Meng Huang, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Academic Institute
Assistant Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Huang was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and obtained his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he studied on academic scholarship and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society junior-inductee distinction. He completed neurosurgery residency at Houston Methodist Hospital. During residency, he had the opportunity to serve as a specialist registrar in the Department of Neurosurgery at St. George’s Hospital in London, UK. As Chief Resident, he achieved the American Association of Neurological Surgeons National Resident Top Gun Competition First Place Award for the Spinal Surgery Skills station.

Professionally, he became keenly interested in the challenging subfield of spine surgery, and specifically, endoscopic and minimally invasive spine surgery. He was selected to complete advanced post-residency fellowship training at the renowned University of Miami Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship under the directorship of internationally recognized surgeon Dr. Michael Wang. There, he was trained in endoscopic spine surgery techniques including awake (without general anesthesia) endoscopic lumbar spinal fusion.

Dr. Huang believes that elective spine surgery should only be offered when all conservative measures have been exhausted and there remains a clear clinical and anatomical indication for surgery. He is a proponent of designing minimally invasive surgical treatment plans based on the patient’s primary symptoms rather than the radiological imaging, which often shows a multitude of abnormalities, many of which may be unrelated to the patient’s symptoms. Dr. Huang takes pride in ensuring his patients’ thorough understanding of their condition and engaging them in shared decision-making regarding the goals of surgery. He considers it a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to share his expertise and serve his Houston community.

Description of Research

Long term clinical outcomes of endoscopic spinal decompression

Efficacy of endoscopic lumbar fusion 


Transabdominal motor evoked potential neuromonitoring of lumbosacral spine surgery
Allison, DW, Verma, A, Holman, PJ, Huang, M, Trask, TW, Barber, S, Cockrell, AR, Weber, MR, Brooks, DW, Delgado, L, Steele, WJ, Sellin, JN, Gressot, LV, Lambert, B, Ma, BB, Faraji, AH & Saifi, C 2024, , Spine Journal.

Full Endoscopic Transforaminal Thoracic Discectomy Operative Technique
Barber, S & Huang, M 2024, , Journal of Visualized Experiments, vol. 2024, no. 203, e65951.

Endoscopic Diskectomy of Rostrally and Caudally Migrated Lumbar Disk Herniations: A Technique Video
Haghshenas, V & Huang, M 2024, , World neurosurgery, vol. 181, pp. 20.

Fractured Lumbar Drain Catheter Retrieval Using an Endoscopic Transforaminal Approach to the Lumbar Spine
Sulhan, S, Sadrameli, SS, Barber, S, Holman, P, Britz, G & Huang, M 2022, , Operative Neurosurgery, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. E331-E334.

A wireless spinal stimulation system for ventral activation of the rat cervical spinal cord
Hogan, MK, Barber, SM, Rao, Z, Kondiles, BR, Huang, M, Steele, WJ, Yu, C & Horner, PJ 2021, , Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 14900, pp. 14900.

Hybrid Anterior Column Realignment—Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Severe Rigid Sagittal Deformity
Sadrameli, SS, Davidov, V, Lee, JJ, Huang, M, Kizek, DJ, Mambelli, D, Rajendran, S, Barber, SM & Holman, PJ 2021, , World neurosurgery, vol. 151, pp. e308-e316.

Short lever arm, bipedicular handlebar construct for correction of acute angular kyphosis in spondylodiscitis-induced kyphotic deformity: illustrative case
Huang, M, Cajigas, I & Vanni, S 2021, , Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons, vol. 1, no. 24, CASE21190.

Lateral retroperitoneal approach for surgical treatment of lumbar diskitis/osteomyelitis with post-infectious spinal deformity
Cajigas, I, Huang, M, Williams, SK & Vanni, S 2021, , Seminars in Spine Surgery, vol. 33, no. 1, 100853.

Impact of surgeon and hospital factors on surgical decision-making for grade 1 degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis: A Quality Outcomes Database analysis
Huang, M, Buchholz, A, Goyal, A, Bisson, E, Ghogawala, Z, Potts, E, Knightly, J, Coric, D, Asher, A, Foley, K, Mummaneni, PV, Park, P, Shaffrey, M, Fu, KM, Slotkin, J, Glassman, S, Bydon, M & Wang, M 2021, , Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 768-778.

Huang, M, Manzano, GR & Levi, AD 2020, . in Tumors of the Spinal Canal. Springer International Publishing, pp. 39-51.

Less opioid consumption with enhanced recovery after surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF): A comparison to standard minimally-invasive TLIF
Chang, HK, Huang, M, Wu, JC, Huang, WC & Wang, MY 2020, , Neurospine, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 228-236.

The university of miami spine surgery ERAS protocol: A review of our journey
Huang, M, Brusko, GD, Borowsky, PA, Kolcun, JPG, Heger, JA, Epstein, RH, Grossman, J & Wang, MY 2020, , Journal of Spine Surgery, vol. 6, pp. S29-S34.

Traumatic dorsal spondyloptosis of upper thoracic spine: case report and novel open reduction technique
Li, Y, Huang, M & Manzano, G 2023, , British Journal of Neurosurgery, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 1704-1708.

A Comparison of Cerebellar Retraction Pressures in Posterior Fossa Surgery: Extended Retrosigmoid Versus Traditional Retrosigmoid Approach
Liebelt, BD, Huang, M & Britz, GW 2018, , World neurosurgery, vol. 113, pp. e88-e92.

Videoexoscopic real-time intraoperative navigation for spinal neurosurgery: a novel co-adaptation of two existing technology platforms, technical note
Huang, M, Barber, SM, Steele, WJ, Boghani, Z, Desai, VR, Britz, GW, West, GA, Trask, TW & Holman, PJ 2018, , Journal of Robotic Surgery, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 251-255.

Physical and Neurologic Examination
Staub, B, Huang, M, Holman, PJ & Benzel, EC 2016, . in Benzels Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance and Management: Volume 1-2, Fourth Edition. vol. 1-2, Elsevier, pp. 124-131.

Primary central nervous system vasculitis preceded by granulomatous hypophysitis: Case report with a review of the literature
Huang, M, Steele, W & Baskin, D 2015, , Surgical Neurology International, vol. 6, pp. S407-S413.

Sellar Floor Reconstruction with the Medpor Implant Versus Autologous Bone after Transnasal Transsphenoidal Surgery: Outcome in 200 Consecutive Patients
Liebelt, BD, Huang, M & Baskin, DS 2015, , World neurosurgery, vol. 84, no. 2, pp. 240-245.

Glioblastoma Presenting with Pure Alexia and Palinopsia Involving the Left Inferior Occipital Gyrus and Visual Word Form Area Evaluated with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diffusion Tensor Imaging Tractography
Huang, M, Baskin, DS & Fung, S 2016, , World neurosurgery, vol. 89, pp. 725.e5-725.e10.