Doris Wang MD, PhD

Doris Wang, MD, PhD, Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF


Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery





Dr. Doris Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Wang’s clinical interest is treating movement disorders using neuromodulation and ablative procedures. Her research focus is to study the neural architecture of human motor skill learning using an implanted, bidirectional DBS device and develop targeted, closed-loop therapies to restore motor skill learning in patients with brain diseases and injuries.

Dr. Wang completed her undergraduate studies in biology at Yale University, and her medical and doctoral degrees at UCSF. She completed her neurosurgery residency training at UCSF in 2017, where she developed an interest in functional neurosurgery. Following residency, Dr. Wang completed a one-year fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at UCSF under the guidance of Dr. Philip Starr, where she studied human network physiology of movement disorders.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

2004: Yale University
2009: PhD, Neuroscience Graduate Program, UCSF
2011: MD, Medical Scientist Training Program, UCSF
2011-2017: Residency, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
2017-2018: Clinical Fellowship, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
2018-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF

Professional Memberships

Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

Selected Honors and Awards

2018: American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Poster Award
2017: American Association of Neurological Surgeons Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award
2017: NIH-NINDS R25 Reserach Fellowship Award
2016: UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery Best Translational Research Presentation
2016: California Association of Neurological Surgeons Resident Board Member
2015: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Award
2015: NIH-NINDS R25 NINDS Research fellowship award
2014: UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery Best Clinical Presentation
2013: AANS: Top Gun 1st Place EVD Placement
2010: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Meeting Pediatrics Top Poster Award
2008: Genentech Graduate Fellowship
2006: American Epilepsy Foundation Pre-doctoral Research Training Fellowship
2004: Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship, UCSF
2004: Magna Cum Laude and Honors in MCDB, Yale University
2004: Ellsworth Prize in Natural Science Research, Yale University
2003: Yale Travel Fellowship: Rhea Plunkett Wagster Memorial Fellowship
2003: Yale-HHMI Future Scientist Program Fellowship
2003: Yale Science and Engineering Research Presentation Travel Prize
2003: Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
2002: Society for Neuroscience Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Award

Selected Recent Publications

Wang DD, de Hemptinne C, Miocinovic S, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, San Luciano M, Starr PA. Pallidal Deep-Brain Stimulation Disrupts Pallidal Beta Oscillations and Coherence with Primary Motor Cortex in Parkinson's Disease. J Neurosci. 2018 May 9;38(19):4556-4568. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0431-18.2018. Epub 2018 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 29661966; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5943981.

Wang DD, Deng H, Hervey-Jumper SL, Molinaro AA, Chang EF, Berger MS. Seizure Outcome After Surgical Resection of Insular Glioma. Neurosurgery. 2017 Nov 8. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyx486. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29126238.

Magill ST, Wang DD, Rutledge WC, Lau D, Berger MS, Sankaran S, Lau CY, Imershein SG. Changing Operating Room Culture: Implementation of a Postoperative Debrief and Improved Safety Culture. World Neurosurg. 2017 Nov;107:597-603. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.08.090. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 28843757.

Burkhardt JK, Haider AS, Rutledge WC, Wang D, Hannegan L, Lawton MT. Neurosurgical "Squeeze Play": Single Incision with Dual Ipsilateral Craniotomies Versus 2 Separate Approaches for Intracranial Aneurysm Treatment. World Neurosurg. 2017 Nov;107:554-558. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.08.032. Epub 2017 Aug 17. PubMed PMID: 28823661.

Clark AJ, Wang DD, Lawton MT. Spinal cavernous malformations. Handb Clin Neurol. 2017;143:303-308. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63640-9.00030-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 28552154.

Wang DD, Raygor KP, Cage TA, Ward MM, Westcott S, Barbaro NM, Chang EF. Prospective comparison of long-term pain relief rates after first-time microvascular decompression and stereotactic radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia. J Neurosurg. 2018 Jan;128(1):68-77. doi: 10.3171/2016.9.JNS16149. Epub 2017 Feb 24. PubMed PMID: 28298026.

