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About Dr. Robert S Chang
Dr. Robert S Chang, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Torrance, CA, with other offices in West Hollywood, CA and Rolling Hills Estates, CA . He has 46 years of experience. His specialties include Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Chang is affiliated with Little Company Of Mary San Pedro Hospital, Providence Little Co of Mary Medical Center Torrance and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chang has received 3 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Robert S Chang has the following 3 specialties
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
- Critical Care Medicine
Also sometimes referred to as intensivists, critical care specialists are physicians with specialized training in the diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions. Some of these conditions affect vital organs like the heart and lungs, those that make breathing difficult or impossible, and those that affect entire organ systems, like the renal system.
Critical care specialists are typically found in a hospital's intensive care unit where they monitor patients with life-threatening conditions and make determinations as to the best course of treatment.
- Pulmonary Disease
A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the lungs and respiratory tract.
These specialists are similar to critical care specialists in that their patients often require mechanical ventilation to assist their breathing.
Pulmonologists diagnose and treat patients with conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, COPD, and emphysema. Exposure and inhalation of certain toxic substances may also warrant the services of a pulmonologist.
Some of the tools and tests pulmonologists use to diagnose a patient are a stethoscope in order to listen for abnormal breathing sounds, chest X-rays, CT scans, blood tests, bronchoscopy, and polysomnography.
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Angiographic Visualization
- Chest Infection
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.
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A little over ten years ago I had the privilege of witnessing Dr. Chang treat my dying uncle with dignity, warmth, tender humor and profound respect. Here are excerpts from the letter I wrote to Dr. Chang in 2007: "The P.T. had just helped Don into a sitting position with his legs over the side of the hospital bed when I saw you walking down the hall toward the room. It was a comforting feeling, seeing you coming. "The room lit up as you gave Don a warm greeting. Then, with a jump-and-a-twist you landed sitting on the bed, close and caring, right next to Don. The next ten to fifteen minutes were so, so special. There you were, touching shoulders with my Uncle, listening and loving him as you gave him time to share his needs and desires. "As I witnessed the sweetness of your connection with Don, I was touched by the sense of “family” in the room. The P.T. and the P.T. Assistant stood nearby, honoring Don with their full attention. You and Don sat buddy-buddy on the bed. What a magical moment-in-time. Five souls brought together to bear witness and to become “a family” for Don. You created a miracle with your strength of love and presence. And taking your lead, we joined you in blessing this precious man as he gathered his thoughts in preparation for his last flight. If only this sacred gathering could have been video taped for every doctor-to-be to experience. Dr. Chang, you have blessed my life and my Uncle’s beyond measure. I pray that if ever the chips seem to be down and your job (or life itself) appears to be a thankless one, I hope you will remember that your magnificent ability to be present, listen attentively and be deeply compassionate has touched more lives than you’ll ever know. As my friend Barbara Jack says, “What you do is more than what you do.”
I went in to see Dr. Chang, a month ago, due to my bronchitis. He's very knowledgeable and quick to response to his patients need. He discovered my bone cancer by CT scan on my lung (metastasis from breast cancer). I can't thank him enough for noticing something was odd and ordered a CT and PETscan, which I have been asking my oncologist since my chemo treatment but never got it. I credited Dr. Chang for following his instinct and save my life. I am fighting it, as I am writing this review. I would recommend Dr. Chang without hesitation. He called right away when I have questions. He won't rush you. He actually listened to your concern, which I appreciate. I hope this info help a bit. Thank you Dr. Chang! :)
Dr. Chang diagnosed my lung cancer nearly 3 years ago. He is the most compassionate and intelligent and proactive doctor that I have ever had. He really cares about his patients and I know other patients who also regard him as their "favorite doctor," as I do! Even my primary care doctor who sent me to him said, "You will love him." I would not mind if I had to wait for him in the waiting room because he is worth waiting for. He knows what to do and takes the time to listen, care, educate, and communicate clearly!
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011, 2013)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Patients' Choice Award (2013, 2014)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Regional Top Doctors
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Dr. Chang is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
46 Years Experience
Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1972
Lac Usc Medical Center
Dr. Robert S Chang accepts the following insurance providers.
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
Blue Shield California
- BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
- Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
- Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
- Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
- Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
- Blue Shield CA PPO
- Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
- Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
- Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
- Blue Shield CA Trio ACO HMO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Health Net EPO - PureCare One Small Business
- UHC SignatureValue Flex1
- UHC SignatureValue Flex3
- UHC SignatureValue Focus
- UHC West SignatureValue HMO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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