Professor David W. Chang, MD
His specific recent interest and expertise has been in treatment of lymphedema – chronic swelling of the limbs that occurs in some patients who undergo cancer surgery with lymph node removal and/or receive radiation therapy. Dr. Chang has helped develop and promote procedures such as lymphaticovenular bypass and vascularized lymph node transfers using a surgical microscope to improve the lymphatic drainage. He has also served as the principal investigator on several clinical studies of complex reconstructive microsurgery in cancer patients. His work was instrumental in introducing lymphaticovenular bypass and lymph node transfer to U.S. operating rooms.
Dr. Chang has published more than 140 peer-reviewed research articles in high-impact journals as well as numerous book chapters. He co-edited a book Lymphedema Surgery. He frequently is invited to speak at national and international conferences on oncologic reconstructive surgery, and has been invited as a visiting professor at leading medical centers worldwide.
Dr. Chang is the program director of the prestigious UChicago Medicine Microsurgery Fellowship.
Dr. Chang is also President of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and past President of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.