Alberta Center for Outcome Research in Neurosurgery Kids (ACORN Kids)
Micheal Yang HBSc, MD, M.Biotech is a neurosurgery resident and MSc in clinical epidemiology candidate. Michael is interested in elucidating the pre- and peri-operative predictors of poor postoperative pain after surgery. The prevalence of inadequate postoperative pain control has been reported as 70%. Poor pain control after surgery can lead to a plethora of negative outcomes and medical complications such as delirium in the elderly, increased length of stay, thromboembolic complications and excessive opioid utilization. These predictors could aid in identification of high risk patients for poor postoperative pain control so pre- and peri-operative strategies can be implemented to improve pain outcomes.
Michael completed his H.BSc and Masters of Biotechnology degree from the University of Toronto and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of British Columbia. He is currently completing a MSc in clinical epidemiology in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Michael is also enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program and is supervised by Dr. Jay Riva-Cambrin and Dr. Steven Casha. He has won numerous research awards including the prestigious Charles Kuntz Scholar Award in 2017 and the J. Gregory Caincross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in 2015.
Michael Yang won the Best Poster award at the 2018 Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Department of Pediatric Symposium on May 16th, 2018. His poster titled “Calgary Shunt Protocol Reduces Cerebral Shunt Infection in Children” outlined a quality improvement initiative that reduced shunt infection by 10% at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Michael hopes to become an clinician-scientist with a focus on spine surgery.