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Benjamin Chang, M.D.
Plastic Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 10 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Mary Mastrando
Administrative Telephone: 215-662-4283
Administrative Fax: 215-615-0474
Patient Appointments: 215-662-4283

Clinical Offices:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Center for Human Appearance
Suite 1-150E
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
34th & Civic Center Blvd., One Wood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Clinical Telephone: 215-590-2471
Clinical Fax: 215-590-2496
Patient Appointments: 215-590-2208

Sports Medicine and Performance Center
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
210 Mall Blvd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Clinical Telephone: 610-768-9470
Clinical Fax: 215-590-5480

Contact Information (internal use only)

changb@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Benjamin Chang, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.  He is the Program Director of the Penn Plastic Surgery Residency, and Associate Chief of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Chang specializes in hand surgery and the treatment of melanoma.  Over the course of two decades, he has accumulated extensive experience in the treatment of both bony and soft-tissue disorders of the hand, wrist, and arm.

Dr. Chang has particular clinical expertise in microsurgery and in the management of hand injuries. He also has a special interest in the treatment of congenital hand differences and holds an appointment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has pioneered techniques in syndactyly repair, facial reconstruction, and hand transplantation. He is Co-director of the Penn Hand Transplant Program and is a member of the Penn Pigmented Lesion Group, a team of specialists who focus on treatment of melanoma and other pigmented lesions. His research and publications concern melanoma, congenital hand differences, and hand trauma.

Dr. Chang was educated at Harvard University and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He completed his general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at New York University Medical Center, where he took an additional year of training in their accredited Hand Surgery Fellowship. He is board certified in Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. In addition to medical student and surgical resident teaching awards, Dr. Chang has been perennially recognized in Best Doctors in America and as a Top Doc in Philadelphia magazine.

 
Faculty Appointments
2005 - present Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1995 - 2005 Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2013 - present  Attending Surgeon (Plastic Surgery),
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2010 - present  Co-Director, Penn Hand Transplant Program
 
2010 - present Program Director (2/1/10)
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2009 - 2010 EPIC EMR Faculty Champion
Division of Plastic Surgery
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
 
2008 - present Associate Chief
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1997 - 2004 Attending Surgeon (Plastic Surgery)
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1995 - present Attending Surgeon (Plastic Surgery)
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1995 - present Attending Surgeon (Plastic Surgery)
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1995 - present Attending Surgeon (Plastic Surgery)
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Other Appointments
2009 - present Adjunct Faculty Member
The Raymond Curtis National Hand Center
Baltimore, Maryland
 
Education/Training
1982 - 1986 MD - Harvard Medical School,
Boston, Massachusetts
 
1978 - 1982 BA - Harvard College,
Boston, Massachusetts
 
Post-Graduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
1994 - 1995 Hand Surgery Fellow,
New York University Medical Center,
New York, New York
 
1992 - 1994 Plastic Surgery Resident,
New York University Medical Center,
New York, New York
 
1986 - 1992 General Surgery Resident,
New York University Medical Center,
New York, New York
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National Societies
2010 - present  American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
Communications / Website Committee, 2010-2014
Resident Selection Committee, 2014-2016 
 
2006 - present   American Association of Plastic Surgeons
 
2000 - present American Association for Hand Surgery
Hand Transplant Taskforce, 2011-2014
 
1997 - present   American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Instructional Course Committee, 2006, 2007
Hand/Micro/Nerve Program Committee, 2009
Hand/Upper Extremity Program Sub-Committee, 2010
 
1994 - present  American College of Surgeons, Fellow
 
Local and Regional Societies
1998 - present  Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
Program Committee, 2006, 2009
 
1998 - present The Ivy Society
 
National, Regional and Local Scientific Committees
2014 American Board of Plastic Surgery, Guest Examiner, Oral Examination
 
2011 - 2013 Hand Surgery Certification Examination, Standard Setting Committee
 
2008 - 2012  American Board of Plastic Surgery, Guest Examiner, Oral Examination
 
2003 - 2014 American Board of Plastic Surgery, Hand Certification Test Committee
 
Research
 
New Research
  • Patency of digital arteries in finger revascularization.
 
