Susan Chang, M.D., is Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and holds the Lai Wan Kan Endowed Chair. She is an investigator in the Brain Tumor Center and is co-leader of the Neuro-Oncology Program at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Chang is an internationally recognized leader in the field of neurological malignancies. She specializes in the treatment of adults with brain tumors, including glioblastomas and meningiomas. Dr. Chang’s major research focus is on the development of novel therapies for brain tumor patients in addition to the assessment of novel imaging markers of prognosis and treatment response. She is the co-principal investigator of a UCSF SPORE project evaluating the role of magnetic resonance spectroscopy in diagnosing tumors and evaluating therapeutic interventions. She is also the principal investigator for a program project grant (P01) focusing on noninvasive markers of molecular subtypes of glioma. She is a member of the executive committee for the Response Assessment in NeuroOncology (RANO) group and has served in many leadership roles in the Society for NeuroOncology including President. In 2022, Dr. Chang was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neuro-Oncology.
Dr. Chang is especially dedicated to improving the experience of her patients and their families, with a particular focus on increasing their quality of life. She is the medical director of the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program, developed to address the needs of family members and others who care for patients with brain tumors. She is also the co-director of the Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program focused on comprehensive survivorship care for brain tumor patients.
Dr. Chang received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and completed a residency in internal medicine at Plains Health Centre and Toronto General Hospital. She completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, as well as a fellowship in neuro-oncology at UCSF, subsequently joining as faculty.