Timothy Wang, MD

Timothy Wang


Duke University '13
Duke University School of Medicine '17

Grants & Awards

2021           AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve Travel Grant--AlphaTec
2021           Duke Neurosurgery Residency Academic Scholarship Award
2021           Kuntz Scholar, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2020
2020           Duke Neurosurgery Residency Best Clinician Award
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
2016-17      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
2009-13       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


2020-21   Feagin Leadership Program, Duke University
2020-23   AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee Elected Member
2020        Alpha Omega Alpha Society Member
2017        Duke University Medical Center Joint Spine Chairman Search Committee Member
2013-14   Duke Davison Council Curriculum Committee Representative

Residency Publications

  1. Waguia R, Wang TY, Mehta VA, McCray E, Pennington Z, Dalton TE, Baeta C, Sciubba DM, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr MM, Goowin CR. Risk factors for prolonged length of stay in patients undergoing surgery for intramedullary spinal cord tumors. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. Accepted. PMID: pending
  2. Dalton TE, Donnelly D, Wang TY, Gupta D, Wiggins WF, Abd-El-Barr MM. Robotic-assisted trajectory into Kambin’s Triangle during percutaneous transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (percLIF)—Initial case series. Operative Neurosurgery. Accepted 6/15/21. PMID: pending
  3. 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. 2021 Jun 15;21(Supplement_1):S12-S22. PMID: 34128071
  4. Wang TY, Than KD. Commentary: Osteobiologics. Operative Neurosurgery. 2021 Jun 15;21 (Supplement_1):S10-S11. PMID: 34128061
  5. Wang TY, Than KD. Commentary: Outcomes of Surgical Treatment for 138 Patients With Severe Sagittal Deformity at a Minimum 2-Year Follow-up: A Case Series. Operative Neurosurgery. 2021 Jun 10:opab176. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34114028
  6. Wang TY, Than KD. Commentary: Expandable cage technology – TLIF, ALIF, LLIF. Operative Neurosurgery. 2021 Jun 15;21(Supplement_1):S81-S82. PMID: 34128062
  7. Wang TY, Than KD. Commentary: Optimizing visualization in endoscopic spine surgery. Operative Neurosurgery. 2021 Jun 15;21(Supplement_1):S67-S68. PMID: 34128060
  8. Wang TY, Than KD. Commentary: Surgery for degenerative cervical myelopathy: A nationwide registry-based observational study with patient reported. Neurosurgery. Accepted 6/10/2021. PMID: pending outcomes"
  9. Park C, Crutcher C, Mehta VA, Wang TY, Than KD, Karikari IO, Goodwin CR, Abd-El-Barr MM. Robotic-assisted percutaneous iliac screw fixation for destructive lumbosacral metastatic lesions: an early single-institution experience. Acta Neurochirurgica (Wien). 2021 Jun 15. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34129101
  10. Hamouda F, Wang TY, Gabr M, Mehta VA, Bwensa AM, Foster N, Than KD, Goodwin RC, Abd-El-Barr MM. A Prospective Comparison of the Impact of Instrument Tracking on Time and Radiation during Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion. World Neurosurgery. 2021 May 22:S1878-8750(21)00753-1. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34033952.
  11. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Than KD, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Isaacs RE, Abd-El-Barr MM. Characterization and rate of symptomatic adjacent-segment disease after index lateral lumbar interbody fusion: a single-institution, multisurgeon case series with long-term follow-up. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2021 May 21:1-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34020422.
  12. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Sankey EW, Lavoie S, Abd-El-Barr MM, Yarbrough CK. Operative time and learning curve between fluoroscopy-based instrumentation and robot-assisted instrumentation for patients undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF). Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 2021 Jul;206:106698. Epub 2021 May 19. PMID: 34030076
  13. Bergin SM*, Wang TY*, Park C, Rajkumar S, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr MM, Shaffrey CI, Yarbrough CK, Than KD. Pseudarthrosis rate following anterior cervical discectomy with fusion using an allograft cellular bone matrix: a multi-institutional analysis. Neurosurgical Focus. 2021 Jun;50(6):E6. *Denotes equal authorship. PMID: 34062497.
