James Chang, MD

Hand and upper extremity surgeon

Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Bio:   Dr. James Chang is currently Professor and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Chang graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with joint degrees in Biology and Economics. He spent a year as a lecturer in English at the Beijing University of Science and Technology in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Following this, he graduated from Yale Medical School with Alpha Omega Alpha and Cum Laude honors. From 1991 to 1993, he was a Sarnoff Laboratory Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He then completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Chang was a Clinical Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery and the Hand & Microsurgery Fellow at U.C.L.A. Medical Center from 1999-2000. He is currently Professor of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. He is also an Attending Surgeon at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he serves as Director of the Plastic and Hand Surgery Laboratory.

His basic science research interests include modulation of Transforming Growth Factor-Beta in scarless flexor tendon wound healing and tissue engineered flexor tendon grafts for hand reconstruction. He has expertise in molecular biology and tissue engineering techniques and their applications to plastic and hand surgery research. Dr. Chang is the recipient of numerous grants including two recent multi-year Federal Merit Review Awards on “Tissue Engineered Flexor Tendon Grafts for Extremity Reconstruction” and “Optimization of Bioengineered Tendons Using Bioreactors and Stem Cells”.

Dr. Chang is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Hand Surgery and an Associate Editor for the journals, Journal of Hand Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Hand, and Microsurgery. He was the Royal College of Surgeons Foundation traveling fellow and was awarded the 2006 Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He was Research Director for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and managed the grant portfolio and programs of this national organization. He is currently Treasurer for the ASSH. Dr. Chang is a member of the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee of the ACGME and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was elected to the American Surgical Association in 2010.

Dr. Chang's main surgical interests are in reconstructive surgery of the hand and extremities including microsurgical reconstruction. He also has interest in pediatric hand and microsurgery, post-oncologic head and neck reconstruction, and lower extremity reconstruction.
4.8 out of 5
76 Patient Ratings
7 Patient Comments

Hand and Upper Limb Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-5256
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic

  • 1000 Welch Road
  • Suite 100
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-723-7001
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Professional Education

  • Medical Education: Yale University School of Medicine (1993) CT
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1998) CA
  • Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1994) CA
  • Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center (2000) CA
  • Board Certification: Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery (1999)
  • Board Certification: Surgery of the Hand, American Board of Plastic Surgery (2002)
  • MD, Yale Medical School, Medicine (1993)
  • BAS, Stanford University, Biology & Economics (1987)

Honors & Awards

  • Andrew J. Weiland Medal for Research Achievement, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2011)
  • Stanford University Asian-American Faculty Award, Stanford University (2011)
  • Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellow, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2006-07)
  • Royal College of Surgeons Foundation Traveling Lectureship, Royal College of Surgeons (2003)
  • Leslie M. Hovey Teacher of the Year Award, Stanford Plastic Surgery (2003)
  • Scholarship Essay Award – First Place, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (1999)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (2006 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Advisor, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Treasurer, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2011 - 2014)
  • Board Member, American Board of Plastic Surgery (2010 - Present)
  • Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee Member, Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (2010 - Present)
  • Program Director, Plastic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center (1999 - 2008)
  • Research Director, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2007 - 2010)
  • Board of Directors, American Association for Hand Surgery (2007 - 2009)
  • Editor, Yearbook of Hand Surgery (2005 - 2009)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Hand Surgery (2003 - 2013)
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Plastic Surgery (2007 - Present)
  • Associate Editor, Microsurgery (2002 - 2010)
  • Associate Editor, Hand (2006 - Present)
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Friendliness

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Recommended to others

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Explanations

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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Chang is an orthopedic specialist - I was referred to hem by my primary care doctor. I visited him once before in 2011.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Lots of information.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. James Chang is the best!

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I felt I was wasting the dr.'s time for a second opinion. He certainly did not want to treat me.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Will share Dr. Chang's name with my rheumatologist.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Felt as though Dr. Chang was a long time friend.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Doctor seemed to be in a hurry. It was a distracting mannerism.

4.8 out of 5
76 Patient Ratings
7 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Chang is an orthopedic specialist - I was referred to hem by my primary care doctor. I visited him once before in 2011.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Lots of information.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. James Chang is the best!

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I felt I was wasting the dr.'s time for a second opinion. He certainly did not want to treat me.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Will share Dr. Chang's name with my rheumatologist.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Felt as though Dr. Chang was a long time friend.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Doctor seemed to be in a hurry. It was a distracting mannerism.