Howard Y. Chang, MD, PhD

Dermatologist, General dermatologist, Cutaneous oncology specialist, Medical oncologist

Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Genetics

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I am a physician-scientist who has trained in genome science. My research has focused on mechanisms that coordinate the activities of large number of genes in cell fate control. We made a series of discoveries that introduced the important and pervasive roles of long noncoding RNAs in biological regulation. My group has substantial experience in epigenetics and RNA biology, including invention of new methods for epigenomic profiling, map RNA occupancy on chromatin, and define RNA structures genome-wide. My group pioneered methods to identify key regulators of large-scale transcriptional programs; these methods have been highly fruitful for studies of development, cancer, and aging. The long term goal of my laboratory is to decipher the regulatory information in the human genome for disease diagnosis and therapy.

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Professional Education
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Dept of Dermatology (2004) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Dermatology Residency (2003) CA
  • Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Dept of Medicine (2001) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Dermatology, Dermatology (2004)
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (2000) MA
  • Ph.D., MIT, Biology (1998)
  • A.B., Harvard, Biochemistry (1994)

Honors & Awards
  • Alfred Marchionini Research Prize, Alfred Marchionini Foundation (2011)
  • CE.R.I.E.S. Award, Chanel Research and Technology (2010)
  • Clinical Scientist Career Development Award (K08), NIH (2004-2009)
  • Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2009-2015)
  • Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation (2009)
  • Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2018)
  • Judson Daland Prize, American Philosophical Society (2014)
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2020)
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine (2017)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2020)
  • Montagna Lecture, Society for Investigative Dermatology (2012)
  • NAS Award in Molecular Biology, National Academy of Science (2018)
  • New Faculty Award, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2008-2013)
  • Outstanding Investigator Award, National Cancer Institute (2016)
  • Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute (2015)
  • Physician-Scientist Career Development Award, Dermatology Foundation (2004)
  • Research Scholar Award, American Cancer Society (2007-2010)
  • Salvador E. Luria Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012)
  • Scholar Award, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2006-2008)
  • Senior Scholar Award in Aging, Ellison Medical Foundation (2009)
  • Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, Vilcek Foundation (2009)
  • Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Dermatology (2003)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director, NIH Center of Excellence in Genomic Science: Center for Personal Dynamic Regulome (2014 - 2024)
  • Member, Stanford Diabetes Research Center (2018 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Skin Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 3rd Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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General Dermatology Clinic in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street, Pavilion B, 4th Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-6316

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(17 reviews)

Resident working with doctor very professional.
All very good.
Dr. Chang was fantastic!
All great excellent. 2. The nurse or provider told me the same as the dr.
Very good.
I was treated with courtesy kindness, I was very pleased with the experience of the doctor.
Fine job.
I have just referred by friend to Dr. Chang.
He's the best!
Dr. Chang is great!
I think Dr. Chang H is the top doctor of everything with other Derma D.
The resident MD working under Dr. Chang provided my care.
Appt. availability is extremely limited.
Had good sessions - with both residents and Dr. Chang.

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