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Michael Y. Chang, M.D.

Dr. Chang
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Michael Y. Chang

Thoracic Surgeon

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

4867 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(800) 954-8000

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI - 1993

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1993-2000)

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (2000-2002)

Dr. Michael Yuechia Chang is a thoracic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center located in California. Prior to joining the staff at Kaiser Permanente in 2006, Dr. Chang resided on the east coast where he served as a staff thoracic surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts) with a faculty appointment at Harvard.

Educational Background

Dr. Chang earned his undergraduate degree and attended medical school at the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then went on to pursue his residency in general surgery from 1993 through 2000 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Chang moved to Boston, Massachusetts for a fellowship (cardiothoracic training) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School from 2000 through 2002. During that span of time, Dr. Chang also earned a master's degree in public health (MPH) from Harvard. Dr. Chang completed his training and began practicing thoracic surgery in Boston in 2002. A native of California, Dr. Chang returned to his home state in 2006 where he assumed his current position at Kaiser Permanente.

Clinical and Laboratory Research

Board-certified in thoracic surgery, Dr. Chang specializes in surgical procedures on diseases of the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, and pleura. He is well-trained in both standard and minimally invasive surgical procedures and techniques.

With regard to surgical procedures for mesothelioma, the types of surgeries in which Dr. Chang cites he has specific experience are pleurectomy and extrapleural pneumonectomy. Dr. Chang employs a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment plans of his cancer patients by working closely with oncologists, pulmonologists, and radiation oncologists in an effort to achieve the most effective results for his patients.

Additional Work

Dr. Chang maintains that one of the reasons he decided to accept his position at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles was to serve as a mentor to residents. Dr. Chang takes full advantage of the opportunity to teach by having at least two residents accompany him when he performs surgery. He also advises residents on attending to the needs of patients admitted to the hospital and on evaluating patients in clinic.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois


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