Dr. Chang will speak on "Microsurgical Treatment of Lymphedema" and Dr. Kandel will speak on "New Clues to Understanding Lymphatic Disorders in Children"
A skilled plastic surgeon, David Chang, MD, of the University of Chicago School of Medicine, specializes in reconstructive surgery in cancer patients. His specific interest and expertise has been in treatment of lymphedema -- chronic swelling of the limbs that occurs in some patients who undergo cancer surgery with lymph node removal and/or receive radiation therapy. Dr. Chang has helped develop and promote procedures such as lymphaticovenular bypass and vascularized lymph node transfers using a surgical microscope to improve the lymphatic drainage. Dr. Chang also has expertise in breast reconstruction and other areas of post-oncologic reconstruction
Dr. Chang has served as the principal investigator on several clinical studies of complex reconstructive microsurgery in cancer patients. His work was instrumental in introducing lymphaticovenular bypass and lymph node transfer to U.S. operating rooms.
Dr. Chang is the author of several leading book chapters and more than 90 peer-reviewed research articles. In addition, Dr. Chang serves as an editorial board member for leading scientific journals including Annals of Plastic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He frequently is invited to speak at national and international conferences on oncologic reconstructive surgery, and has been invited as a visiting professor at leading medical centers worldwide.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Chang has served as a faculty mentor for medical student, residents and clinical and research fellows. Since 2001, Best Doctors Inc. has named Dr. Chang one of the Best Doctors in America.
Jessica Kandel, MD, is the Surgeon-in-Chief, at The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital], Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Pediatric Surgery, and the Vice-Chair for Pediatric Surgical Services (appointed August 1, 2013).
Kandel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale University in 1981, and completed her MD degree at Columbia University in 1985. She then went on to a General Surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (1986–1993). During her residency, Kandel completed a two-year surgical research fellowship with Dr. Judah Folkman at the Boston Children's Hospital, investigating mechanisms of tumor angiogenesis (new blood vessel development that "feeds" tumors). Kandel joined Columbia University in 1995, becoming the Director of the Charles Edison Laboratory for Pediatric Surgical Research in 2000 and, in 2001, co-organized the first Columbia University Arden House Symposium on Angiogenesis. She cofounded the Columbia University Vascular Anomalies Group in 1998, which became a leading resource in the New York City area.
Upon her recruitment to the University of Chicago in 2013, she organized the Vascular Anomalies Group at that institution, https://surgery.uchicago.edu/specialties/pediatric/csp/vascularanomalies/, which has similarly become a resource for patients and families in Chicago.
Kandel has recently developed a novel mouse model of lymphatic malformations, with her coinvestigator, Dr. Carrie Shawber. Combining her basic science research interest and clinical expertise, she seeks to advance the care of patients with lymphatic disorders using the molecular insights derived from this new line of research.