Biography

Dr. Ty Shang, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.

An expert in cerebrovascular disease and stroke, Dr. Shang is a member of UT Southwestern’s world-class stroke team. He also serves as assistant director of the Vascular Neurology/Stroke Fellowship Program.

He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012.

Active in research Dr. Shang has published approximately 30 journal articles and abstracts, as well as four book chapters.

He currently serves as site principal investigator (PI) for an NIH-funded study of intravenous thrombolysis plus hypothermia for acute treatment of ischemic stroke.

He also is the PI for three departmental studies: one aimed at creating a Moyamoya disease/syndrome registry, one examining cerebral cavernous angioma and statin use, and one looking at a biomarker in acute ischemic stroke.

Dr. Shang earned his medical degree at China’s Shandong University School of Medicine and his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also holds a master’s degree in radiology from the Beijing Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics.

He completed postdoctoral training in neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health, as well as in internal medicine, neurology, and vascular neurology at the University of Miami.

In the 1990s, Dr. Shang served as a staff physician at Qingzhou People’s Hospital (medicine) and Beijing Jishuitan Hospital – an affiliated hospital of Beijing Medical University (radiology), both in China.

He is a member of professional organizations that include the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Stroke Association, American Heart Association, Society for Neuroscience, and the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN).

Dr. Shang’s honors include being awarded the AAN’s 2012 Annual Meeting Fellow Scholarship and two 2010 SVIN Resident Travel Grants.

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Meet Dr. Shang

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Specialist in Dallas

Undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or untreated cerebrovascular conditions (conditions that affect blood vessels in the brain), along with other risk factors, can lead to a stroke.

As a vascular neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Ty Shang, M.D., Ph.D., has the expertise to diagnose cerebrovascular diseases and stroke, and to make sure patients receive evidence-based care to improve treatments and prevent strokes from occurring.

Identifying the causes of a stroke can be like detective work, Shang says, and “solving” the case is very rewarding.

“We put together all the clues and find out what happened in the past – the factors that caused someone to develop cerebrovascular disease or have a stroke,” he says.

“We’re able to use sophisticated imaging to precisely pinpoint the lesion in the brain, treat the underlying mechanisms, and avert future problems, which I think is the best part of being a vascular neurologist.”

Dr. Shang also sees referred patients for whom neuroimages (such as MRI, CT angiogram, or carotid duplex) have indicated cerebrovascular disease, as well as patients seeking an expert second opinion. He is certified to read neurosonology studies, such as carotid duplex and transcranial Doppler, which gives him a particularly thorough understanding of patient issues.

“Every patient, every case of cerebrovascular disease, and every stroke is different,” Dr. Shang says. “By treating patients based on what has caused the problem, I provide very individualized care.”

Dr. Shang is a leader in UT Southwestern’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is nationally recognized for the quality of care delivered and patient outcomes. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he helps to train future vascular neurologists in his role as Assistant Director of UT Southwestern’s Stroke Fellowship Program. He also conducts research, with the goal of translating it to continually improving clinical care.  

“I’m very proud of the comprehensive care we provide – from acute care to stroke prevention – and the high level of successful outcomes we’re able to achieve for our patients,” he says. “These things make UT Southwestern one of the best centers for the treatment of cerebrovascular disease and stroke.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of Miami (2011-2012), Vascular Neurology
  • Residency - University of Miami (2008-2011), Neurology
  • Internship - University of Miami (2007-2008), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - NIH National Cancer Institute - Office of Education (2005-2007), Neuroscience
  • Graduate School - Medical College of Wisconsin (1999-2005), Neuroscience
  • Internship - Qingdao University/ Affiliated Hospital, China (1993-1994), Medicine
  • Medical School - Shandong Medical University, China (1988-1993)
Honors & Awards
  • Resident Travel Grant Award 2010, Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN) 3rd Annual Meeting
  • American Academy of Neurology Institute’s (AANI) Annual Meeting Fellow Scholarship 2012, The 64th Annual meeting of AAN
Books & Publications
Research
  • Small vessel disease and neurovascular unit
  • Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in HIV disease
  • Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome & Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome
  • Penumbra evolution in ischemic stroke
  • Moyamoya disease and Moyamoya syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic transformation in ischemic stroke
  • Delayed cerebral ischemia in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Cerebral edema in malignant infarct

Clinical Focus

  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Stroke

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