Eric Chang

Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Service, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Areas of treatment:

Radiation Oncology - Central Nervous System


  • Radiation Oncology


  • Department of Radiation Oncology


  • English
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Eric Chang, MD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology
Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Service, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Practicing location:

  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Chang uses advanced radiation therapy techniques to treat a variety of benign and malignant brain tumors, and spine tumors. He is considered a world authority in the use of radiation therapy in the treatment of benign conditions and malignant tumors of the central nervous system, and is highly experienced in handling both routine cases, and the most complex cases requiring radiotherapeutic evaluation in a multi-disciplinary setting of experts comprising neuro-radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists, and neuro-radiologists.

Dr. Chang received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical doctorate degree from Harvard Medical School. His internship in medicine at the California Pacific Medical Center at UC San Francisco and residency training was conducted at the Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, in Boston, Massachusetts. He has held research leadership roles including having served as member, and Chair of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Research Committee (CRC) Chair. He is the 2011 CNS track leader for the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Scientific Program Committee, and member of the ASCO Cancer Education Committee. Dr. Chang is currently the co-leader for the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) brain metastasis guidelines development task force and member of the Annual Program Committee of the Educational Council of ASTRO. He is a current member of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on bone metastases. He has been listed in the Best Doctors Directory. Dr. Chang led a phase III randomized controlled trial on brain metastasis published in the Lancet Oncology 2009 which is starting to change the practice patterns for metastatic brain disease. Dr. Chang has been selected as a plenary speaker for past meetings of ASTRO and the American Association for Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts.

In addition to his leadership roles at Keck Medicine of USC, Dr. Chang also serves as the Medical Director of the Radiation Oncology Service at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, BS, 1990, Biology
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD, 1994, Medicine


California Pacific Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco, CA, Dr. Allan Pont, 6/1994-6/1995


Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Dr. Jay Harris, 7/1995-6/1999


American Board of Radiology, 1999-2019
American Board of Radiology, Maintenance of Certification, 2009-2019

Professional society memberships:

American Society for Radiation Oncology
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Children's Oncology Group (COG)
Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA)
American Radium Society
Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO)
International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS)
North American Skull Base Society (NASBS)
Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS)
American College of Radiology (ACR)
Harris County Medical Society Member
Texas Medical Association Member


Sigma Xi Research Society, 1990
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship Winner, 1993
American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Award, Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, Vail, Colorado, 1997
The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), Howard H. Wong Fellowship in Radiation Oncology, 1997
The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), Travel Grant to attend ESTRO and visit Institute Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif, France, 2001
Named in Strathmore's Who's Who, 2002-2003
Highest rating for teaching in all categories by Residents, 2008-09/2011
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2009-2010, 2011-2012
James D. Cox Mentorship Award, 2011
Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015