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Edward F. Chang


Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Edward Chang is a neurosurgeon who treats adults with difficult-to-control epilepsy, brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and movement disorders. He specializes in advanced brain mapping methods to preserve crucial areas for speech and motor functions in the brain. He also has extensive experience with implantable devices that stimulate specific nerves to relieve seizure, movement, pain and other disorders. He is the chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Chang's research focuses on the brain mechanisms for speech, movement and learning. He co-directs the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses, a collaborative enterprise of UCSF and the University of California, Berkeley. The center brings together experts in engineering, neurology and neurosurgery to develop state-of-the-art biomedical technology to restore function for patients with neurological disabilities such as paralysis and speech disorders.

Chang earned his medical degree at UCSF, where he also completed a residency in neurosurgery. He was honored with the Blavatnik National Laureate for Life Sciences in 2015. In 2020, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, an honor that recognizes outstanding achievements and service in the fields of medical sciences, health care and public health. 

  • Education

    UCSF School of Medicine, 2004

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Neurosurgery, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (5)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    146 Ratings
    Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
    143 Ratings
    Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
    143 Ratings
    Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
    140 Ratings
    Knew the important information about your medical history
    145 Ratings
    The provider showed respect for what you had to say
    145 Ratings
    The provider spent enough time with me
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    Decorative Caduceus

    Model-based Electrical Brain Stimulation

    A personalized decoder is trained for each patient using the recorded neural activity and self-reports. Then this decoder is used to estimate the biomarker purely from neural activity; that is, based on neural activity, it will re...


    My work

    A life-changing breakthrough

    New technology conceived by Dr. Chang sent the words of a man who is paralyzed and unable to speak from his brain to text on a screen.

    Tailor-made brain surgery

    Dr. Edward Chang diagnosed the cause of Vanessa Ross' seizures and customized her brain surgery to be minimally invasive.

    How the brain helps you sing or say what you mean

    Our calling

    "What's exciting at UCSF is learning in a way that takes care of patients."

    Minimally invasive epilepsy surgery at UCSF

    Dr. Chang discusses when to consider surgical treatment for epilepsy and the options we offer.