UCSF neuro-oncologist Susan Chang, MD

Susan Chang, MD

Neuro-oncologist

Director, Division of Neuro-Oncology
Director, UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program
Co-Director, Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program


Specialties: Adult brain tumors, including glioma, glioblastoma, and meningioma

Dr. Chang is the Director of the UCSF Division of Neuro-Oncology and 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 research expertise is in clinical trial design and the development of novel therapies and imaging biomarkers for brain tumors. She is involved in more than 20 active clinical trials that evaluate the wide spectrum of therapeutic treatments, including chemotherapy, targeted agents, immunotherapy, and convection-enhanced delivery of novel agents. 

Dr. Chang is especially dedicated to improving the experience of her patients and their families, with a particular focus on increasing quality of life. She is the founder and Director of the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program, which provides resources and support to the caregivers of brain tumor patients. She is also the co-Director of the Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program focused on comprehensive survivorship care for brain tumor patients.

 

 

Education and Training

1981: BS, University of British Columbia
1985: MD, University of British Columbia
1985-1986: Internship, Pasqua Hospital, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
1986-1987: Residency in Internal Medicine, Plains Health Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
1987-1989: Residency in Internal Medicine, Toronto General Hospital, Ontario, Canada
1989-1991: Fellowship in Medical Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Academic Positions

1991-1992: Lecturer in Internal Medicine, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1992: Director of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1992-1993: Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
1993-1994: Clinical Instructor, Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurosurgery, UCSF
1994-1996: Assistant Clinical Professor, Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurosurgery, UCSF
1996-1998: Assistant Professor in Residence, Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurosurgery, UCSF
1998-2004: Associate Professor in Residence, Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurosurgery, UCSF
2004-Present: Professor in Residence, Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurosurgery, UCSF

Selected Awards

2017: Victor Levin Award, Society for Neuro-Oncology
2008-2014: UCSF Voice of the Patient Pinnacle Award, Press Ganey award for excellence in patient care
2014: John J. Mealey Jr. Neuro-Oncology Lectureship