Michael Wolf, MD, earned his B.A. degree in molecular and cell biology, with a neuroscience emphasis, from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012, with a goal of gaining a basic understanding of nervous system physiology and anatomy to guide his further scientific and clinical training. He completed his M.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. During his residency in general pediatrics at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Dr. Wolf conducted clinical research aimed at understanding neurologic complications of the bi-directional Glenn operation for congenital heart disease with single-ventricle physiology. He continues his clinical training as a fellow in pediatric critical care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is currently working with Dr. Robert Clark in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the Safar Center for Resuscitation research at the University of Pittsburgh. Michael’s main research interests include characterizing the effects of intracranial pressure on the clearance of fluid and macromolecules through the brain in experimental models of brain injury, as well as developing neuromonitoring techniques in children with traumatic brain injury.

Michael’s goal is to establish as career as a physician scientist, applying insights from both the bench and the bedside to better understand and develop novel strategies to care for children with critical brain injuries. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Rachel and daughters, Eliana and Abigail, painting, and cooking for family and friends.

Education & Training Degree Year Field
University of California Berkley BA 2007 Molecular and Cell Biology
Vanderbilt University M.D. 2012 Medicine
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University Resident 2105 Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Fellow Current Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Safar Center for Resuscitation NIH Scholar Current Pediatric Critical Care Medicine


David T. Karzon Award, Pediatrics Residency Program, Vanderbilt University, 2015

David T. Karzon Award, Pediatrics Residency Program, Vanderbilt University, 2014

American Academy of Neurology Research Scholarship, 2009


Morgan, CD,;Wolf, MS; Le, TM; Shannon, CN; Wellons JC 3rd; Mettler, BA. Cerebral Ventriculomegaly after the Bidirectional Glenn (BDG) Shunt: A Single-Institution Retrospective Analysis. Child’s Nervous System, 2015

Wolf, Michael; Chadha, Ashley; Carroll, Clinton; Borinstein, Scott; Young, Lisa. Unusual Progression and Subsequent Improvement in Cystic Lung Disease in a Child with Radiation-Induced Lung Injury. Pediatric Radiology, 2014

Spickard-III, Anderson; Ridinger, Heather; Wrenn, Jesse; O’Brien, Nathan; Shpigel, Adam; Wolf, Michael; Stein, Glenn. Automatic Scoring of Medical Students’ Clinical Notes to Monitor Learning in the Workplace. Medical Teacher, 2014

Presentations at Meetings

Wolf, M.S., Morgan, C.D., Le, T.M., Mettler, B.A., Wellons III, J.C., and Shannon, C.N. “Assessing the Impact of the Bi-Directional Glenn Procedure on Cerebral Ventriculomegaly in Patients with Single-Ventricle Congenital Heart Disease” American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, San Diego, Ca, October 2014

Wolf, M.S., Carroll, C.M., Chadha, A.D., Borinstein, S.C., and Young, L.R. “Radiation-Induced Lung Disease Exhibits Striking Radiographic Evolution and Treatment Response in a Child with Wilms’ Tumor.” American Thoracic Society International Conference, Philadelphia, Pa, May 2013