Michael Y. Wang, M.D.

Chief of Neurosurgery, University of Miami Hospital

Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

Michael Wang, M.D.

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
1095 NW 14th Terrace (R-48)
Miami, FL 33136


Research Interests

Areas Of Research



Dr. Michael 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 B.S. and M.D. degrees. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California/LA County general Hospital and 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.

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, and the International Committee. In the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves he has served as Chair of the Publications, Education, Fellowship, and Exhibits Committees and is the current Scientific Program Chair. He is also the Membership Chair and Public Relations Chair of the Congress of Neurosurgeons. Dr. Wang serves 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, and the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.

Dr. Wang’s research and clinical interests include minimally invasive spinal surgery, intradural spinal surgery, spinal deformity, clinical outcomes and trials, and spinal cord injury. He has edited 5 medical textbooks and authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the medical literature.

Spinal Cord Injury Outcomes

My primary research has been in the investigation of SCI Outcomes. I work with Miami Project researchers Drs. Allan Levi and Barth Green in studying the clinical effects of Hypothermia.

Currently, a multi-center randomized, prospective study on the effects of hypothermia in SCI is planned.

In addition, I am studying the clinical application of SCI biomarkers to predict the effects of both injuries as well as therapeutic interventions with Drs. Dalton Dietrich and Ross Bullock.


Dalton Dietrich Miami Project Translational Research Award
AANS Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerves Larson Award in Spine or Spinal Cord Research
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