Wang DD, Burkhardt JK, Magill ST, Lawton MT. Anterior Transposition of Anomalous Tortuous Vertebral Artery Causing Cervical Radiculopathy: A Report of 2 Cases and Review of Literature. World Neurosurg. 2017 May;101:289-295. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.01.129. Epub 2017 Feb 9. Review. PubMed PMID: 28192269.

Wang DD, de Hemptinne C, Miocinovic S, Qasim SE, Miller AM, Ostrem JL, Galifianakis NB, San Luciano M, Starr PA. Subthalamic local field potentials in Parkinson's disease and isolated dystonia: An evaluation of potential biomarkers. Neurobiol Dis. 2016 May;89:213-22. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2016.02.015. Epub 2016 Feb 14. PubMed PMID: 26884091; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4790450.

Englot DJ, Nagarajan SS, Wang DD, Rolston JD, Mizuiri D, Honma SM, Mantle M, Tarapore PE, Knowlton RC, Chang EF, Kirsch HE. The sensitivity and significance of lateralized interictal slow activity on magnetoencephalography in focal epilepsy. Epilepsy Res. 2016 Mar;121:21-8. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2016.01.009. Epub 2016 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 26871959; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4769925.

Wang DD, Knox R, Rolston JD, Englot DJ, Barkovich AJ, Tihan T, Auguste KI, Knowlton RC, Cornes SB, Chang EF. Surgical management of medically refractory epilepsy in patients with polymicrogyria. Epilepsia. 2016 Jan;57(1):151-61. doi: 10.1111/epi.13264. Epub 2015 Dec 9. PubMed PMID: 26647903; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5237579.

Rolston JD, Englot DJ, Wang DD, Garcia PA, Chang EF. Corpus callosotomy versus vagus nerve stimulation for atonic seizures and drop attacks: A systematic review. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Oct;51:13-7. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.06.001. Epub 2015 Aug 3. Review. PubMed PMID: 26247311; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5261864.

Wang DD, Huang MC. Cervicomedullary neurocysticercosis causing obstructive hydrocephalus. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Sep;22(9):1525-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.03.031. Epub 2015 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 26122382.

Wang DD, Martin KW, Auguste KI, Sun PP. Fast dynamic imaging technique to identify obstructive lesions in the CSF space: report of 2 cases. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 May;15(5):519-23. doi: 10.3171/2014.11.PEDS13620. Epub 2015 Feb 27. PubMed PMID: 25723723.

Rolston JD, Ouyang D, Englot DJ, Wang DD, Chang EF. National trends and complication rates for invasive extraoperative electrocorticography in the USA. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 May;22(5):823-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2014.12.002. Epub 2015 Feb 7. PubMed PMID: 25669117; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5501272.

Wang DD, Benkli B, Auguste KI, Garcia PA, Sullivan J, Barkovich AJ, Chang EF, Tihan T. Unilateral holohemispheric central nervous system lesions associated with medically refractory epilepsy in the pediatric population: a retrospective series of hemimegalencephaly and Rasmussen's encephalitis. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Dec;14(6):573-84. doi: 10.3171/2014.8.PEDS13613. Epub 2014 Oct 10. PubMed PMID: 25303156.

Wang DD, Lau D, Rolston JD, Englot DJ, Sneed PK, McDermott MW. Pain experience using conventional versus angled anterior posts during stereotactic head frame placement for radiosurgery. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Sep;21(9):1538-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2014.02.009. Epub 2014 May 6. PubMed PMID: 24814855; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5240786.

Wang DD, Ouyang D, Englot DJ, Rolston JD, Molinaro AM, Ward M, Chang EF. Trends in surgical treatment for trigeminal neuralgia in the United States of America from 1988 to 2008. J Clin Neurosci. 2013 Nov;20(11):1538-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.12.026. Epub 2013 Aug 7. PubMed PMID: 23932422.