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David W. Chang, MD

Professor of Surgery

Chief, Section of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Director, Microsurgery Fellowship

David W. Chang, MD, specializes in complex microsurgical reconstructive surgery in cancer patients, and has an international reputation as a pioneer and an innovator in the field of breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, extremity reconstruction and microsurgical treatment of lymphedema.

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 over 140 peer-reviewed research articles in high-impact journals as well as numerous book chapters. He coedited a book Lymphedema Surgery, which was recently published. 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.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Chang has served as a faculty mentor for medical student, residents and clinical and research fellows. Since 2001, Best Doctors Inc. has named Dr. Chang one of the Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Chang is on the editorial board of numerous leading medical journals, including the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a board examiner for American Society of Plastic Surgery and a member of Board of Directors for American Society of Plastic Surgery, and was a recipient of the prestigious Godina Traveling Fellowship from American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery in 2005.

He is currently serving as the president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the vice president of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Practice Location

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery
Surgery of the Hand

Medical School

University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI


University of Illinois, Metropolitan Group Hospitals, Chicago (general surgery)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY (plastic and reconstructive surgery)


Microsurgical Transplantation and Replantation Center, San Francisco (microsurgery and hand surgery)


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

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-6302

Office Fax

(773) 702-1634

Office Postal Address

David W. Chang, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 6035
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Chang

Pam Anderson developed lymphedema after undergoing surgery to treat her breast cancer. After Dr. Chang performed lymphovenous bypass surgery, Pam’s arms showed no visible difference in size and she could wear her suit jackets to court again. Read Pam's story. Read Pam's story.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Chang's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.