  14. Srinivasan E, Crutcher C, Wang TY, Grossi PM, Than KD. Two-Level Minimally Invasive Lumbar Laminectomy and Foraminotomy: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery. 2021 May 6:opab134. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33956988
  15. De la Garza Ramos R, Park C, McCray E, Price M, Wang TY, Dalton T, Baeta C, Erickson M, Foster N, Pennington Z, Shin J, Sciubba D, Than KD, Karikari IO, Shaffrey CI, Abd-El-Barr MM, Yassari R, Goodwin CR. Interhospital transfer status for spinal metastasis patients in the United States is associated with more severe clinical presentations and higher rates of inpatient complications. Neurosurgical Focus. 2021 May;50(5):E4. doi: 10.3171/2021.2.FOCUS201085. PMID: 33932934
  16. Wang TY, Than KD. Commentary: Patterns and impact of EHR-defined depression phenotypes in spine surgery. Neurosurgery. 2021 Apr 16;nyab116. PMID: 33862630
  17. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Gabr M, Sankey EW, Bwensa A, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Chi JH, Abd-El-Barr, MM. Percutaneous lumbar interbody fusion with an expandable cage through Kambin’s triangle: initial results and feasibility. International Journal of Spine Surgery. Accepted. PMID: pending
  18. Wang TY, Price M, Mehta VA, Bergin SM, Sankey EW, Gupta DK. Gottfried ON, Karikari IO, Than KD, Foster N, Erickson M, Goodwin CR, Shaffrey CI, Abd-El-Barr MM. Preoperative optimization for patients undergoing elective spine surgery. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 2021 Jan 13;202:106445. PMID: 33454498
  19. Mehta VA, Wang TY, Sankey EW, Goodwin CR, Abd-El-Barr MM, Karikari IO. Prevention of proximal junctional kyphosis and failure: Soft landings and tension band augmentation. Techniques in Orthopedics. January 19, 2021; Epub ahead of print.
  20. Wang TY, Than KD. Commentary: Multilevel Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Correction of Severe Rigid Adult Spinal Deformities: A Case Series, Indications, Considerations, and Literature Review. Operative Neurosurgery. 2020 Dec 29. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33373431.
  21. Wang TY, Mehta VA, Dalton T, Sankey EW, Goodwin CR, Karkari IO, Shaffrey CI, Than KD, Abd-El-Barr MM. Biomechanics, evaluation, and management of subaxial cervical spine injuries: a comprehensive review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 2020 Dec 3;S0967-5868(20)31620-9. PMID: 33281051
  22. Mehta VA, Belleghem FV, Jaykel M, Ramirez L, Price M, Wang TY, Erickson MM, Than KD, Gupta DK, Abd-El-Barr MM, Karikari IO, Shaffrey CI, Goodwin CR. Hematocrit as a predictor of preoperative transfusion-associated complications in spine surgery: A NSQIP study. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. 2020 Oct 23;106322. PMID: 33127163.
  23. Mehta VA, Spears CA, Abdelgadir J, Wang TY, Sankey EW, Griffin A, Goodwin CR, Zomorodi A. Management of unruptured incidentally found intracranial saccular aneurysms. Neurosurgical Review. 2020 Oct 6. doi: 10.1007/s10143-020-01407-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33025187.
  24. Sankey EW, Srinivasan ES, Mehta VA, Bergin SM, Wang TY, Thompson EM, Fecci PE, Friedman AH. Peri-operative Assessment of Cerebellar Masses and the Potential for Cerebellar Cognitive Affective Syndrome: A Review of the Literature. World Neurosurgery. 2020 Sep 16;S1878 8750(20)32056-8. PMID: 32949806
  25. Sankey EW, Mehta VA, Wang TY, Goodwin CR, Karikari IO, Abd-El-Barr MM, Shaffrey CI, Than KD. The medical legal impact of misplaced pedicle and lateral mass screws on spine surgery in the US. Neurosurgical Focus. 2020 Nov;49(5):E20 PMID: 33130620
  26. 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 2020 Jun 14(3)375-381 PMID: 32699760
  27. 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 Jun;193:105733. PMID: 32146230
  28. 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 Jun(20):100685.
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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. 2016 Dec;96:429-433. PMID: 27667578
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2016 Jul;29:100-5.PMID: 26928158
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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. The Spine Journal. 2014 Feb 1;14(2):331-7 PMID: 24239804

Book reviews

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

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.