Meet Dr. David Chang

CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. David Chang, a pediatric otolaryngologist.

Q: What is your education and training?

A: I attended University of Michigan for undergraduate studies in chemical engineering. I then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, for medical school and graduate school where I obtained a PhD in biomedical engineering. I completed my otolaryngology residency at Stanford University and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Q: What are your special clinical interests?

A: As a pediatric ear nose and throat specialist I love working with kids and managing the variety of ENT disorders affecting children.  I do have a special interest in treating kids with airway, breathing issues, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Q: What are your most common diagnoses?

A: Obstructive sleep apnea and recurrent ear infections.

Q: Are you working on any current research?

A: My background is in biomedical engineering and biomaterials.  My goal is to develop new technologies and devices that will improve the care of children.  We have several research pursuits in our division currently.  We are applying new imaging technology to the management of ear infections, obstructive sleep apnea, sinusitis, as well as cholesteatoma.

Q: How long have you been on staff at CHOC?

A: This is my first year at CHOC.

Q: What are some new programs or developments within your specialty at CHOC?

A: In our division, I’m leading two multidisciplinary clinical programs. Our aerodigestive clinic treats kids with airway and feeding issues. The sleep surgery clinic will open in the near future and will treat kids with persistent obstructive sleep apnea after initial tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC? 

A: Our pediatric otolaryngology group at CHOC is all fellowship trained and love caring for children. We work collaboratively to provide high quality, evidence-based care. We have expertise in the breadth of disorders in ENT and have established a multidisciplinary approach in our cochlear implant, thyroid, aerodigestive, vascular anomalies, cleft and craniofacial programs.  Our newest multidisciplinary program will be in sleep surgery.

Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC? 

A: I’m inspired by CHOC’s dedication to continually improve patient care and safety. CHOC was named a 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Davies Award recipient for achieving improvements in patient care through the use of health information technology.

Q: Why did you decide to become a pediatric otolaryngologist? 

A: I have always been interested in working with kids.  In medical school I enjoyed head and neck anatomy and surgical procedures which led me to an otolaryngology residency. My experience on the pediatric otolaryngology rotations confirmed my decision to focus on caring for children.

Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?

A: I would either be a musician or a biomedical engineer. I grew up playing the violin, piano, and percussion and have always had a love for music. I would have wanted to be in percussion performance. As a biomedical engineer, I like to think of ways to apply engineering principles or biomaterials towards developing innovations to bring to patients.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?

A: I love spending time with my wife and two daughters. I am thankful for their support and appreciative that my daughters make me laugh every day.  I also enjoy playing basketball and salsa dancing.

NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate Conference, March 22-25

With the growing number of neonates with congenital heart disease, an upcoming CHOC Children’s conference will provide critical information for medical providers who are diagnosing and treating this complex patient population.

The NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate conference, held on March 22-25, 2017 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, will cover pre- and post-operative management of complex heart disease, latest in the management of pulmonary hypertension, neonatal myocardium and hemodynamics, among others topics.

“The intent of the conference is to advocate for a team approach between the NICU, cardiac ICU, cardiology, and cardiac surgery for state-of-the-art cardiovascular management of the neonate, with the focus entirely on the patient,” says Dr. Amir Ashrafi, cardiac neonatologist at CHOC, and conference co-chair.

The anticipated event is expected to draw over 500 attendees from more than 11 countries. This includes top experts in the field, such as keynote speaker, Dr. William I. Norwood, Jr., founder of the Norwood procedure – a three-stage heart surgery that creates a new functional systemic circuit in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. A special dinner with Dr. Norwood on his legendary career is slated for March 22.

The dynamic, TED-style talk conference will emphasize group discussion, says Dr. Ashrafi. He invites physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, fellows, residents, and other allied health professionals who specialize in neonatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric intensive care, and cardiothoracic surgery to attend.

After the conference participants will be able to:

  • Follow suggested pre and post-operative management guidelines for the neonate with complex heart disease.
  • Determine treatment options in the premature in the premature neonate with congenital heart disease.
  • Use suggested state-of-the-art management of pulmonary hypertension.
  • Consider neonatal mycocardium and hemodynamics of shock.
  • Follow updated protocols for feeding the neonate with CHD.
  • Review current controversies of the ductus arteriosus.
  • Employ suggested strategies for optimizing long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Given the outcomes and interest surrounding the conference in the last few years, Dr. Ashrafi and his colleagues launched the first international neonatal heart society. The group plans to work closely with other professional organizations such as The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society.

To register for NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate, visit CHOC’s website.  

CME credit is available.


CHOC Physician Engagement Survey Starts April 17

The 2017 Physician Engagement Survey will begin April 17 and conclude May 15 for both campuses – CHOC Children’s Hospital and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital. Don’t miss this opportunity to provide us with your valuable input, which will allow CHOC to further strengthen and improve our programs and services to better meet your needs and the needs of our patients and families.

In appreciation of completing the survey, all participants will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win one of the following prizes: gift card to The Resort at Pelican Hill; gift card to The Ritz-Carlton; gift card to Mastro’s Restaurants; and gift card to Amazon. One winner will be selected each week of the survey.

In a few weeks you will receive information on the survey from both CHOC and Press Ganey, who is conducting the survey on behalf of CHOC. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Castelo, director, business development at CHOC, at 714-509-4329 or

CHOC Doctors’ Day Celebration

In recognition of Doctors’ Day, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize CHOC Children’s physicians for their dedication to the patients and families we serve. Each day they offer hope and healing through their compassionate and world-class care.

CHOC Children’s Hospital

Friday, March 31, 2017

A “Roaring 20s” themed luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at CHOC Children’s Hospital, in the Wade Center, located on the second floor of the CHOC West/Clinic Building.

A recognition ceremony will begin promptly at noon.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 24 to CHOC Business Development, at or or 714-509-4291.

A photographer will be available on site to take professional head shots. To schedule a time, please email Mindy Mahoney, marketing specialist at CHOC, at

CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A special lunch and physician social will be held at 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the tent outside Tower #2.  No RSVP is required.

Lab tests, as well as professional photos, will be provided at 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Pavilion Conference Room.

For questions about Mission Hospital’s event, please call the medical staff office at 949-364-7756.

CHOC Recognized for Use of Health Information Technology to Advance Safe, Quality Care

CHOC recently became the first children’s hospital on the West Coast-and only third in the nation- to receive the Enterprise Davies Award from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The honor recognizes CHOC for its design and use of health information technology to advance outstanding achievements in patient care.

In this podcast, Dr. William Feaster, chief medical information officer, and Dr. James Cappon, chief quality officer, highlight some of CHOC’s investments in health information technology and the impact these investments have had on patient safety. From an electronic medical record-enabled early warning system that has helped close to 400 children avoid resuscitation, with potentially as many lives saved, to breastmilk barcoding to eliminate feedings of the wrong breast milk, CHOC has experienced measurable improvements from its efforts.

Listen to learn how CHOC is making kids’ care better – kids’ lives better – through the use of technology.