Eric I. Chang, MD, FACS

Eric Chang, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Director, Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship Training Program

Treatment Focus

Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery; Breast Reconstruction utilizing DIEP, SIEA, muscle-sparing TRAM, TRAM, SGAP, and Latissimus dorsi flaps; Head and Neck Reconstruction; Upper and Lower Extremity Reconstruction; Complex Abdominal Wall and Chest Wall Reconstruction; Complex Perineal Reconstruction; Soft Tissue Sarcoma Reconstruction; Melanoma and Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Reconstruction; Cosmetic Surgery; Lymphedema Treatment with Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer and Lymphaticovenous Bypass (LVBP) 

Treatment Philosophy

The treatment of cancer can be a challenging journey that often requires a multidisciplinary approach.  After completing two fellowships in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery, I have the privilege to join the staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center, which offers state-of-the-art techniques, innovation, and research to meet these challenges.

However, compassion, honesty, and communication are even more important qualities that contribute to the successful treatment of each and every patient.  This is something that I learned early on in my career not in the classroom or in the laboratory, but at the patients’ bedside so that they are not alone on this journey.

As a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, I believe comprehensive cancer treatment should focus on not only removing the cancer but also on restoring normal form and function.  The art of cancer care depends on both curing the patient as well as achieving the best aesthetic and functional outcomes.  My sincerest goal is to provide all my patients with the best reconstructive results possible in order to hasten their recovery.

Certainly the exemplary multispecialty care provided by Fox Chase centers on patient education and involvement in their own treatment planning.  This is particularly important when discussing complicated reconstructive options, which is why having a specialist who is well-trained in multiple reconstructive procedures and techniques is not only beneficial but essential to maximizing results for my patients.

In addition, I am actively involved in multiple clinical and basic science research projects that will help contribute to improving reconstructive outcomes for our patients. 

As one of the premier cancer centers in the country, Fox Chase is uniquely situated to provide the necessary resources in order to expand our current knowledge and to develop new innovations in oncologic care.  This yields yet another benefit that can be offered to my patients as we embark upon this journey together.


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Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Microsurgery, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Fellow, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Postdoctorate Research, Plastic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Postdoctorate Research, Institute of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Laboratory for Microvascular Research and Vascular Tissue Engineering, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY 
  • Resident, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • BA/MD, MDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, 2002


  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery 


  • American College of Surgeons
  •  American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council 
Patient Stories

Judith Ingraham


Judith Ingraham


In November 2014, at the age of 58, Judith Ingraham noticed a small lump on the lower part of her left leg near her ankle. “I went to my primary care physician who sent me for an ultrasound and then an MRI.  The results were inconclusive so I went for a second opinion and an X-ray. I was told by that doctor to leave it alone unless it grew larger and he insisted it would never be cancer,” recalls Judith.

Catherine Rosenberg


Catherine Rosenberg


Catherine Rosenberg’s cancer journey began in 1990, at the age of 8, when she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a soft-tissue tumor that occurs near joints, most often the knee. Her parents enlisted the best doctors and her treatment with radiation therapy was successful. However, as with most cancer treatment, there are side effects. Catherine developed severe swelling in her leg, a condition known as lymphedema.

Andrea Snyder

Breast Cancer

Andrea Snyder

Breast Cancer

Five years cancer-free is a welcome milestone for anyone diagnosed with cancer, and Andrea Snyder was no exception. Originally diagnosed in 2006 with breast cancer, Andrea came to Fox Chase Cancer Center for her treatment. She had surgery (a lumpectomy), followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Fortunately, Andrea continued to come to Fox Chase for follow-up care because in 2012, she learned the cancer was back.

Darlene Collins

Breast Cancer

Darlene Collins

Breast Cancer

Darlene Collins worries about African American women and breast cancer. As a breast cancer survivor herself, she knows from talking with friends that many women don’t have a firm handle on what all their options are.

Research Profile

Research Interests

Microvascular tissue engineering, stem cell biology, tumor cell biology, clinical outcomes research for breast reconstruction and head and neck reconstruction 


Selected Publications

“Improved operative efficiency of free fibula flap mandible reconstruction with patient-specific, computer-guided preoperative planning.” JM Toto1, EI Chang1, R Agag, K Devarajan, SA Patel, NS Topham. Head and Neck. 2015; 37(11): 1660-1664. 

 “Evolution of bilateral free flap breast reconstruction over 10 years: Optimizing outcomes and comparison to unilateral reconstruction.” EI Chang, EI Chang, MA Soto-Miranda, H Zhang, N Nosrati, S Ghali, DW Chang. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2015; 135(6): 946e-953e.

 “Principles and practice of reconstructive surgery for head and neck cancer.” SA Patel, EI Chang. Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America. 2015; 24(3): 473-489. 

 “Challenging a traditional paradigm: 12-year experience with autologous free flap breast reconstruction in patients with inflammatory breast cancer.” EI Chang, EI Chang, R Ito, H Zhang, AT Nguyen, RJ Skoracki, MM Hanasono, MA Crosby, N Ueno, KK Hunt. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2015; 135(2): 262e-269e. 

 “Choosing the optimal timing for contralateral symmetry procedures after unilateral free flap breast reconstruction.” EI Chang, JC Selber, EI Chang, N Nosrati, H Zhang, GL Robb, DW Chang. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2015; 74(1): 12-16. 

 “Chimeric pedicled latissimus dorsi flap with lateral thoracic lymph nodes for breast reconstruction and lymphedema treatment in hypercoaguable patient.” D Vibhakar, S Reddy, W Morgan-Hazelwood, EI Chang. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2014; 134(3): 494e-5e. 

 “Comprehensive analysis of donor site morbidity in abdominal-based free flap breast reconstruction.” EI Chang, EI Chang, MA Soto-Miranda, H Zhang, N Nosrati, GL Robb, DW Chang. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013; 132(6): 1383-1391. 

 “Demystifying the use of internal mammary vessels as recipient vessels in free flap breast reconstruction.” EI Chang, EI Chang, MA Soto-Miranda, N Nosrati, GL Robb, DW Chang. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013; 132(4): 763-768. 

 “Salvage rates of compromised free flap breast reconstruction after recurrent thrombosis.” EI Chang, BT Carlsen, JH Festekjian, AL Da Lio, CA Crisera. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2013; 71(1): 68-71. 

 “Chest wall reconstruction for sternal dehiscence after open heart surgery.” EI Chang, JH Festekjian, TA Miller, A Ardehali, GH Rudkin. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2013; 71(1): 84-87. 

 “Recent trends in career choices of residents following plastic surgery training.” FA Herrera, EI Chang, A Suliman, CY Tseng, JP Bradley. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2013; 70(6): 694-697. 

 “Effects of adjuvant radiation therapy for breast cancer based on type of free flap reconstruction.” EI Chang, TS Liu, JH Festekjian, AL Da Lio, CA Crisera. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013; 131(1): 1-8. 

 “Long term follow-up of patients after total abdominal wall reconstruction for Prune Belly Syndrome.” MA Lesavoy, EI Chang, AS Suliman, SE Kim, JR Taylor, RM Ehrlich. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2012; 129(1): 104-109. 

 “Vascular complications and microvascular free flap salvage: The role of thrombolytics.” EI Chang, BJ Mehrara, JH Festekjian, AL Da Lio, CA Crisera. Microsurgery. 2011; 31(7): 505-509. 

“Assessment of advanced age as a risk factor for microvascular breast reconstruction.” EI Chang, L Vaca, AL Da Lio, JH Festekjian, CA Crisera. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2011; 67(3): 255-259.