Ongoing Research
  • Syndactyly repair without skin grafts.
  • Fibular free flap reconstruction of the pediatric pelvis.
  • Complications of intramedullary fixation in distal radius fractures.
 
 
 
Publications
 
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Falor W, Chang B, White H, Kraus J, Taylor B, Hansel J, Kraus F.  Twenty-four hour esophageal pH monitoring by telemetry: Cost-effective use in out-patients.  American Journal of Surgery 142(4):514-517, Oct. 1981.
  2. Zhang L, Tuchler R, Chang B, Bakshandeh N, Shaw WW, Siebert JW.  Prefabrication of free flaps using the omentum in rats.  Microsurgery  13(4):214-219, 1992.
  3. Chang B, Tuchler R, Siebert JW, Longaker MT, Burd DAR.  The effect of tissue expansion on dermal fibroblast contraction.  Annals of Plastic Surgery  28(4):315-319, Apr. 1992.
  4. Kirschner RE, Xu J, Fyfe B, Chang B, Bucky LP.  Salvage of free flaps after secondary venous ischemia by local delivery of heparin. Annals of Plastic Surgery 42(5):521-528, May 1999.
  5. Schnur PD, Chang B.  Extensor tendon rupture after internal fixation of a distal radius fracture using a dorsally placed AO/ASIF titanium pi plate. Annals of Plastic Surgery 44(5):564-566, May 2000.
  6. Williams GR, Koffler K,  Pepe M, Wong K, Chang B, Ramsey M.  Rotation of the clavicular portion of the pectoralis major for soft-tissue coverage of the clavicle. An anatomic study and case report. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 82A(12):1736-1742, Dec. 2000.
  7. Jeneby TT, Chang B, Bucky LP.  Ultraviolet assisted punch biopsy mapping for lentigo maligna melanoma. Annals of Plastic Surgery 46(5):495-500, May 2001.
  8. Carmen CA, Chang B.  Treadmill injuries to the upper extremity in pediatric patients. Annals of Plastic Surgery 46(7):15-19, July 2001.
  9. Tobias A, Chang B.  Pulsed irrigation of extremity wounds: A simple technique for splashback reduction. Annals of Plastic Surgery 48(4):443-444, Apr. 2002.
  10. Cassileth LB, Chang B.  Vascular malformation within the flexor tendon sheath.  Journal of Hand Surgery 28(1):153-156, Jan. 2003.
  11. Tobias AM, Chang B: Pseudoaneurysm of the brachial artery thirteen years after osteochondroma excision. Annals of Plastic Surgery 52(4);419-422, Apr. 2004.
  12. Sodha S, Breslow G, Chang B. Percutaneous technique for reduction of complex MP dorsal dislocations. Annals of Plastic Surgery 52(6);562-566, June 2004.
  13. Man L, Chang B: A simple method of designing a bilobed flap using a triangle template. Dermatologic Surgery 30(10):1345-1348, Oct. 2004.
  14. Sarwer DB, Zanville HA, LaRossa D, Bartlett SP, Chang B, Low DW, Whitaker LA. Mental health histories and psychiatric medication usage among persons who sought cosmetic surgery.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 114(7):1927-1935, Dec. 2004.
  15. Man L, Chang B: Maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of having a child with a congenital digital anomaly. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 117(1):301-308, Jan. 2006.
  16. Hosalkar HS, Matzon JL, Chang B: Nerve palsies related to pediatric upper extremity fractures. Hand Clinics of North America 22(1):87-98, Feb. 2006.
  17. Yan AC, Chamlin SL, Liang MG, Hoffman B, Attiyeh EF, Chang B, Honig PJ: Congenital infantile fibrosarcoma: a masquerader of ulcerated hemangioma. Pediatric Dermatology 2006 Jul-Aug;23(4):330-4.
  18. Godwin S, Shawker T, Chang B, Kaler S: Clinical and laboratory observations on brachial artery aneurysms in Menkes’ disease. Journal of Pediatrics 149(3):412-415, Sept. 2006.
  19. Birgfeld C, Chang B: The Peri-glabellar Flap for closure of central forehead defects.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 120(1):130-133, July 2007.
  20. Kaye AJ, Slemp AE, Chang B, Mattei P, Fairman R, Velazquez OC:  Complex vascular reconstruction of abdominal aorta and its branches in the pediatric population.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery 43(6):1082-1088, June 2008. PMID: 18558187
