Peter Whang, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Research Departments & Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Evidence-Based Medicine; Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures; Orthopedics; Sacroiliac Joint; Spinal Fusion

Research Summary

Dr. Whang is actively involved in clinical and basic science research with a focus on the biology of spinal fusion and bone healing, bone grafting substitutes, and evidence-based medicine. He continues to present the results of his studies at a number of national and international meetings. He is also involved in the development of new spinal implants and techniques. At this time he is currently an investigator for various clinical trials. Dr. Whang is on the editorial staff of several publications and serves on multiple national committees. In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Whang devotes much of his time to the teaching of residents and medical students in the Yale School of Medicine.

Specialized Terms: Biology of spinal fusion; bone graft substitutes; Emerging technologies for spinal surgery; Motion-sparing/nonfusion techniques for spinal fusion; Evidence-based medicine

Activities

  • SI joint fusion: What’s the evidence? Annual Philadelphia Spine Summit, Philadelphia, PA, May 2017 (Podium presentation) Philadelphia, United States (2017)

  • Sturesson B, Dengler J, Polly D, Duhon B, Whang P, et al. Minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion using triangular titanium implants: pooled analysis of prospective clinical trials. Annual Meeting of Spine Society of Australia, Hobart, Australia, April 2017 (Podium presentation). Hobart, Australia (2017)

  • Basics of cervical trauma: Pre-hospital management and management in the emergency room. Annual meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society Meeting, Toronto, Canada, November 2016 (Podium presentation). Toronto, Canada (2016)

  • The team approach to managing pain in the ASC setting. Annual meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Las Vegas, NV, October 2016 (Podium presentation). Las Vegas, United States (2016)

  • Whang PG. Lateral-based sacroliliac joint fusion systems. 2nd International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery, Hamburg, Germany, September 2016 (Podium presentation). Hamburg, Germany (2016)

  • Whang PG. The downside of a successful sacroiliac joint fusion – does adjacent segment degeneration exist? 2nd International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery, Hamburg, Germany, September 2016 (Podium presentation). Hamburg, Germany (2016)

  • Whang PG. Does level of response to sacroiliac joint block really guide us as to which patient we should fuse? 2nd International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint Surgery, Hamburg, Germany, September 2016 (Podium presentation). Hamburg, Germany (2016)

  • L5-S1 lytic spondylolisthesis: the case for OLIF. Summer Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Miami, FL, July 2016 (Podium presentation) Miami, United States (2016)

  • Complications – how safe if cervical TDR? Summer Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Miami, FL, July 2016 (Podium presentation) Miami, United States (2016)

  • Sankar S, Whang PG, Crudden JJ. Examining the in vivo osseous conductive properties of a PEEK-zeolite biomaterial composite in a rabbit femoral defect model. Summer Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Miami, FL, July 2016 (Poster presentation). Miami, United States (2016)

  • Anterior and posterior vertebral artery injury: risk, avoidance, and treatment. North American Spine Society Cervical Spine Surgery, Burr Ridge, IL, April 2016 (Podium presentation). Burr Ridge, United States (2016)

  • Laminectomy and fusion: indications and technique. North American Spine Society Cervical Spine Surgery, Burr Ridge, IL, April 2016 (Podium presentation) Burr Ridge, United States (2016)

  • Biological implants. North American Spine Society Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Park City, UT, February 2016 (Podium presentation). Park City, United States (2016)

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery – How, when and why? North American Spine Society Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Park City, UT, February 2016 (Podium presentation) Park City, United States (2016)

Selected Publications

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