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


Clinics I work with

Brain Tumor Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Epilepsy Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Movement Disorders Clinic

Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

1651 Fourth St., Suite 232
San Francisco, CA 94158

Neurosurgery Clinic

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Trigeminal Neuralgia Clinic

See our Bay Area locations for neurology and neurosurgery and learn about the clinic.

My reviews


Overall Experience
132 Reviews
Dr Chang was the only care provider I have seen over the past 27+ years who took the time to thoroughly explain and understand my position and my condition
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
130 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
129 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
129 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
132 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
131 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
131 Reviews

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."