The doctrine of the Chief of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital on the first day of my surgical residency made an indelible impression on my philosophy of patient care and has remained with me for the past 50 years.
"In the course of your medical career, when it comes to doing something for the welfare of your patients versus your convenience, there shall never be any question regarding the priority."
I have lived that command all my professional career; I have approached the indications for surgery and the procedures I recommend to all my patients as if they were my immediate family.
Dr. Chang received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in General Surgery at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Plastic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh. Prior to relocating to Renton, Dr. Chang was Professor and Chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 1971-1982. Dr. Chang has a special interest in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and hand surgery. He is past-presidents of the Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Association for Hand Surgery and is involved with the residency-training program and holds the appointment of Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Chang is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Chang devotes several weeks every year volunteering on plastic surgical missions to foreign countries, including Mexico, Philippines, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and China performing reconstructive surgery on children with cleft lip and palates.