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Chang joins med school

David C. Chang, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, has been appointed director of outcomes research in the Department of Surgery at the UCSD School of Medicine. In this role, Chang will develop an outcomes-based research program to help improve the nation’s health care systems by shaping the direction of science research, public policy and clinical practice.

Outcomes research focuses on measuring the impact of nonbiologic factors, such as quality of life, satisfaction with care, hospital readmissions, resource utilization, insurance and costs of care on patient outcomes. For example, a recent study conducted by Chang found that uninsured sick children in the U.S. were 60 percent more likely to die in the hospital than those with insurance.

Before this appointment, Chang was a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Recently, he held a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery at Howard University and directed the Howard-Hopkins Center for Surgical Outcomes Research.