Bio

Bio


Internal Medicine/Global Health resident at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Professional interests include developing and researching appropriate technologies and innovations for use in low-resource settings, with an emphasis on design thinking and social justice. Areas of focus include non-communicable disease. Other formal training includes bench and translational research background in immunology, cancer biology, and neuroscience.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • The John E. Linck III Memorial Graduation Prize, Yale University (2008)
  • Stanford Medical Scholars Research Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine (2009-2011)
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association Global Health Fellowship, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (2012)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Arnold P. Gold Foundation (2012)
  • Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar, Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program (2014)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Representative, Internal Medicine Committee on Residency Reform, Department of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center (2014 - Present)
  • Resident Member, American College of Cardiology (2015 - Present)
  • Resident Member, American College of Physicians (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences (2015 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (2013 - Present)
  • Member, California Medical Association (2013 - Present)
  • Resident: Medicine/Global Health, Stanford University Hospital (2013 - Present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Stanford Medical Student Clinical Journal (2010 - 2012)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Clinical Research, Immunology, Global Health (2013)
  • Non-degree Program, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability Program (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science, Yale University, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (Neurobiology Track) (2008)

Patents


  • Andrew Chang, Carey Lee, Pamela Pavkov, Karen Lee, Michael Strasser. "United States Patent Attorney docket number: S11-190 Provisional Patent: “Low Cost Bubble CPAP Device”", Jun 1, 2011

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


The field of tumor immunology has raised many questions concerning the interactions between cancer and the immune system. Though initial dogma held that an individual's immune system was largely ignorant of neoplastic cells (since they would be perceived as "self") continued study has revealed that cancer cells actively evade host defenses, while the human immune system has "surveillance" mechanisms to search for malignant tissues. We believe that a critical juncture at which to study the immune-tumor interaction is the tumor draining sentinel lymph node, often the first location of metastasis in solid cancers. In particular, we are interested in observing possible changes in immune cell composition and activity in lymph nodes invaded by malignancy. We believe comparisons between them and healthy nodes can further clarify the interaction, leading to greater understandings of both systems.

In addition to my basic science work, I am extremely interested in public health as well, especially in analyzing device design for the developing world. I am working with an interdisciplinary team from the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design to develop a low-cost bubble CPAP device (less invasive alternative to mechanical ventilation to treat pediatric pneumonia) for regions of the world where concentrated oxygen is not available.

Publications

All Publications


  • Regenerative Medicine: Potential Mechanisms of Cardiac Recovery in Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. Current treatment options in cardiovascular medicine Chang, A. Y., Kittle, J. T., Wu, S. M. 2016; 18 (3): 20-?

    Abstract

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is an increasingly reported cause of acute chest pain and acute heart failure and is often associated with significant hemodynamic compromise. The illness is remarkable for the reversibility in systolic dysfunction seen in the disease course. While the pathophysiology of takotsubo syndrome is not completely elucidated, research suggests the presence of a cytoprotective process that allows the myocardium to recover following the inciting insult. Here, we summarize molecular and histologic studies exploring the response to injury in takotsubo disease and provide some discussion on how they may contribute to further investigations in cardiac recovery and regeneration.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11936-016-0443-0

    View details for PubMedID 26874708

  • The Global Health Implications of e-Cigarettes. JAMA Chang, A. Y., Barry, M. 2015; 314 (7): 663-664

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jama.2015.8676

    View details for PubMedID 26284714

  • Evaluating the Cost-effectiveness of Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation. Arrhythmia & electrophysiology review Chang, A. Y., Kaiser, D., Ullal, A., Perino, A. C., Heidenreich, P. A., Turakhia, M. P. 2014; 3 (3): 177-183

    Abstract

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common cardiac conditions treated in primary care and specialty cardiology settings, and is associated with considerable morbidity, mortality and cost. Catheter ablation, typically by electrically isolating the pulmonary veins and surrounding tissue, is more effective at maintaining sinus rhythm than conventional antiarrhythmic drug therapy and is now recommended as first-line therapy. From a value standpoint, the cost-effectiveness of ablation must incorporate the upfront procedural costs and risks with the benefits of longer term improvements in quality of life (QOL) and healthcare utilisation. Here, we present a primer on cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), review the data on cost-effectiveness of AF ablation and outline key areas for further investigation.

