Timothy Wang, MD

Education

Duke University '13
Duke University School of Medicine '17

Honors & Awards

2020 Duke Neurosurgery Residency Best Clinician Award

2020 Alpha Omega Alpha Society Member

2020 AANS/NREF Resident Travel Grant for European Association of Neurosurgical Societies Spine Course 

2019 DePuy Synthes AO Spine Research Travel and Educational Grant

2019 Young Investigator Award, Society of Lateral Access Surgery 2019 Annual Meeting

2018 North Carolina Spine Society Residency Research Grant

2018 Basic Science Runner-Up Abstract at Southern Neurosurgical Society 2018 Annual Meeting

2017 Dean Nancy Andrews’ Travel Scholarship, Duke University School of Medicine

2016-2017 William G. Anlyan Merit Scholarship, Duke University School of Medicine

2013 NASS 2013 Outstanding Paper Award: Clinical outcomes following surgical management of coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis: a cohort-controlled analysis

2012 Cleveland Clinic Spine Surgery Research Fellow Scholarship

2013 Duke University Independent Study Research Grant 2012

2009-2013 Dean’s List 4 of 8 semesters, Dean’s List with Distinction 2 of 8 semesters

2009 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award (District)

2009 Revere High School Men’s Soccer Senior Scholarship

Leadership

2013-2014 Duke Davison Council Curriculum Committee Representative

2017 Duke University Medical Center Joint Spine Chairman Search Committee Member 

Research Interests

Spine surgery, clinical outcomes, minimally invasive techniques

Hobbies

Weightlifting, college basketball and college football, Cleveland Pro Sports Teams

In-Press Manuscripts

1. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Shaffrey CI, Abd-El-Barr MM, Than KD. The impact of instrumentation and implant surface technology on cervical and thoracolumbar fusion. Operative Neurosurgery. 2020 PMID: pending. 

2. Wang TY, Hamouda F, Sankey EW, Mehta VA, Yarbrough CK, Lark R, Abd-el-Barr MM. Effect of instrument navigation on C-arm radiation and time during spinal procedures: a clinical evaluation. International Journal of Spine Surgery 14(2):June 2020 PMID: pending

3. Ahmed AK, Howell E, Harward S, Sankey EW, Ehresman J, Schilling A, Wang TY, Pennington Z, Gray LL, Sciubba DM, Goodwin CR. Split cord malformation in adults: Literature review and classification. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 2020. PMID: 32146230

4. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Than, KD, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Gupta DK, Abd-El-Barr MM. Awake, percutaneous transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with expandable cage and robotic-assisted navigation and instrumentation: case report and review of literature. Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery 2020. 

5. Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Wang TY, Howell E, Goodwin CR, Levy JH, Friedman AH. Restarting Therapeutic Anticoagulation After Elective Craniotomy for Patients with Chronic Atrial Fibrillation: A Review of the Literature. World Neurosurgery 2020 May;137:130-136.  PMID: 32036067

6. Wang TY, Karikari, IO, Amrhein TJ, Gray LL, Kranz PG. Clinical Outcomes Following Surgical Ligation of Cerebrospinal Fluid-Venous Fistula in Patients With Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension: A Prospective Case Series. Operative Neurosurgery. 2020 Mar 1;18(3):239-245. PMID: 31134267

7. Wang TY, Hamouda F, Sankey EW, Mehta VA, Yarbrough CK, Abd-El-Barr MM. Computer-assisted instrument navigation versus conventional C-arm fluoroscopy for surgical instrumentation: Accuracy, radiation time, and radiation exposure. American Journal of Roentgenology 2019 Sep;213(3):651-658. PMID: 31063421

8. Purvis TE, Wang TY, Sankey EW, Frank SM, Goodwin CR, Sciubba DM. Defining usage and clinical outcomes following perioperative fresh frozen plasma and platelet administration in spine surgery patients. Clinical Spine Surgery. 2019 Jun;32(5):E246-E251. PMID: 30864971

