Lynda J-S Yang, MD, PhD graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in chemistry. Dr. Yang subsequently obtained MD and PhD degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her PhD thesis work focused on myelin-associated glycoprotein, a major axon regeneration inhibitor in the central nervous system. She then pursued neurosurgical residency training at the University of Michigan with Dr. Julian Hoff. During residency training, she developed her interest in peripheral nerve surgery under the mentorship of Dr. John McGillicuddy. Her fellowship training with Mr. Rolfe Birch at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, UK was supported by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons/ Walter Dandy Fellowship Award. After completing her residency, Dr. Yang continued her research on improving nerve regeneration as a visiting faculty in Dr. R Schnaar's laboratory at Johns Hopkins. She also continued her clinical training as a peripheral nerve surgeon as a visiting faculty with Dr. D Kline, and with Dr. M Malessy and Dr. W van Ouwerkerk in the Netherlands, specifically in treating patients with pediatric brachial plexus palsies. She then returned to the University of Michigan where she now participates actively in the multi-disciplinary Pediatric Brachial Plexus Program.
Dr. Yang is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Society for Peripheral Nerve.
Special Interests: The treatment of adult and pediatric brachial plexus and peripheral nerve disorders.
Areas of Interest
Neural regeneration (pharmacology and biomaterials), Functional electrical stimulation for spinal cord injury.
Brachial Plexus, Hydrocephalus, Peripheral nerve surgery, Spine surgery.
Medical School or Training
- Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1997
- University of Michigan Health System, Neurosurgery, MI, 2004
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- American Society for Peripheral Nerve
- Neurological Surgery
Published Articles or Reviews
- Khalifeh, Dibble, Van Voorhis, Doering, Boyer, Mahan, Wilson, Midha, Yang, Ray. Nerve transfers in the upper extremity following cervical spinal cord injury. Part 1: Systematic review of the literature. J Neurosurg Spine. 2019:1-12.
- Khalifeh, Dibble, Van Voorhis, Doering, Boyer, Mahan, Wilson, Midha, Yang, Ray. Nerve transfers in the upper extremity following cervical spinal cord injury. Part 2: Preliminary results of a prospective clinical trial. J Neurosurg Spine. 2019:1-13
- Yang. (2014) Neonatal brachial plexus palsy—Management and prognostic factors. Seminars in Perinatology. June 2014; 38 (4), P. 222-234.
- Yang, Chang, Chung. (2012) A systematic review of nerve transfer and nerve repair for the treatment of adult upper brachial plexus injury. Neurosurgery. 2012 Aug;71(2):417-429
- Bowerson, Nelson, Yang. (2009) “Diaphragmatic Paralysis Associated with Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy" Pediatric Neurology, 42 (3):234-236
- Yang, L.J.-S., Lorenzini, I, Vajn, K, Schramm, L.P., and Schnaar, R.L. (2006) Sialidase enhances spinal axon outgrowth. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 11057-62.
- Yang, L.J.-S., Gala, V.C., McGillicuddy, J.E. (2006) "Superficial Peroneal Nerve Syndrome, an Unusual Nerve Entrapment: Case Report" J. Neurosurgery. 104(5), 820-3.
- Yang, L.J.-S., Anand, P., and Birch, R. (2005) "Limb Preference in Children with Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy." Pediatric Neurology, 33(1):46-9.
- Yang, L. J.-S., Zeller, C. B., Shaper, N.L., Kiso, M., Hasegawa, A., Shapiro, R. E., and Schnaar, R. L. (1996) Gangliosides are neuronal ligands for myelin-associated glycoprotein. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 93, 814-818.