    View details for DOI 10.15420/aer.2014.3.3.177

    View details for PubMedID 26835088

  • Trial of Zolpidem, Eszopiclone, and Other GABA Agonists in a Patient with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Case Reports in Medicine Chang, A. Y., Weirich, E. 2014; 2014: 5
  • Spatial organization of dendritic cells within tumor draining lymph nodes impacts clinical outcome in breast cancer patients JOURNAL OF TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE Chang, A. Y., Bhattacharya, N., Mu, J., Setiadi, A. F., Carcamo-Cavazos, V., Lee, G. H., Simons, D. L., Yadegarynia, S., Hemati, K., Kapelner, A., Ming, Z., Krag, D. N., Schwartz, E. J., Chen, D. Z., Lee, P. P. 2013; 11
  • Center-surround vs. distance-independent lateral connectivity in the olfactory bulb FRONTIERS IN NEURAL CIRCUITS Kim, D. H., Chang, A. Y., McTavish, T. S., Pateland, H. K., Willhite, D. C. 2012; 6

    Abstract

    Lateral neuronal interactions are known to play important roles in sensory information processing. A center-on surround-off local circuit arrangement has been shown to play a role in mediating contrast enhancement in the visual, auditory, and somatosensory systems. The lateral connectivity and the influence of those connections have been less clear for the olfactory system. A critical question is whether the synaptic connections between the primary projection neurons, mitral and tufted (M/T) cells, and their main inhibitory interneurons, the granule cells (GCs), can support a center-surround motif. Here, we study this question by injecting a "center" in the glomerular layer of the olfactory bulb (OB) with a marker of synaptic connectivity, the pseudorabies virus (PRV), then examines the distribution of labeling in the "surround" of GCs. We use a novel method to score the degree to which the data fits a center-surround model vs. distance-independent connectivity. Data from 22 injections show that M/T cells generally form lateral connections with GCs in patterns that lie between the two extremes.

    View details for DOI 10.3389/fncir.2012.00034

    View details for Web of Science ID 000304625700001

    View details for PubMedID 22666190

  • Learning to live together: harnessing regulatory T cells to induce organ transplant tolerance. Yale journal of biology and medicine Chang, A. Y., Bhattacharya, N. 2011; 84 (4): 345-351

    Abstract

    The discovery of immune cells with regulatory effects has created considerable excitement for their potential use in inducing tolerance to transplanted tissues. Despite the fact that these cells possess essential functions in vivo, attempts to translate them into effective clinical therapies has proved challenging due to a number of unanticipated complexities in their behavior. This article provides a broad summary of research done to understand the largest of the regulatory cell subtypes, namely CD4+Foxp3+ Regulatory T cells (T(Regs)). Special attention will be paid to current and future difficulties in using T(Regs) clinically, as well as room for improvement and innovation in this field.

    View details for PubMedID 22180672

  • Lateral connectivity in the olfactory bulb is sparse and segregated FRONTIERS IN NEURAL CIRCUITS Kim, D. H., Phillips, M. E., Chang, A. Y., Patel, H. K., Nguyen, K. T., Willhite, D. C. 2011; 5

    Abstract

    Lateral connections in the olfactory bulb were previously thought to be organized for center-surround inhibition. However, recent anatomical and physiological studies showed sparse and distributed interactions of inhibitory granule cells (GCs) which tended to be organized in columnar clusters. Little is known about how these distributed clusters are interconnected. In this study, we use transsynaptic tracing viruses bearing green or red fluorescent proteins to further elucidate mitral- and tufted-to-GC connectivity. Separate sites in the glomerular layer were injected with each virus. Columns with labeling from both viruses after transsynaptic spread show sparse red or green GCs which tended to be segregated. However, there was a higher incidence of co-labeled cells than chance would predict. Similar segregation of labeling is observed from dual injections into olfactory cortex. Collectively, these results suggest that neighboring mitral and tufted cells receive inhibitory inputs from segregated subsets of GCs, enabling inhibition of a center by specific and discontinuous lateral elements.

    View details for DOI 10.3389/fncir.2011.00005

    View details for Web of Science ID 000290153700001

    View details for PubMedID 21559072

  • Hydrophilic Graft Modification of a Commercial Crystalline Polyolefin J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. Jihoon Shin, Andrew Y. Chang, Lacie V. Brownell, Ira O. Racoma, Coreen H. Ozawa, Ho-Yong Chung, Shufu Peng, Chulsung Bae 2008; 46: 3533-3545
  • Regioselective functionalization of high-molecular-weight crystalline polyolefins via C-H activation of methyl side group Polymer Preprints Hoyong Chung, Andrew Y. Chang, Ira O. Racoma, Coreen H. Ozawa, Chulsung Bae 2006; 47: 247-248