David F. Chang, M.D.

David F. Chang, M.D. is an internationally recognized cataract sub-specialist. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard College and earned his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was promoted to Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in 1999. He has taught cataract surgery to ophthalmology residents in training for more than 25 years. Dr. Chang is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, one of the leading ophthalmology academic centers in Asia.

Dr. Chang regularly lectures on cataract techniques and the newest lens implants to other surgeons in the U.S. and abroad, and has received numerous prestigious national and international awards. He has received the highest honor for cataract surgery from the following organizations: ASCRS (Binkhorst Medal), AAO (Kelman Lecture), Asia Pacific Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (Lim Medal), United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (Rayner Medal), Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Award of Excellence/Stein Lecture), Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Society (Gold Medal), Italian Ophthalmological Society (Strampelli Medal), and Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (Gregg Medal). He is the 2014 recipient of the Jose Rizal International Medal, the highest international award from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2006, became only the third ophthalmologist to ever receive the Charlotte Baer Award honoring the outstanding clinical faculty member at the UCSF Medical School. In 2014, he was also voted the 5th most influential ophthalmologist in the world by the international readership of The Ophthalmologist.

Among Dr. Chang's other major awards and named lectures are the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award (2002), Senior Achievement Award (2008) and Secretariat Award (2003, 2006, 2007, and 2009). He was the inaugural recipient of the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2005). In addition to those previously mentioned, he has been selected to deliver the following named lectures: Transamerica Lecture (UCSF), Williams Lecture (UCSF), Wolfe Lecture (University of Iowa), DeVoe Lecture (Columbia-Harkness), Gettes Lecture (Wills Eye Hospital), Helen Keller Lecture (University of Alabama), Kayes Lecture (University of Washington, St. Louis), Thorpe Lecture (Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society), Schutz Lecture (MEETH & New York University Medical Center), Wallace-Evans Lecture (Casey Eye Hospital, Oregon), Kambara Lecture (Loma Linda), Boyaner Lecture (McGill), Herbert Lecture (UC Irvine), Rodriguez Lecture (Univ Arizona), Jules Stein Lecture (UCLA-Jules Stein), Paton Medal Lecture (Baylor/Cullen Eye), Malouf Lecture (Univ Maryland), John Chang Lecture (ISO, China) and the Proctor Lecture (UCSF/Proctor Foundation).

He has given the keynote lectures at the Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Society Annual Meeting, Argentinean Society of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, and the Chinese American Ophthalmological Society’s 20th anniversary meeting.

Dr. Chang is on the executive committee of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), which is the largest international sub-specialty organization for cataract and refractive surgeons, numbering over 9000 members. He formerly chaired the organization’s Cataract Committee and served as the 2012-2013 ASCRS president.

From 2005-2013 Dr. Chang served on a select national panel that writes the practice guidelines for cataract surgery that are used worldwide (American Academy of Ophthalmology Preferred Practice Pattern Committee), and was the chairman of this committee from 2009-2013. He was previously chairman for another national advisory panel for the Board Certification Examination in cataract surgery (American Academy of Ophthalmology Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum Committee). From 2004-2009 he served a 5-year term as chairman of the Program Committee for the largest and most prestigious ophthalmology meeting in the world, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Annual Meeting.

Dr. Chang has written numerous papers and chapters on cataract surgery, and is the author or editor of four best-selling textbooks on advanced cataract surgical techniques and artificial lens implants. His textbook Mastering Refractive IOLs covers the new lens implants, such as multifocal, accommodating, and toric lenses, and is considered the most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on the subject. He is the Chief Medical Editor for EyeWorld, one of the most widely read specialty trade journals for ophthalmologists.

He is on the editorial board of numerous ophthalmology journals and previously served for 5 years as Chief Medical Editor for Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today.

Dr. Chang serves on the medical advisory board of several global humanitarian organizations, Himalayan Cataract Project, Project Vision, and Wonder Works. Dr. Chang is also co-chair of the ASCRS Foundation, overseeing its international humanitarian programs. He was previously on the Board of Directors for the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Chang is highly sought after as a consultant for ophthalmic research companies. He has designed a number of popular cataract surgical instruments that bear his name and are used worldwide. As a clinical investigator, Dr. Chang was the first surgeon in the United States to implant the light adjustable artificial lens (2009) and the first dual optic accommodating IOL (2005). He was also the first US surgeon to use the nanotechnology drug delivery system following cataract surgery (2008) and the second to use the LensAR femtosecond laser for cataract surgery (2009). Dr. Chang is in the current national edition of Best Doctors in America, and is listed in the current "Best Doctors" surveys in Bay Area Consumers Checkbook, San Francisco Magazine, and San Jose Magazine. He has maintained his private practice in Los Altos since 1984, and developed and built the Peninsula Eye Surgery Center, which opened in 2005.

For additional information on Dr. Chang go to www.changcataract.com.


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