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Richard S. Chang, MD

Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (Lung Surgery), Thoracic Surgical Oncology (Lung Cancer Surgery)

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Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (Lung Surgery), Thoracic Surgical Oncology (Lung Cancer Surgery)
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Area of focus ?
Lung cancer
LVHN Affiliates
Lehigh Valley Heart Institute
Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute
Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence
Languages spoken
English

Dr. Chang's Locations

less than  km
from 
Center for Advanced Health Care

1250 S Cedar Crest Blvd
Suite 310
Allentown, PA 18103-6224
United States

Conditions Dr. Chang Treats

Services Dr. Chang Offers

About Dr. Chang

Philosophy of care

Each of my patients is special and I try my best to treat each person as a whole.  I believe in merging the most advanced technological surgical techniques with a holistic approach. 

Also, I am a member of the thoracic cancer multidisciplinary consultation team. Together we review your diagnostic information and give you a written opinion reflecting the scope of your condition and recommendations for your best course of care.

Why I entered medicine

I believe medicine and surgery is a true life's calling. To be able to dedicate oneself in treating others is truly a privilege and honor. Surgery allows me to focus on the "moment" that is almost a spiritual experience.

Community involvement

While I was practicing in Philadelphia, I started a community 10k and 5k run in Washington Crossing to beat lung cancer. Not only to raise for money for lung cancer research but also to educate the public about lung cancer screening. As a thoracic surgeon, my role extends beyond operating. I potentially can save more – even lives – through education.

Personal interests

I enjoy martial arts, meditation, hiking, camping and fishing.

Education

Undergraduate
McGill University, Bsc - Architecture, Physiology, 1991

Medical Training
Hahnemann University School of Medicine, MD - Doctor of Medicine, 1995

Training

Internship 1995
Surgery, Albany Medical College

Resident 1996
Surgery, Albany Medical College

Internship 1997
Transitional, Frankford Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA

Resident 1998
General Surgery, New York Medical College, Vallhalla, NY

Resident 1999
General Surgery, New York Medical College, Vallhalla, NY

Resident 2000
General Surgery, New York Medical College, Vallhalla, NY

Resident 2001
General Surgery, New York Medical College, Vallhalla, NY

Chief Resident 2002
General Surgery, New York Medical College, Vallhalla, NY

Resident 2003
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Resident 2004
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Resident 2005
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Certifications

American Board of Surgery - Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

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