Michael Y. Wang, MD, MBA, FAANS 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 served as Local Host for the 2010 Annual Meeting, Chair of NREF Development, member of the Committee on Diversity, Scientific Program Chair in 2022, and Annual Meeting Chair in 2023. In the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves (DSPN) he has served as Chair of the Section, Treasurer, and SPC/AMC. 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) and is a current Scientific Program Chair. He has served in numerous other leadership roles, including President-elect of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery (ISASS), Secretary & Treasurer of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), and President of the Spine Division of the USA Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society.
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. Dr. Wang has given over 1,000 lectures and presentations. He has edited 15 medical textbooks and authored over 800 publications in the medical literature, over 300 of which are peer-reviewed.