9. Wang TY, Harward II SC, Tsvankin V, Bell H, Charalambous L, Adil SM, Englot DJ, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE, Krucoff MO. Neurological outcomes following surgical or conservative management of spontaneous spinal epidural abscesses: a systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 1980 through 2016. Clinical Spine Surgery. 2019 Feb;32(1):18-29. PMID: 30589647

10. Nayar G, Wang TY, Sankey EW, Berry-Candelario J, Elsamadicy AA, Back AG, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE. Minimally invasive lateral access surgery and reoperation rates: A multi-institution retrospective review of 2060 patients. World Neurosurgery 2018 Aug;116:e744-e749. PMID: 29787875

11. Nayar G, Blizzard DJ, Wang TY, Cook S, Vincent D, Karikari IO. Pedicle Screw Placement Accuracy using Ultra Low Radiation Imaging with Image Enhancement versus Conventional Fluoroscopy in Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS-TLIF): An Internally Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2018 Feb;28(2):186-193.  PMID: 29192879

12. Martin JR, Wang TY, Loriaux D, Desai R, Kuchibhatla M, Karikari IO, Bagley CA, Gottfried ON. Race as a predictor of postoperative hospital readmission after spine surgery. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2017 Dec;46:21-25 PMID: 28893507

13. Wang TY, Gautam N, Brown CR, Pimenta L, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE. Bony Lateral Recess Stenosis and Other Radiographic Predictors of Failed Indirect Decompression via Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF): Multi-Institutional Analysis of 101 Consecutive Spinal Levels. World Neurosurgery 2017 Oct;106:819-826 PMID: 28735130

14. Elsamadicy AA, Wang TY, Back AG, Reddy GB, Lydon E, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON. Post-operative delirium is an independent predictor of 30-day hospital readmission after spine surgery in the elderly (>65 yrs old): A study of 453 consecutive elderly spine surgery patients. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2017. Jul;41:128-131. PMID: 28262398

15. Wang TY, Back AG, Hompe E, Wall K, Gottfried ON. Impact of surgical site infection and surgical debridement on lumbar arthrodesis: a single-institution analysis of incidence and risk factors. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2017 May;39:164-169. PMID: 28202380

16. Elsamadicy AA, Wang TY, Back AG, Sergesketter A, Warwick H, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON. Impact of Intra-Operative Steroids on Post-Operative Infection Rates and Length of Hospital Stay: A Study of 1200 Spine Surgery Patients. World Neurosurgery. Dec;96:429-433. PMID: 27667578

17. Wang TY, Farber SH, Perkins SS, Back AG, Byrd SA, Chi D, Vincent D, Karikari IO. An internally randomized control trial of radiation exposure using ultra-low radiation imaging versus traditional C-arm fluoroscopy for patients undergoing single-level minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Spine. 2016 Feb 15;42(4):217-223. PMID: 28207655

18. Wang TY, Martin JR, Loriaux DB, Desai R, Adogwa O, Moreno J, Kuchibhatla M, Bagley CA, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON. Risk assessment and characterization of 30-day perioperative myocardial infarction following spine surgery: a retrospective analysis of 1346 consecutive adult patients. Spine. 2016 Mar;41(5):438-44. PMID: 26693673

19. Desai R, Nayar G, Suresh V, Wang TY, Loriaux D, Martin JR, Gottfried ON. Independent predictors of mortality following spine surgery: a single-institution analysis of 1344 consecutive adult patients. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Jul;29:100-5.PMID: 26928158

20. Wang TY, Sakamoto JT, Nayar G, Suresh V, Loriaux D, Desai R, Martin J, Moreno JR, Bagley CA, Karikari O, Gottfried ON. Independent predictors of 30-day perioperative deep vein thrombosis in 1346 consecutive spine surgery patients. World Neurosurgery. 2015 Dec;84(6):1605-12. PMID: 26171892

21. Wang TY, Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Rates of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion after initial posterior cervical foraminotomy. Spine J. 2015 May 1;15(5):971-6. PMID: 23871122