  21. Yarmel D, Dormans JP, Pawel BR, Chang B:  Recurrent pedal hobnail (DabskaRetiform) hemangioendothelioma with forefoot reconstructive surgery using a digital fillet flap.  Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery 47(5):487-493, Sept./Oct. 2008.
  22. Hubert DM, Low DW, Serletti JM, Chang B, Dormans JP: Fibula Free Flap Reconstruction of the Pelvis in Children after Limb-sparing Internal Hemipelvectomy for Bone Sarcoma. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 125(1):195-200, January 2010. PMID: 20048612
  23. Jandali S, Ugrinich M, Chang B: Looped penrose drain for minimally invasive treatment of complex superficial abscesses of the hand : Innovations in Technique. Hand (N Y). 2010 Sep;5(3):338-40.
  24. Hsu VM, Smartt JM, Chang B: The modified V-Y dorsal metacarpal flap for repair of syndactyly without skin graft. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 125(1):225-232, Jan., 2010. PMID: 19910851
  25. Foroohar A, Elliott RM, Fei L, Steinberg DJ, Bozentka DJ, Chang B, Kovach SJ, Shaked A, Levin LS. Quadrimembral Amputation: Indications and Contraindications for Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation. Transplant Proc. 2011; 43(9): 3521-3528. PMID: 22099833
  26. Wang TY, Dormans JP, Chang B: Soft tissue flap optimizes limb salvage with knee endoprosthesis in sarcoma surgery: The 10-year experience at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Annals of Plastic Surgery 2012 Nov; 69(5):560-4. PMID: 21734550
  27. Akinleve SD, Makani A, Dalinka MK, Chang B: Unusual proximal dislocation without fracture: a case report. Hand 2012 Dec; 7(4):454-456
  28. Elkassabany NM, Fosnot CD, Shaked A, Kanchwala SK, Kovach SJ 3rd, Chang B, Lin IC, Ochroch EA, Baranov DY, Levin LS: Perioperative management of a patient scheduled for bilateral hand transplant.  Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2013 May;25(3):224-7. PMID: 23688960
  29. Haddock NT, Chang B, Bozentka DJ, Steinberg DR, Levin LS: Technical implications in proximal forearm transplantation. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2013 Dec;17(4):228-31. PMID:24310233
  30. Butler PD, Chang B, Britt LD: The Affordable Care Act and academic surgery: expectations and possibilities. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 May;218(5):1049-55. PMID:24745569
Abstracts (last 3 years)
  1. Wang TY, Serletti JM, Kolasinski SL, Low DL, Chang B, Kovach SJ, Wu LC: Connective Tissue Disorders: To Flap or Not to Flap? 26th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons , Sept. 26, 2009, Charleston, SC.
  2. Wang TY, Dormans JP, Chang B: Optimizing limb salvage with muscle flaps for knee endoprosthesis in sarcoma surgery: The 10-year experience at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 26th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Sept. 26, 2009, Charleston, SC.
  3. Wang TY, Dormans JP, Chang B: Soft tissue flap optimizes limb salvage with knee endoprosthesis in sarcoma surgery: The 10-year experience at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Poster presentation at the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, March 20-23, 2010, San Antonio, Texas.
  4. Chang B, Elliott RM, et al: Customized Pre-Transplant Rehearsals and Checklists: Strategies to Improve Efficiency and Outcomes in Bilateral Hand Transplantation. American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation 3rd Biennial Meeting, November 15-17, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.
Editorials, Chapters and Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Chang B.  Principles of upper limb surgery.  In Aston S, Beasley RW, Thorne CH (eds): Grabb & Smith’s Plastic Surgery. New York: Lippincott-Raven, 1997, 799-805.
