 51: 339-343.
  • MY Wang, I Haq, BA Green. Chapter 39: Spinal cord trauma, in SM Cohn (ed): Complications in Surgery and Trauma, Informa, New York, pp. 491-499.
  • MY Wang, I Haq, BA Green. Chapter 39: Spinal cord trauma, in SM Cohn (ed): Complications in Surgery and Trauma, Informa, New York, pp. 491-499.
  • MY Wang, S Shah, BA Green. Surgical interventions after the acute phase of SCI in AP Amar (ed): Surgical Controversies in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Ch 14, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • MY Wang & C Laryussen. Anterior lumbar interbody fusion, in DH Kim, JS Henn, AR Vacarro, & CA Dickman (Eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine. Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 263-271.
  • MY Wang, BC Oh, CJ Aho. Lateral lumbar interbody fusion, in DH Kim, JS Henn, AR Vacarro, & CA Dickman (Eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine. Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 272-279.
  • A Farin & MY Wang. Posterior keyhole cervical foraminotomy, in DH Kim, JS Henn, AR Vacarro, & CA Dickman (Eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine. Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 164-168.
  • A Farin, CY Liu, & MY Wang. The transoral approach for ventral cervicomedullary decompression in rheumatoid arthritis, in DH Kim, JS Henn, AR Vacarro, & CA Dickman (Eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine. Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 297-304.
  • CY Liu, MY Wang, AP Amar, SL Giannotta. Residency and fellowship training objectives: Developing the neurovascular specialist of the future, in Lawton, Gress, & Higashida (Eds): Controversies in Neurological Surgery: Neurovascular Diseases. Thieme, New York, pp. 257-264.
  • LT Khoo, MY Wang, T Gravori. Endoscopic posterior fixation of the cervical spine, in Kim D, Fessler R, Regan J (Eds): Endoscopic Spine Surgery and Instrumentation. New York.
  • MY Wang & BA Green. Spinal cord trauma, in Rippe, Irwin, Cohn (Eds): Irwin and Rippe's Intensive Care Medicine, 5th Ed. Chapter 170, 1799-1806. Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
  • Wang MY, Levi ADO, Shah S, Green BA: Polylactic acid mesh reconstruction of the anterior iliac crest after bone harvesting reduces early postoperative pain after anterior cervical fusion surgery. Neurosurgery. 51: 413-416.

Biography

Dr. Michael Wang joins the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami after having served as the Spine Director at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and the Spine Fellowship Director at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center . Dr Wang specializes in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology and then received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Wang completed his residency training in Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California , and following his residency, he served as a fellow in spinal cord and spinal column surgery at the University of Miami Center for Complex Spine Surgery.

Dr. Wang has been a prolific researcher and has published over one hundred peer reviewed papers, book chapters, abstracts, and oral presentations. He has received both the distinguished Sanford Larson and Frank Mayfield Research Awards from the Joint Spine Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. His research areas include the use of robotics in spinal surgery, resorbable spinal implants, the treatment of cervical myelopathy, and the development of new osteobiologic agents to promote spinal fusion. He has innovated minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and, in particular, has been involved in the investigation and development of outcomes assessments in spinal surgery.

Dr. Wang is Board Certified in Neurological Surgery and his specialty interests include minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal cord tumors, total disc replacement, spinal reconstruction, syringomyelia, spinal cord injury, and surgery for neuropathic pain.

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