22. Galimberti F, Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Wang TY, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. A Systematic Review of Lumbar Fusion Rates with and without the use of rhBMP-2. Spine. 2015 Jul 15;40(14):1132-1139. PMID: 25955186

23. Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Alvin MD, Wang TY, Nowacki AS, Steinmetz MP, Ransohoff RM, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Clinical outcomes following surgical management of coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis: a cohort-controlled analysis. Spine J. 2014 Feb 1;14(2):331-7 PMID: 24239804

Book Reviews

1. Wang TY, Than KD, Navigation and robotics in spine surgery by Alexander Vaccaro, Jaykar R. Panchmatia, I. David Kaye, Srinivas K. Prasad. Thieme 2020.

Published Book Chapters

1. Wang TY, Mehta V, Berry-Candelario J, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE. Disease specific minimally invasive approaches: Lumbar spondylolisthesis. F.M. Phillips et al. (eds.), Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Springer Science+Business Media New York Dec 2018 3rd edition. p: .

Projects Selected for Oral Presentations

1. Wang TY, Hamoudah F, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Than KD, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr MM. Operative time and learning curve between conventional fluoroscopy, fluoroscopy-based instrument navigation, and robot-assisted instrumentation in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF). AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2020

2. Mehta VA, Wang TY, Sankey EW, Bwensa A, Gabr M, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr MM, Percutaneous Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Short Term Radiographical and Quality of Life Outcomes.” AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2020

3. Mehta VA, Wang, TY, Sankey EW, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr, MM. Radiographic Results and Technical Feasibility of Percutaneous Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion with an Expandable Cage. Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) 2019

4. Wang TY, Babu R, Goodwin CR. The influence of spinopelvic parameters on infection rates following lumbar spine surgery. AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve Disorders 2019

5. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Bwensa A, Gabr M, Howell E, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr MM. Percutaneous transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with expandable cage through Kambin’s triangle: initial results and feasibility. AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve Disorders 2019

6. Wang TY, Karikari IO, Amrhein T, Gray L, Kranz PG. Clinical Outcomes Following Surgical Obliteration of Cerebrospinal Fluid Venous Fistula in Patients with Intracranial Hypotension: A Prospective Study. AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve Disorders 2019

7. Howell E, Gabr M, Villalobos D, Wang TY, Tuoko E, Painter B, Bwensa A, Abd-El-Barr M, Karikari I, Goodwin CR. Impact of Bracing after Thoracolumbar Spinal Fusion: A Systematic Review. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting 2019. 

8. Wang TY, Purvis TE, Sankey EW, Molina CA, Frank SM, Sciubba DM, Goodwin CR. Defining usage and clinical outcomes following perioperative fresh frozen plasma (FFP) administration in the spine surgery population. AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve Disorders 2018

9. Wang TY, Mehta V, Sankey EO, Hamouda F, Uribe J, Abd-El-Barr MM. Accuracy, radiation time, and radiation exposure using computer-assisted instrument navigation vs. conventional c-arm fluoroscopy for spine surgery instrumentation. Southern Neurosurgical Society 2018

10. Wang TY, Harward II SC, Tsvankin V, Bell H, Charalambous L, Adil SM, Englot DJ, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE, Krucoff MO. Neurological outcomes following surgical or conservative management of spontaneous spinal epidural abscesses: a systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 1980 through 2016. AANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve Disorders 2018, Southern Neurosurgical Society 2018

11. Nayar G, Wang TY, Back A, Isaacs RE. Minimally Invasive Lateral Access Surgery and Long-term Rate of Reoperation. Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 2017

12. Nayar G, Wang TY, Back A, Isaacs RE. Lateral Access Surgery and 30-Day Readmissions and Reoperations. Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 2017 

13. Nayar G, Malone K, Wang TY, Isaacs RE. Surgical site infections in standalone lateral interbody fusion: Analysis of a prospective, multi-center patient outcomes registry. Society of Lateral Access Surgery 10th Annual Meeting 2017, Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2017

