Acting Chief Research and Development Officer
Kyong-Mi Chang, M.D., was named acting chief research and development officer for VA, effective Dec. 1, 2015. She succeeds Timothy J. O'Leary, M.D., Ph.D., who retired from federal service on Nov. 30, 2015.
Most recently, Chang has been the associate chief of staff for research and associate dean for research at the Corporal Michael J Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (UP) Perelman School of Medicine.
A gastroenterologist, Chang established the GI/Liver clinic at the Philadelphia VA in 1999 and directed the clinic through 2012. Her main clinical expertise is in liver disease, including viral hepatitis B and C (HBV and HCV).
As a researcher, Chang has specialized in the immune mechanisms of viral persistence and liver disease progression in patients with HBV and HCV, with and without HIV- and alcohol-related comorbidities. She is also co-leading a project aimed at using data from VA's Million Veteran Program to learn more about the role of genetics in metabolic diseases.
Chang has been a member of the Abramson Cancer Center, the Center for AIDS Research, the Institute for Immunology, and the Women in Gastroenterology Committee at UP. She has also co-directed the Immunology Program at the NIH Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease, based at UP, and been associate director of the Center for Viral Hepatitis at UP's hospital.