SBMT President

SBMT Elects Jeff Wang as President to Promote and Advance Brain and Spine Health,
Technology, Innovation and Research Issues for 2018-2019.

Jeffrey C. Wang, MD

Words cannot adequately express my appreciation on being elected the 16th President of the Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT). This organization has lead the way towards combining all facets of neuroscience research in brain mapping, tissue engineering, stem cell, nanotechnology, imaging and medical devices, in order to improve the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients afflicted with neurological disorders. The mission of the organization is unique in bringing together clinicians, scientists, and researchers, in one collaborative effort to promote and stimulate new ideas to accomplish similar goals.

Dr. Babak Kateb, the founder of SBMT, has created a platform to bring together experts from traditionally separate disciplines that were peripherally related, creating a stimulus to accelerate collaborations in order to achieve common goals. I believe this association allows individuals to creatively examine their own work from different perspectives, which promotes and advances their own research and productivity.

I am very excited to engage with the SBMT board, leadership, and the members, to promote the mission of the organization. I am hopeful that we can continue to be more inclusive of those in varied specialties, grow the membership, and promote the meeting, in order to continue to fulfill the original vision of the organization. I would like to see the organization grow further into including more of the spine knowledge, research, and education, to strengthen this already very diverse group. I would support a Global Consortium for spine therapeutics. My goals are to create collaborations with major professional societies, both on a national and international level. The problems we are striving to solve, touch lives in all cultures throughout the world. The Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics is striving to better the lives of these patients on a global level. Together, we will accomplish those goals.


Jeffrey C. Wang, M.D.
16th President of SBMT (2018-2019)
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery,Co-Director of the USC Spine Center

Jeffrey C. Wang, MD

Jeffrey C. Wang, MD is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, Co-Director of the USC Spine Center and is an internationally recognized expert in the surgical treatment of all neck and back disorders. Dr. Wang's reputation for consistently providing excellent patient care, outstanding qualifications and experience has earned him immense respect from patients and physicians alike. He has had leadership roles in nationally prominent spine organizations, including the North American Spine Society and the American Orthopedic Association. He has also been appointed to the presidential line for the Cervical Spine Research Society.

In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Wang runs a basic science laboratory where he is on the cutting edge of technology, and constantly developing and applying novel methods of treating spinal disorders. His research interests include gene therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders, bone growth biological proteins and biomedical engineering of non-invasive spine surgery using high intensity focused ultrasonic waves. Dr. Wang has received numerous research grants and is currently involved in clinical trials in the treatment of spine problems. He is the 16th president of Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics.

History of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT)

Over the 16 years since its founding, the SBMT has fostered dramatic advances in brain measurement and therapy by bringing about a pioneering transformation of the way in which leaders and innovators interact in advancing the science and technology of brain science. The SBMT draws its own structure from the massively parallel and reciprocal connection principle that is so tremendously effective in the human brain itself: the SBMT has a broad, dynamic focus for reciprocally connecting scientists and entrepreneurs. The advancements of our understanding the brain and nervous system support that focus by drawing on the widest possible array of inputs and sources.At remarkable annual meetings, SBMT has drawn together:

  • space scientists from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL),
  • technology champions from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the military branches and the Los Alamos National Laboratory,
  • the collective academic neuroscientists from hundreds of research universities around the world,
  • major governmental agencies supporting clinical science such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Veterans Administration,
  • the President of the United States and political leaders from the US Congress that keep our nation focused on serving the people through the advancement of science,
  • leading clinical scientists from the fields of neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, orthopedics, anesthesiology, and physical medicine,
  • Scientists and other leadership from the world's leading technology corporations.
  • Industry leaders (device and pharmaceutical)
  • International delegations from all continents