There are numerous plastic surgeons in and around Columbia, Maryland, but few offer Dr. Eric Chang's rare blend of impressive credentials and genuine compassion. Dr. Chang earned his medical degree from Columbia University after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, and then completed a combined general and plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. After becoming a board-certified plastic surgeon, he returned to his home state and established Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, one of the premier cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery practices between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
Dr. Chang's personable demeanor helps you feel relaxed and comfortable from the moment you first meet him. Feel free to request a consultation using our online form, or call our office at
Dr. Chang values the time he spends with each patient and knows that listening to the concerns and cosmetic goals they express is one of the keys to ensuring that they are overjoyed with their results.
"It's very important that I personally spend whatever time is necessary with a patient during her or his consultation," Dr. Chang says. "I take at least 30 minutes to make sure I understand not only what their aesthetic concerns are, but why they are considering a cosmetic procedure."
As a specialist in both surgical and non-surgical treatments, Dr. Chang offers unbiased recommendations and will be happy to advise you on less-invasive options. For patients who opt for injectable treatments such as fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dr. Chang personally performs all injections, ensuring safe, predictable outcomes.
Dr. Chang has equal appreciation for the aesthetic and reconstructive aspects of plastic surgery and takes pride in offering patients advanced surgical options that can be life-changing. His interest in plastic surgery was initially sparked by the gratification he felt from performing procedures such as breast reconstruction and reconstruction for patients with disfiguring conditions resulting from birth defects, skin cancer, or traumatic injuries. This remains a significant portion of his practice, and is one way he gives back to underserved communities both in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.
He also enjoys the cosmetic side of his practice, which allows him to help individuals feel more attractive and confident.
"I found myself drawn to plastic surgery because I was interested in reconstructive procedures," Dr. Chang says. "But the aesthetic part of plastic surgery feeds my artistic side."
Dr. Chang grew up in Maryland and graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. He then attended Yale University, where he pursued not only pre-medical studies but also earned a degree in East Asian Studies, focusing on China. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1995, and was accepted into the prestigious College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University for medical school. He was then selected to complete his residency training in both general and plastic surgery at world-renowned Stanford University.
Dr. Chang's curriculum vitae is filled with numerous honors, including being named a "Top Doctor" by U.S. News & World Report — an exclusive list limited to the top 10% of plastic surgeons in the area. Other honors and awards include being selected by Frederick Magazine readers for inclusion in the "Top Docs" issue and receiving the Merksamer Scholarship Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and being named the Best Plastic Surgeon in Howard Magazine's 2015 Reader's Poll published in The Baltimore Sun.
The professional distinctions Dr. Chang has earned include:
Dr. Chang is the author of several journal articles and book chapters, and has served as a guest resident reviewer for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery® and the Journal of Hand Surgery. He has presented his research at several national plastic surgery meetings.
Dr. Chang and his wife live in Columbia with their 3 children.