It is with great sadness that the Hydrocephalus Association announces the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Taeun Chang, after a two-year battle with cancer. Dr. Chang was a valuable member of our Medical Advisory Board and truly loved by so many, including all of her colleagues and patients. Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with her family and friends.
Dr. Chang was a graduate of MIT, Cambridge, MA and the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and her child neurology training at Children’s National Medical Center. She was the Director of the Neonatal Neurology and Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s National.
Among her many roles, she was an active member of the Child Neurology Society and the Society for Pediatric Research, and a founding member of the Newborn Brain Society. She was a pioneer in the field of neonatal neurology and dedicated her life to improving the care of infants with neurological conditions. She was a mentor to many and an innovator in her field. She received many grants and awards, including the 2022 Children’s National Hospital Clinical Research Mentoring Award.
Joining HA’s Medical Advisory Board in 2019, Dr. Chang served as the sole pediatric neurologist. She served on the MAB COVID Taskforce that created the association’s Covid guidelines for our hydrocephalus community. She shared her expertise at our 2018 National Conference on Hydrocephalus in Orange County, CA as well as at our 2018 Hydrocephalus Education Day at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She also served as the Medical Co-Chair for the National Capital WALK to End Hydrocephalus.
Dr. Chang will be deeply missed by all of us here at HA as well as by so many, including the patients and families whose lives she touched in her work in neonatal critical care.
We will post an update with information on memorial services as well as where donations can be made in her name.
Click HERE to learn More about the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) of the Hydrocephalus Association.