Eric I. Chang, MD, FACS
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497
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Video: Eric I. Chang, MD
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Assistant Professor of
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Program Director, Reconstructive Surgery
Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery; Breast Reconstruction utilizing DIEP, SIEA, muscle-sparing TRAM, TRAM, SGAP, and Latissimus dorsi flaps; Head and Neck Reconstruction; Upper and Lower Extremity Reconstruction; Complex Abdominal Wall and Chest Wall Reconstruction; Complex Perineal Reconstruction; Soft Tissue Sarcoma Reconstruction; Melanoma and Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Reconstruction; Cosmetic Surgery; Lymphedema Treatment with Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer and Lymphaticovenous Bypass (LVBP)
American Board of Surgery;
American Board of Plastic Surgery
The treatment of cancer can be a challenging journey that often requires a multidisciplinary approach. After completing two fellowships in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery, I have the privilege to join the staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center, which offers state-of-the-art techniques, innovation, and research to meet these challenges.
However, compassion, honesty, and communication are even more important qualities that contribute to the successful treatment of each and every patient. This is something that I learned early on in my career not in the classroom or in the laboratory, but at the patients’ bedside so that they are not alone on this journey.
As a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, I believe comprehensive cancer treatment should focus on not only removing the cancer but also on restoring normal form and function. The art of cancer care depends on both curing the patient as well as achieving the best aesthetic and functional outcomes. My sincerest goal is to provide all my patients with the best reconstructive results possible in order to hasten their recovery.
Certainly the exemplary multispecialty care provided by Fox Chase centers on patient education and involvement in their own treatment planning. This is particularly important when discussing complicated reconstructive options, which is why having a specialist who is well-trained in multiple reconstructive procedures and techniques is not only beneficial but essential to maximizing results for my patients.
In addition, I am actively involved in multiple clinical and basic science research projects that will help contribute to improving reconstructive outcomes for our patients.
As one of the premier cancer centers in the country, Fox Chase is uniquely situated to provide the necessary resources in order to expand our current knowledge and to develop new innovations in oncologic care. This yields yet another benefit that can be offered to my patients as we embark upon this journey together.
BA/MD Program with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, 2002
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
Microsurgery, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX;
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA;
Post-Doctorate Research, Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA;
Post-Doctorate Research, Institute of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Laboratory for Microvascular Research and Vascular Tissue Engineering, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY
American College of Surgeons;
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery;
Plastic Surgery Research Council
Microvascular tissue engineering, stem cell biology, tumor cell biology, clinical outcomes research for breast reconstruction and head and neck reconstruction