Victor Yang

Professor • Canada Research Chair in Bioengineering and Biophotonics

Victor Yang is a leader in translational medicine – specifically for his work in moving optical technologies to active use in the operating room to improve surgical practice. Dr. Yang received his BASc in Engineering Science, Biomedical option, from the University of Toronto in 1997, and completed a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998. Dr. Yang entered the MD-PhD program at the University of Toronto, completing his PhD in the Department of Medical Biophysics in 2004 for his work in Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography, and completed his MD in 2006.

Presently, Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Toronto Metropolitan University. Upon completion of his residency, he was appointed as a Staff Neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, as well as a Senior Scientist in Brain Sciences and Physical Sciences at Sunnybrook Research Institute. He is also cross appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the department of Medical Physics at Toronto Metropolitan University, as well as an Associate Professor in the Institute of Medical Science and the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.


  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
  • Optical Topographical Imaging (OTI)
  • Medical laser ablation
  • Medical robotics
  • Cranial and spinal surgical navigation
  • Fluroescence imaging and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Micro-machined electro-mechanical probes and catheters
  • Stroke and carotid disease
  • Radiation therapy



  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) for Bioengineering and Biophotonics (2013-2018)
  • Nominated – Early Career Achievement Award, International Society for Optics and Photonics (2011)
  • Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Research and Innovation (2009)
  • Division of Neurosurgery, Allan Hudson Teaching Award, University of Toronto (2009).