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Daniel J. Chang, MD

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Primary Specialties: Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

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.

Affiliations Farmington
Education
  • Fellowship
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital United States New York, NY 2019
  • Internship
  • Yale New Haven Hospital United States New Haven, CT 2015
  • Medical School
  • SUNY Downstate Medical School United States Brooklyn, NY 2014
  • Residency
  • Yale New Haven Hospital United States New Haven, CT 2018
  • Undergraduate
  • Johns Hopkins University- School of Medicine United States Baltimore, MD 2010

Reviews

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  • 06/19/2020
    Rating: 4.5

    All staff from front to back want to help you feel better.

  • 06/18/2020
    Rating: 5

    Love Dr Chang [...] the PA was friendly helpful knowledgeable They’re both working w me to get me on the right track. I feel like I’m getting the best care after a bumpy road! They better not leave!!!!

  • 06/17/2020
    Rating: 5

    It was great to finally meet with Dr. Chang, face to face. He was able to help me through the tele-appointment process for 2 months, and he put me on a new med. that seems to be working better for me. Look forward to seeing him in the future.

  • 06/14/2020
    Rating: 5

    Everyone was great