2022 Research Day

On behalf of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, we are honoured to announce that Dr. James Chang will be our Hoyle-Campbell Visiting Professor in 2022. Dr. James Chang is currently the Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University.

James Chang, MD

Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor
Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University

Dr. Chang graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with joint degrees in Biology and Economics. He spent a year with Volunteers in Asia as a lecturer in English at the Beijing University of Science and Technology in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Following this, he graduated from Yale Medical School with Alpha Omega Alpha and Cum Laude honors. From 1991 to 1993, he was a Sarnoff Laboratory Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He then completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center and a Hand & Microsurgery Fellowship at U.C.L.A. Medical Center.

He has spent the majority of his career at Stanford where he is currently Professor of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. He is also an Attending Surgeon at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he serves as Director of the Plastic and Hand Surgery Laboratory. His laboratory work involves translating tissue engineering concepts to reconstruction of tendon and bone in mutilated extremities. His clinical work focuses on complex microsurgical reconstruction of the hand.

Dr. Chang is the Hand Surgery volume editor for Converse’s Plastic Surgery, the authoritative six-volume textbook. He was the Royal College of Surgeons Foundation traveling fellow and was awarded the 2006 Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship by the ASSH. Dr. Chang was the Vice-Chair of the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee of the ACGME and a Secretary/Treasurer of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In these positions, Dr. Chang has been very involved in the training and certification of plastic surgeons and hand surgeons on the national level. He was elected to the American Surgical Association in 2010. In 2018, Dr. Chang was President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Chang teaches at Stanford on many levels. His popular sophomore seminar, Surgical Anatomy of the Hand: From Rodin to Reconstruction, is the focal point of an exhibit at the Cantor Art Center in 2014. He has directly mentored over 50 Stanford medical students and is very involved in the training of plastic surgery residents and hand fellows. As C.M.O. of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast), Dr. Chang manages the service and educational programs of this charitable organization that delivers reconstructive surgery to the underserved throughout the world.

He is married to Dr. Harriet Walker Roeder, a psychiatrist. They live on Stanford campus with their three daughters, Julia, Kathleen, and Cecilia. In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling, flyfishing, cycling, watching baseball, and drinking his friends’ expensive wines.

On Thursday, May 26th, 2022 the Visiting Professor will meet with the PGY2-PGY5 and SSTP residents only (during the day). The evening of Thursday, May 26th, 2022 will be dedicated to a UofT GTA Lectureship given by Dr. Chang (details to follow at a later date). Friday, May 27th, 2022 will mark the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Research Symposium, which will be open to all faculty, residents, fellows and alumni. Please mark the dates for these important events on your calendar.

Kristen M. Davidge, M.D. M.Sc. F.R.C.S.(C)
Research Director
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Child Health and Evaluative Sciences,
SickKids Research Institute Associate Scientist, SickKids Research Institute
Christopher R. Forrest, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Chair, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Director, HSC Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto