Research & Publications
Dr. Whang is an Associate Professor in the Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Harvard University and his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and received specialized fellowship training in orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal surgery at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Whang is particularly interested in novel spinal technologies and his practice focuses on minimally invasive surgeries and motion-sparing/nonfusion procedures. Dr. Whang is actively involved in various areas of research including the biology of spinal fusion, bone grafting substitutes, and evidence-based medicine. He is also involved in the development of new spinal implants and techniques for which reason he has been an investigator for numerous clinical trials. Dr. Whang is on the editorial staff of several publications and serves on multiple committees for the National Association of Spine Surgeons (NASS). In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Whang devotes much of his time to the teaching of fellows, residents, medical students in the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Whang welcomes the opportunity to work closely with patients and referring physicians alike. He is readily available for consultations regarding any type of spinal concerns e sees patients at the Yale Physicians Building in New Haven as well as satellite offices in Guilford and Milford. He may be contacted through his office at (203) 785-2584.
Education & Training
- FellowThe Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (2006)
- ResidentUniversity of California - Los Angeles (2005)
- InternUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA General Surgery (2000)
- MDDuke University (1999)
- BAHarvard College (1995)
- SI joint fusion: What’s the evidence?Philadelphia, PA, United States 2017Philadelphia Spine Summit
- Minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using triangular titanium implants: pooled analysis of prospective clinical trialsHobart, TAS, Australia 2017Annual Meeting of Spine Society of Australia
- Basics of cervical trauma: Pre-hospital management and management in the emergency roomToronto, ON, Canada 2016Annual meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society
- The team approach to managing pain in the ASC setting.Las Vegas, NV, United States 2016Annual meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Lateral-based sacroliliac joint fusion systems.Hamburg, HH, Germany 20162nd International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
- The downside of a successful sacroiliac joint fusion – does adjacent segment degeneration exist?Hamburg, HH, Germany 20162nd International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
- Does level of response to sacroiliac joint block really guide us as to which patient we should fuse?Hamburg, HH, Germany 20162nd International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
- L5-S1 lytic spondylolisthesis: the case for OLIF.Miami, FL, United States 2016Summer meeting of the North American Spine Society
- Complications – how safe if cervical TDR?Miami, FL, United States 2016Summer Meeting of the North American Spine Society
- Examining the in vivo osseous conductive properties of a PEEK-zeolite biomaterial composite in a rabbit femoral defect model.Miami, FL, United States 2016Summer Meeting of the North American Spine Society
- Anterior and posterior vertebral artery injury: risk, avoidance, and treatment.Burr Ridge, IL, United States 2016Anterior and posterior vertebral artery injury: risk, avoidance, and treatment. North American Spine Society Cervical Spine Surgery, Burr Ridge, IL, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
- Laminectomy and fusion: indications and technique.Burr Ridge, IL, United States 2016Laminectomy and fusion: indications and technique. North American Spine Society Cervical Spine Surgery, Burr Ridge, IL, April 2016 (Podium presentation)
- Biological implantsPark City, UT, United States 2016Evidence and Technology Spine Summit
- Minimally invasive spine surgery – How, when and why?Park City, UT, United States 2016Evidence and Technology Spine Summit