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01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Michael Yuechia Chang is a thoracic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center with previous experience as a staff thoracic surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a faculty appointment at Harvard.

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. In regards to surgical procedures for mesothelioma, Dr. Chang has specific experience with 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.

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.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: General cardiac/thoracic surgery, lung cancer, esophageal cancer and tumors of the chest.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, CMS Stage 1 Certification

Education & Experience:

  • Residency for General Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Fellowship for Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Medical Degree from University of Michigan
  • Master’s in Public Health Degree from Harvard University