Ernest Wright received undergraduate degrees in both political science and neuroscience from the University of California, before going on to complete his medical doctorate at the Yale School of Medicine where he wrote an honors thesis on the evaluation of a novel neurosurgical treatment for brain swelling, under the guidance of MacArthur genius grant recipient Dr. Benjamin Warf.
After medical school he moved on to the Barrow Neurological Institute training under renowned vascular and skull base neurosurgeon Dr Robert Spetzler. He also completed enfolded fellowships in minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University and in spinal and skull base oncology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the United Kingdom.
Dr Wright's research interests center primarily on advancing neurosurgery in the developing world. To this end he has worked in Uganda, Tanzania, Cambodia, and Myanmar treating patients and educating surgeons. His research in this area continues and he is currently working on a textbook of neurosurgery targeted specifically towards practitioners in the developing world.