David Chang

UChicago Faculty Physicians

David W. Chang, MD

Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Microsurgery Fellowship
Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center of Excellence for Lymphatic Diseases

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David W. Chang, MD, has dedicated over 25 years to the field of reconstructive surgery for cancer patients, and has developed an international reputation as a leader, a pioneer and an innovator in cancer reconstruction.

As an expert in treating 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 been particularly instrumental in the recent surge of using microsurgical treatment for lymphedema. Dr. Chang 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 published over 200 peer-reviewed papers book chapters. He has been invited to lecture at national conferences in addition to speaking at international meetings during his time as a visiting professor at leading institutions all over the world. Dr. Chang has served on the editorial board of numerous leading medical journals like Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He has also been on the Board of Directors for American Society of Plastic Surgery and is the past President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • World Society For Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Confederation of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  • Korean American Medical Association
  • American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • European Skull Base Society
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Practicing Since

  • 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean

Medical Education

  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


  • University of Illinois/Metro Group Hospitals; Albert Einstein College of Medicine


  • Buncke Clinic; California Pacfic Medical Center

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