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Daniel Chang, M.D.

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Dr. Chang earned dual bachelor’s degrees (molecular and cellar biology and economics) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and his Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY.

He completed his internship and anesthesiology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and the Weill Cornell Tre-Institutional Pain Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery.

Before joining the National Spine and Pain Centers in late 2019, Dr. Chang worked as an anesthesiologist and pain management physician at a practice based in Hartford, CT, and Springfield, MA.

“I employ a multi-modal approach to pain management specializing in minimally invasive interventional treatment, functional therapies, and medication management that are designed to help reduce pain, minimize the burden of medications, and improve function to maximize the quality of life.”

He is encouraged by the advancements being made in the field of neuromodulation technology. “There seems to be a lot of hope in what it can offer in terms of treating pain using a non-opioid approach,” he said. “I have had extensive training and experience in spinal cord stimulation being used as a technology that attempts to treat patients suffering from persistent lower back and leg pain despite undergoing spine surgery.”

When it comes to medicine, Dr. Chang knows the main focus is the patient. “Only they can tell you what they’re feeling or going through, and sometimes just letting them talk about their situation can be therapeutic,” he said. “I curtail my treatment to each patient because every patient’s circumstances are different.”

His favorite part of working at NSPC is seeing patients get better. “It really is satisfying when I know that I’ve made a positive impact in somebody else’s life and help them be more functional and see their pain improve,” he said. “That becomes my goal — to help other people who are suffering from pain get better so they can continue doing what they enjoy.”

Dr. Chang likes to maintain an active life after the workday ends. Playing and watching sports — mainly football, basketball, and tennis — is a passion. (He was a member of the Johns Hopkins University, varsity tennis team while earning dual bachelor degrees.) He enjoys traveling around the world with his wife but also relaxing on the couch with their dog.

Education
  • College
  • Economics Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship
  • Weill Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Hospital for Special Surgery New York, NY
  • Weill Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY
  • Weill Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell New York, NY
  • Internship
  • General Surgery Yale-New Haven Hospital New Haven, CT
  • Medical School
  • MD SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Brooklyn, NY
  • Residency
  • Anesthesiology Yale-New Haven Hospital New Haven, CT