14. Nayar G, Blizzard DJ, Wang TY, Cook S, Vincent D, Karikari IO. Pedicle screw placement accuracy using ultra low radiation imaging with image enhancement versus conventional fluoroscopy in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF): An internally randomized controlled trial. Society for Lateral Access Surgery 10th Annual Meeting 2017

15. Nayar G, Malone K, Wang TY, Isaacs RE. Minimally invasive lateral access surgery and readmissions: A single institution study of 559 Patients. Society of Lateral Access Surgery 10th Annual Meeting 2017

16. Nayar G, Malone K, Wang TY, Isaacs RE. Outcomes stratified by diagnosis and fixation type in lateral interbody fusion: Analysis of prospective multi-center patient outcomes registry. Society of Lateral Access Surgery 10th Annual Meeting 2017

17. Nayar G, Blizzard DJ, Wang TY, Cook S, Vincent D, Karikari IO. Pedicle Screw Placement Accuracy using Ultra Low Radiation Imaging with Image Enhancement versus Conventional Fluoroscopy in Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS-TLIF): An Internally Randomized Controlled Trial. American Academy of Neurological Surgeons 2017

18. Martin J, Wang TY, Adogwa O, Loriaux D, Desai R, Kuchibhatla M, Karikari I, Bagley CA, Gottfried ON. Race as a Predictor of Postoperative Hospital Readmission after Spine Surgery Wang TY, Back AG, Hompe E, Wall K, Gottfried ON. Impact of surgical site infection and surgical debridement on lumbar arthrodesis: a single-institution analysis of incidence and risk factors. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2016

19. Wang TY, Brown CR, Pimenta L, Isaacs RE. Bony Lateral Recess Stenosis and Additional Radiographic Predictors of Inadequate Indirect Decompression via Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF): A Multi-Institutional Analysis of 101 Consecutive Spinal Levels. North American Spine Society 2016, Society of Lateral Access Surgery 10th Annual Meeting 2017

20. Wang TY, Shammas RL, Chi D, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON, Isaacs RE. Clinical outcomes between geriatric and non-geriatric patients undergoing extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF). Southern Neurosurgical Society 2016

21. Wang TY, Martin JR, Loriaux DB, Desai R, Adogwa O, Moreno J, Kuchibhatla M, Bagley CA, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON. Risk assessment and characterization of 30-day perioperative myocardial infarction following spine surgery: a retrospective analysis of 1346 consecutive adult patients. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2015

22. Loriaux D, Wang TY, Martin JR, Gottfried ON. Risk assessment for 30-day perioperative stroke following spine surgery: a retrospective cohort analysis of 1346 consecutive adult patients. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2015

23. Wang TY, Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Rates of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion after initial posterior cervical foraminotomy. North American Spine Society 2013, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2013

24. Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Alvin MD, Wang TY, Nowacki AS, Steinmetz MP, Ransohoff RM, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Clinical outcomes following surgical management of coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis: a cohort-controlled analysis. North American Spine Society 2013, Global Spine Congress 2014

Poster presentations

1. Mehta VA, Wang TY, Howell E, Sankey EW, Ramirez L, Brown CR, Goodwin CR, Isaacs RE, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr MM. Characterization and Rate of Symptomatic Adjacent Segment Disease Following Index Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion: A Single-Institution, Multi-Surgeon Analysis. American Academy of Neurological Surgeons 2020. 

2. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Goodwin CR, Karikari IK, Abd-el-Barr MM. Rate and risk factors for symptomatic adjacent segment disease following extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF): A multi-surgeon, single-institutional analysis. Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) 2019, Congress of Neurological Surgery 2019

3. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Bwensa A, Goodwin CR, Abd-El-Barr, MM, Karikari IO. Utility of postoperative bracing in patients undergoing long-segment fusion for idiopathic adult spinal deformity. North Carolina Spine Society 2019

4. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr, MM. Radiographic Results and Technical Feasibility of Percutaneous Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion with an Expandable Cage. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 19-23, 2019

5. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr, MM. Characterization and Rate of Symptomatic Adjacent Segment Disease Following Index Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion: A Single-institution, Multi-surgeon Analysis. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 19-23, 2019

6. Howell EP*, Younus I*, Babu R, Sankey EW, Mehta V, Wang TY, Dalton T, Abd-El-Barr MM, Karikari IO, Goodwin CR. “Influence of Spinopelvic Parameters on Surgical Site Infection Rates Following Lumbar Spine Surgery.” Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 19-23, 2019 

7. Ahmed AK, Howell EP, Harward S, Sankey E, Mehta V, Ehresman J, Schilling A, Wang TY, Pennington Z, Sciubba DM, Goodwin CR. “Classification and Review of Adult Split Cord Malformations.” Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 19-23, 2019.

8. Howell E, Ahmed AK, Purvis T, Sankey E, Wang T, Sciubba D, Muh C, Goodwin CR. Pediatric Diastematomyelia: Describing a Rare Patient Population. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting 2019.  

9. Howell E, Ahmed, AK, Purvis T, Sankey E, Wang T, Sciubba D, Muh C, Goodwin CR. Split Cord Malformation in an Adult Population. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

10. Elsamadicy AA, Wang TY, Back AG, Sergesketter A, Warwick H, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON. Impact of Intra-Operative Steroids on Post-Operative Infection Rates and Length of Hospital Stay: A Study of 1200 Spine Surgery Patients. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2016 

11. Elsamadicy AA, Wang TY, Back AG, Reddy GB, Lydon E, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON. Post-operative delirium is an independent predictor of 30-day hospital readmission after spine surgery in the elderly (>65 yrs old): A study of 453 consecutive elderly spine surgery patients. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2016

12. Wang TY, Pimenta L, Chi D, Byrd SA, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE. Radiographic Predictors of Clinical Improvement Following Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF): A Multi-Institutional Analysis of 101 Consecutive Levels. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2016

13. Wang TY, Sakamoto JT, Nayar G, Suresh V, Loriaux D, Desai R, Martin J, Moreno JR, Bagley CA, Karikari O, Gottfried ON. Independent predictors of 30-day perioperative deep vein thrombosis in 1346 consecutive spine surgery. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2015, European Association of Neurological Societies 2015

14. Wang TY, Martin JR, Loriaux DB, Desai R, Adogwa O, Moreno J, Kuchibhatla M, Bagley CA, Karikari IO, Gottfried ON. Risk assessment and characterization of 30-day perioperative myocardial infarction following spine surgery: a retrospective analysis of 1346 consecutive adult patients. Congress of Neurological Surgery 2015

15. Wang TY, Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Rates of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion after initial posterior cervical foraminotomy. Global Spine Congress 2013, Cervical Spine Research Society 2013

16. Desai R, Wang TY, Gottfried ON. Independent predictors of mortality following spine surgery: a single-institution analysis of 1344 consecutive adult patients. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2015

17. Desai R, Wang TY, Gottfried ON. Independent Predictors of 30-day Delirium after Spine Fusion Surgery. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2015.

18. Wang TY, Gottfried ON. Pulmonary embolism following spine surgery: A single-institution analysis of 1326 consecutive spine patients. Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2015.

Current IRB Studies

Utility of postoperative bracing in patients undergoing long-segment spinal fusion for adult scoliosis

Utility of diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients in the differentiation between primary cerebral lymphoma and glioblastoma multiforme

Utility of diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients in the differentiation between pediatric posterior fossa tumors

Perioperative and postoperative complications following cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine surgery

A Prospective multi-Center Randomized Evaluation of the Clinic and Radiographic Outcomes of XLIF Compared with MAS TLIF for the Treatment of Symptomatic Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis with or without Central Stenosis

SOLAS Spinal Surgery Registry: Prospective Clinical and Radiographic Outcome Data Collection in Degenerative, Deformity and Trauma Patients

Prospective outcomes assessment of patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension caused by cerebrospinal fluid venous fistula treated with surgical ablation