EducationCollege/University: B.S. Biochemistry, Cum Laude (2003-2007); University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Medical School: M.D. (2007-2011); Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD
Internship/Residency: Internal Medicine (2011-2014); Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Tacoma, WA
Fellowship: Infectious Disease (2014-2017); San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), San Antonio, TX
BiographyMajor David Chang, MD is an active duty U.S. Army officer and specializes in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. He is stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), Germany, a 218-bed facility that serves as the evacuation and treatment center for injured U.S. Service Members, dependents, DoD civilian personnel, and coalition forces. He also serves as a regional consultant in infectious diseases to other military physicians in three area’s of operation: EUCOM, CENTCOM and AFRICOM. MAJ Chang also holds an appointment from the Uniformed Services University as Assistant Professor of Medicine.
MAJ Chang earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in biochemistry. He then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center (Tacoma, WA) and fellowship in Infectious Disease at the San Antonio Uniformed Health Education Consortium (San Antonio, TX).
While the majority of his time is spent on patient care, he is also passionate about the rising rates of antibacterial resistance and sits on LRMC Antibiotic Stewardship committee and chairs the Infection Prevention and Control committee. He has published on novel treatments for drug resistant organisms, experiences in tuberculosis transmission among Air Force trainees, and lessons learned from creating an antibiotic stewardship program in a DoD hospital. Most recently, he is helping to expand infectious disease virtual health capabilities at LRMC and is actively providing continuing medical education for primary care physicians stationed in Europe.
He has been recognized for training medical students and is the recipient of the James J. Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. For his research he also received the ID Week travel grant twice for his work on Acinetobacter baumannii and antibiotic stewardship implementation. Upon completion of fellowship, MAJ Chang was awarded the SAUSHEC Housestaff Hall of Fame for his national presentations and publications.
In his free time, MAJ Chang likes to explore Europe and improve his culinary skills. He has also trained with the German Bundeswehr in a versatility competition and is looking forward to hiking and skiing the Alps over the next year.
Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments
2017 House Staff Hall of Fame (Awarded to the top 2 Fellows who significantly contributed to scholarship over the course of their training) - SAUSHEC
"Top Papers" published by the US Army Institute of Surgical Research/Naval Medical Research Unit - San Antonio (USAISR/NAMRU-SA) for March 2016 (3 selected out of 25 publications)
3rd Place Poster Competition - Texas ID Society Annual Meeting 2017
3rd Place Fellow Research Podium Competition - SAUSHEC Research Day 2015
Garcia RA, Tennent DJ, Chang D, Wenke JC, Sanchez CJ. An In Vitro Comparison of PMMA and Calcium Sulfate as Carriers for the Local Delivery of Gallium(III) Nitrate to Staphylococcal Infected Surgical Sites. BioMed research international. 2016;2016:7078989.
Chang D, Garcia RA, Akers KS, Mende K, Murray CK, Wenke JC, Sanchez CJ. Activity of Gallium Meso- and Protoporphyrin IX against Biofilms of Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Isolates. Pharmaceuticals (Basel, Switzerland). 2016;9(1).
Webber BJ, Wozniak EJ, Chang D, Bush KN, Wilson MC, Watts JA, Yun HC. A case of Chagas cardiomyopathy following infection in south central Texas. US Army Med Dep J. 2017 Jan-Jun: 55-59.
Hawkley TF, Chang D, Pollard WL, Ferraro DM. Ecthyma gangrenosum caused by Citrobacter freundii. BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Jul 27;2017. pii: bcr-2017-220996. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2017-220996.
Chang D, Webber BJ, Hetrick SM, Owen JB, Blasi AA, Steele BM, Yun HC. Challenges with diagnosing and investigating suspected active tuberculosis disease in military trainees. MSMR. 2017 Aug;24(8):12-16.
Chang D, Okulicz JF, Nielsen LE, White BK. A Tertiary Care Center’s Experience with Novel Molecular Meningitis/Encephalitis Diagnostics and Implementation with Antimicrobial Stewardship. Mil Med 2017 Dec 11. doi: 10.1093milmed/usx025.
Pomerantz HS, Chang D, Abuzeid MJ, White BK. A Woman with a Rash after Cosmetic Tattooing of the Eyebrows. Consultant. 2018;58(3):116.