Michael Wang, MD, FACS USA

Dr. Michael Y. Wang, MD, FACS, is chief of neurosurgery at the University of Miami Hospital, where he also serves as spine neurosurgery fellowship director and is a professor with tenure of the Departments of Neurosurgery and Rehab Medicine.

Dr. Wang was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and spent his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia. He then attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California where received both his BS and MD degrees. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California/LA County General Hospital and Fellowship at the University of Miami under Drs. Barth Green and Allan Levi. He then went on to become the Spine Program Director and Spine Fellowship Director at the USC. In 2007 he moved to South Florida and currently serves as a Professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is the Director of Neurosurgery at University of Miami Hospital and the Spine Fellowship Director.

Dr. Wang has been an advocate for neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons. He was elected to the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Executive Committee in 2003, and in the AANS he has served as Local Host for the 2010 Annual Meeting, on the Member Benefits Committee, the Joint Sponsorship Committee, the AANS Development Committee, the International Committee, and the Scientific Program Committee. In the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves he has served as Chair of the Committees on Publications, Education, Fellowship, and Exhibits. He has been Scientific Program Chair, Annual Meeting Chair, and Treasurer. In the CNS he has served as the Membership Chair and Public Relations Chair. He has been Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons (SUNS). Within the North American Spine Society (NASS) he served as the Chair of the MIP (minimally invasive procedures). He has served in numerous other leadership roles in the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (ISASS), Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), the USA Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society, and the International Spine Study Group (ISSG).

Dr. Wang sat on several editorial review boards, including Neurosurgery, The Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques, World Neurosurgery, Acta Neurochirurgica, Spinal Cord, the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, Neurosurgical Focus, Contemporary Spine Surgery, and the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. His research and clinical interests include minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal deformity, new technologies, ERAS, robotics, and spinal cord injury biomarkers. He has edited 9 medical textbooks and authored over 600 publications in the medical literature, over 170 of which are peer-reviewed.

Licensure & Certifications:

  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons Maintenance of Certification completed (2016-26)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS) (2007-2018)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgeons (2006)
  • Florida Medical License since 5/1/01 #ME82367
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certification 10/2000
  • Neurological Surgery written Board Examination, passed 1998
  • California Medical License since 1998 #A065611
  • California State Fluoroscopy license (1999-2002)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification 1996

Recent Awards & Honorary Visiting Lectureships

  • Grand Rounds Lecturer, Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts, November 19, 2018
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Louisville Spine Symposium, Louisville, Kentucky, September 21, 2018
  • Visiting Professor, University of California at San Diego Department of Neurological Surgery, San Diego, California, June 8, 2018
  • Visiting Professor, Syracuse University Department of Neurological Surgery, Syracuse, New York, April 25, 2018
  • Grand Rounds Lecturer, University of Kentucky at Lexington School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Lexington, Kentucky, March 8, 2018
  • Visiting Professor, University of Oklahoma Department of Neurological Surgery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 12, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, North Carolina Spine Society, Charlotte, North Carolina, August 18-20, 2017
  • Visiting Professor, Weill Cornell Medical School Department of Neurological Surgery, New York, New York, March 27, 2017
  • Distinguished Speaker at the 68th Annual Southern Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, February 25, 2017
  • Visiting Professor, Louisiana State University Department of Neurological Surgery, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 25, 2017
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia University Department of Neurological Surgery, New York, New York, November 3, 2016
  • Invitė d’honneur & Journėe scientifique du Service de Neurochirurgie, Universitė de Genėve, June 7-9, 2016
  • Visiting Professor, Cleveland Clinic Department of Spinal Surgery, Cleveland, Ohio, June 3, 2016
  • Visiting Professor, Rush University School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, Chicago, Illinois, December 16, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurological Surgery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Neurological Surgery, San Antonio, Texas, August 14, 2015
  • Recipient, the Dalton Dietrich Miami Project Translational Research Award, June 20, 2015
  • Guest Speaker, ASIA Spine 2015 & the 14th Annual Meeting of the Taiwan Neurosurgical Spine Society, Taipei, Taiwan ROC, June 13-14, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University Peter Bent Brigham Hospital Department of Neurological Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts, June 4, 2015

Education & employment

  • 6/15 to present: Director of Neurosurgery, University of Miami Hospital
  • 6/15 to present: Spine Fellowship Director, University of Miami Department of Neurosurgery, University of Miami
  • 6/12 to present: Professor with Tenure, Departments of Neurosurgery & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • 7/07 to 5/12: Associate Professor with Tenure, Departments of Neurosurgery & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • 3/06 to 7/07: Associate Program Director, Acute Spinal Cord Model System, Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, Los Angeles
  • 3/06 to 7/07: Chief, Spine Surgery Program, Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, Los Angeles
  • 1/05 to 7/07: Spine Program Director, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 7/03 to 7/07: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 7/02 to 7/03: Resident Supervisor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 7/01 to 7/02: Neurosurgery Spine Fellow, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami
  • 6/97 to 7/01: Neurosurgery Resident, LA County + University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 6/96 to 6/97: Surgical Internship, LA County + University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 9/91 to 6/96: Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, Calif. Graduated: MD June 1996
  • 9/90 to 6/91: UCLA School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, Los Angeles
  • 9/88 to 8/90: Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. BS, Microbiology & Immunology. Graduation with distinction (1991)
  • 9/87 to 6/88: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.