Michael J. Lang, MD

  • Assistant Professor

Michael J. Lang, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 as a vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon who specializes in treatment of vessel diseases of the brain, including aneurysms, stroke, carotid artery stenosis, arteriovenous malformations and fistulas, cavernomas, and intracerebral hemorrhage. He performs both minimally invasive endovascular and traditional open & skull base surgery, allowing a comprehensive approach in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease. He also has subspecialty training in functional/epilepsy neurosurgery.

Dr. Lang completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin. He received his medical degree from Ohio State University, graduating with honors. Dr. Lang completed his neurosurgical residency and fellowships in both endovascular neurosurgery and functional & epilepsy surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He then completed the prestigious fellowship in open cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute with extensive training in cerebral bypass surgery and removal of vascular lesions of the brainstem.

Dr. Lang has published numerous papers and book chapters, participated in clinical trials, and delivered lectures to audiences all over the world. His research interests include clinical outcomes in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease and epilepsy surgery, as well as MRI-compatible robotics. 

Specialized Areas of Interest

Intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, cavernous malformations, brain tumors carotid stenosis, intracranial stenosis, venous sinus stenosis, ischemic stroke, trigeminal neuralgia, and epilepsy.

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery (board eligible)

Hospital Privileges

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

Professional Organization Membership

Alpha Omega Alpha
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
AANS/CNS Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
North American Neuromodulation Society

Education & Training

  • BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • MD (Honors), The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2011
  • Residency (Neurosurgery), Thomas Jefferson University, 2018
  • Fellowship (Functional/Epiepsy), Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
  • Fellowship (Endovascular), Thomas Jefferson University, 2018
  • Fellowship (Cerebrovascular/Skull Base), Barrow Neurological Institute, 2019

Honors & Awards

  • Physician Excellence Award, UPMC, 2021

Selected Publications

Lang MJ, Kan P, Baranoski J, Lawton MT. Side-to-Side Superficial Temporal Artery to Middle Cerebral Artery Bypass Technique: Application of Fourth Generation Bypass Techniques in a Case of Adult Moyamoya Disease. Operative Neurosurgery [in press], 2019.

Lawton MT, Lang MJ. The future of open vascular neurosurgery: perspectives on cavernous malformations, AVMs, and bypasses for complex aneurysms. J Neurosurg 130(5):1409-1425, 2019.

Schmidt RF, Theofanis TN, Lang MJ, Stricsek GP, Lin R, Lebrun A, Hooper DC, Rosenwasser RH, Sharan AD, Iacovitti L. Sphenopalatine ganglion stimulation is a reversible and frequency-dependent modulator of the blood-brain barrier. Brain Res 1718:231-241, 2019.

Lin R, Lang M, Heinsinger N, Stricsek G, Zhang J, Iozzo R, Rosenwasser R, Iacovitti L. Stepwise Impairment of Neural Stem Cell Proliferation and Neurogenesis Concomitant with Disruption of Blood-Brain Barrier in Recurrent Ischemic Stroke. Neurobiology of Disease 115:49-58, 2018.

Tandon V, Lang M, Chandra PS, Sharan A, Garg A, Tripathi M. Is edema a matter of concern, after laser ablation of epileptogenic focus? World Neurosurgery, 2018.

Rosenwasser RH, Lang MJ, Tjoumakaris S, Jabbour P. Disruptive Innovation in Neurovascular Disease. Neurosurgery 64(suppl 1):78–82, 2017

Lang MJ, Atallah E, Tjoumakaris S, Rosenwasser RH, Jabbour P. Remote Thoracic Myelopathy From a Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistula at the Craniocervical Junction: Case Report and Review of Literature. World Neurosurg 108:992, 2017.

Schmidt RF, Lang MJ, Hoelscher CM, Jabbour PM, Tjoumakaris SI, Sharan AD, Wu C. Flat-Detector Computed Tomography for Evaluation of Intracerebral Vasculature for Planning of Stereoelectroencephalography Electrode Implantation. World Neurosurg, 2017.

Schmidt RF, Wu C, Lang MJ, Soni P, Williams KA Jr, Boorman DW, Evans JJ, Sperling MR, Sharan AD. Complications of subdural and depth electrodes in 269 patients undergoing 317 procedures for invasive monitoring in epilepsy. Epilepsia 57(10):1697-1708, 2016.

Lang MJ, Sutherland GR. Informatic surgery: the union of surgeon and machine. World Neurosurg 74(1):118-20, 2010.

Research Activities

Dr. Lang’s current research efforts focus on clinical outcomes research in endovascular and microvascular treatment of cerebrovascular disease. In particular, he has established in the past year a multidisciplinary cerebral revascularization team for evaluation and treatment of moyamoya disease and intracranial occlusive ischemic disease. Following from this clinical effort, is the establishment of a longitudinal research effort to assess radiographic and clinical measures associated with these disease processes, including comparative analyses of CT Perfusion and SPECT imaging.