Surgeon and Researcher Dr. Eugene Chang Joins UA Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Nov 12, 2014

Dr. Eugene H. ChangThe newly formed Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is pleased to announce that Eugene H. Chang, MD, FACS, has joined the faculty as associate professor.

Dr. Chang comes to the UA from the University of Iowa, where he served as assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery since 2010.  Dr. Chang earned his medical degree at Brown University in the Program for Liberal Medical Education (PLME), and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Iowa, which has been ranked in the top 10 otolaryngology training programs over the past 25 years.

Dr. Chang is one of a few  surgeon-scientists in otolaryngology who combines an active clinical practice with extensive research expertise to help understand the basic processes of sinus disease and to develop future therapies and treatments.  His clinical and research areas focus on endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.  He specializes in primary and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak repair and skull base tumor surgery.

Since beginning his academic career, Dr. Chang has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work in translational sinus research.  He was awarded a T32 training grant in 2009, a LK2 training grant as part of a CTSA in 2010 and a K08 award in 2011 that remains active through 2016.  He also receives funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In his research lab in the UA Medical Research Building, Dr. Chang will collaborate with other BIO5 Institute investigators focused on respiratory and pulmonary disease.  Fernando Martinez, MD, director of BIO5 and the Arizona Respiratory Center, and a leader in the realm of respiratory disease translational research, serves as mentor to Dr. Chang for his K08 Clinical Science Research Career grant.

Dr. Chang is the associate editor for the rhinology and skull base section of the Annals of Otolaryngology and the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

“We are extremely excited to have recruited Dr. Chang to Tucson,” says Alexander Chiu, MD, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  “He is not only a talented surgeon, but is one of the field’s leading researchers in upper airway inflammation and sinusitis associated with cystic fibrosis.  He will be helping lead a team that includes me and Dr. Chul Kim, an accomplished researcher with a 25-year NIH funding history who is scheduled to begin in January, in building one of the premier clinical and research programs in sinusitis and airway inflammation in the country.”

Dr. Chang practices at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue.  To make an appointment with Dr. Chang, please call 520-694-8888.

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