Sam S. Chang

Vice-Chair and Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Urologic Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sam S. Chang, MD, Patricia and Rodes Hart Endowed Professor of Urologic Surgery and Oncology, is the Oncology Fellowship Director and Vice-Chair of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Chang,a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt University Medical School where he earned a full 4-year Justin Potter Scholarship, completed his uro-oncology fellowship as Chief Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has also recently completed his MBA at Vanderbilt’s Owen School.
Since his return to Nashville, he has focused on urologic oncology and education and has led efforts in integration of evidence-based medicine in clinical pathways, enhanced guidelines formulation, and improved cancer staging. He has orchestrated the initiation and expansion of multiple cancer-related treatment protocols at Vanderbilt and elsewhere. Dr. Chang has served as the Chairman of the SUO Panel on Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer, the chair of the American Joint Committee on Cancer GU Staging Task Force, the Chair of the AUA Guidelines on Noninvasive Bladder Cancer, the Facilitator of the Renal Malignancy Follow-Up AUA Guidelines Panel, and Chairman of the AUA Prostate Cancer Core Curriculum Committee. He is a current member of the NCCN Kidney Cancer Panel and Chair of the AUA/ASCO/ASTRO/SUO Bladder Cancer Guidelines Panel. In addition, he was an AUA-EAU Academic Exchange Fellow. Dr. Chang has authored more than 250 original publications, multiple book chapters and edited several textbooks. For his academic efforts, he received the SUO’s first-ever Distinguished Service Award, a CaPCURE Young Investigator Award, and has been named multiple times as a Journal of Urology’s Best Reviewer. Dr. Chang was named as the 2011 recipient of the American Urologic Association Gold Cystoscope Award and completed a term as a Fellow of the Nashville Health Care Council in 2016.


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