  2. Chang B, Lee BS.  Pediatric upper extremity problems. In Dormans JP (ed): Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. St. Louis: Mosby, 2004, 213-245.
  3. Chang B, Katz MA. Dorsal metacarpophalangeal join dislocations (Irreducible). In Plancher KD (ed): Master Cases in Hand & Wrist Surgery. Theime: New York, 2004, 300-304.
  4. Chang B, Katz MA. Volar metacarpophalangeal joint dislocations (Irreducible). In Plancher KD (ed): Master Cases in Hand & Wrist Surgery. Theime: New York, 2004, 305-309.
  5. Chang B, Kozin SH. Upper extremity disorders. In Dormans JP (ed): Pediatric Orthopedics: Core Knowledge in Orthopedics.  St. Louis: Mosby, 2005, 159-196.
  6. Hubert D, Chang B. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. In Sisko M, Kryger ZB (eds): Practical Plastic Surgery. Georgetown, TX: Landes Bioscience, 2007, 126-130.
  7. Birgfeld C, Chang B. Distal Radius Fractures. In Sisko M, Kryger ZB (eds): Practical Plastic Surgery. Georgetown, TX: Landes Bioscience, 2007, 497-503.
  8. Chang B: Principles of upper limb surgery. In Bartlett S, Beasley RW, Gurtner G, Thorne CH (eds): Grabb & Smith’s Plastic Surgery.  New York: Lippincott-Raven, 2007, 741-745.
  9. Holsalkar H, Chang B:  Benign and malignant soft tissue and bone tumors of the hand.  In Guyuron B (ed): Plastic Surgery: Indications & Practice.  Philadelphia: WB Saunders/ Elsevier, 2009
  10. Lin I, Chang B: Syndactyly. In Chung K, Murray, PM (eds): Hand Surgery Update V. Rosemont, IL: American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2012
  11. Kanchwala SK, Chang B:  Management of hand infections.  In Serletti JM, Losee JE (eds): Current Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012, 615-622.
  12. Chang B, Kanchwala SK: Treatment of hand infections. In Chung KC, Thorne CH (eds): Grabb & Smith’s Plastic Surgery.  New York: Lippincott-Raven, 2014
Alternative Media: Television appearances
  1. March 21, 2002             “Melanoma” Good Morning America on ABC
  2. May 31, 2002              “Keep Your Family Safe: Treadmill Injuries” Oprah Winfrey Show
  3. November 21, 2003     “Treadmill Dangers” CBS 3 news
  4. April 1, 2005               “Pelvic Reconstruction with Fibular Free Flap”
  5. July, 2005                    “Lawnmower injuries”
  6. March, 2006                “Maternal Cigarette Smoking Increases the Risk of Digit Anomalies” CN8
 
Awards & Membership In Honorary Societies
2014 Penn Pearls Clinical Teaching Award,
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
 
2014 Best Doctors in America (Castle Connelly)
 
2014 Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine
 
2013 Don LaRossa, MD, Annual Teaching Award,
Division of Plastic Surgery,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
2013 Best Doctors in America (Castle Connelly)
 
2013 Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine
 
2013 Philadelphia Super Doctor
 
2012 Best Doctors in America (Castle Connelly)
 
2012 Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine
 
2012 Philadelphia Super Doctor
 
2011 Best Doctors in America
 
2011 Main Line Today’s Top Doctors
 
2011 Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine
 
2010 Best Doctors in America
 
2010 Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine
 
2009 Best Doctors in America
 
2008 Don LaRossa, MD, Annual Teaching Award
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
 
2008 Best Doctors in America
 
2004 Penn Pearls Clinical Teaching Award,
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
 
2000  Faculty Sponsor, Christine A. Carmen, M.D.:  First Place Clinical Paper
Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society Meeting, Orlando, Florida
 
2000 Faculty Sponsor, David P. Schnur, M.D.: First Place Clinical Paper
Robert H. Ivy Society 46th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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