Eric Wang, MD, Biography

Eric WangEric W. Wang, MD, is associate professor of otolaryngology, neurological surgery, and ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and director of education for the UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery. Dr. Wang completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Rice University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. During his residency, Dr. Wang completed a two-year NIH sponsored research fellowship studying chronic infections of the head and neck. Dr. Wang then completed a one-year fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery in the Department of Otolaryngolog, Head & Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Wang is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the American Rhinologic Society, and the North American Skull Base Society. Dr. Wang has published more than 80 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, presented multiple national and international podium lectures, and participated as course faculty or course co-director of more than 30 endoscopic courses. He serves on the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Effort Study Section and the Infectious Disease Committee of the AAO-HNS, the Awards and Marketing Committee of the American Rhinologic Society and the Membership Committee of the NASBS. He has received several honors and awards including an honor award at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and is consistently listed amongst the Best Doctors in America®.

Dr. Wang specializes in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. His areas of clinical focus include endoscopic and open skull base surgery for the management of sinonasal and skull base tumors, repair of cerebrospinal fluid leaks, endoscopic orbital surgery and revision endoscopic sinus surgery. His current research interests include outcomes and quality of life assessment in patients undergoing endoscopic skull base resections, the development of evidence-based treatment algorithms for skull base surgery and drug delivery mechanisms for inflammatory sinus disease.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Endoscopic and open skull base surgery; management of sinonasal malignancies; cerebrospinal fluid leak repair; endoscopic orbital surgery; endoscopic sinus surgery.

Board Certifications

American Board of Otolaryngology

Hospital Privileges

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Rhinologic Society
North American Skull Base Society
Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Education and Training

  • BA, Biochemistry, Rice University, 1994-98
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 1998-2002
  • Research Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, 2002-03
  • Surgical Internship, Washington University School of Medicine, 2003-04
  • Otolaryngology Residency, Washington University School of Medicine, 2004-10
  • Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, 2010-11

Honors and Awards

  • Annual Outstanding Professor Award, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2014
  • Award for Commitment and Excellence in Service (ACES), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2015
  • Best Doctors in America, 2013-Present
  • Best Doctors in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2014-Present
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2011

Research Activities

Prospective outcomes in endoscopic skull base surgery; multi-institutional registries and trials in sinonasal malignancies and peri-operative care in endonasal surgery; development of treatment algorithms for endoscopic sinus, orbital and skull base surgery; surgical considerations of whole eye transplantation; drug delivery mechanisms for chronic rhinosinusitis.