2016 New Members

Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS, FACS

Dr. Cheng is currently Professor and Clinical Vice Chair of Neurosurgery at Yale University, joining the department in January 2016 after being at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for the past 15 years where he was Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery; Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt University Spine and Bone Research Laboratory. Dr. Cheng has built a reputation as an expert in complex spinal surgery with majority of his referrals from other neuro- and orthopedic spine surgeons, who relied on him for revision surgeries or complex cases that were outside their realm of expertise.

Dr. Cheng completed his Neurosurgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and spent another year there in his post-residency Fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery. During that time, he also received a Masterís degree in Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University with a special emphasis in spinal biomechanics and modeling. His research interests include healthcare policy, outcomes science, spinal biomechanics and modeling, spinal deformity, and minimally invasive spinal techniques. Dr. Cheng has received a number of awards including named the 2011 ACS/AANS Health Policy Scholar. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and American College of Surgeons (ACS) and an active member and leader of a number of other professional organizations including the AANS/CNS Trauma Section, American Medical Association, AO Foundation, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Wisconsin State Medical Society, and the Tennessee Neurosurgical Society. He is the past Chairperson for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.


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