October 1, 2018

Dr. Michael Chang recently was named chief medical officer for USA Health and associate vice president for medical affairs and professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Chang to USA Health. In his new role, Dr. Chang will be responsible for leading clinical quality and safety initiatives that support the performance and practice standards across the health system as it continues to grow,” said Dr. John Marymont, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the USA College of Medicine. 

“I am extremely excited to join the progressive and highly functioning leadership team here at USA Health,” Dr. Chang said. “This health care system is well into the journey of providing high-quality, safe, and patient-centered care as it continues to expand its clinical and research activities across the Gulf Coast.”

Prior to his appointment at USA, Dr. Chang served as chief medical officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and chief quality officer for the Wake Forest Baptist Health System in Winston Salem, N.C. He was also a professor of surgery at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and the executive director of the Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Service Line.

“We value the expertise and insight that Dr. Chang brings to USA Health,” said Owen Bailey, chief executive officer for USA Health. “As a key member of senior leadership, Dr. Chang will work closely with the entire USA Health team to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of care delivery.”

Nationally, Dr. Chang serves as the chair of the Trauma Quality Improvement Program at the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, and is a recognized national expert in quality assessment and performance improvement.

Dr. Chang received his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his residency in general surgery at UAB and fellowship training in critical care and trauma surgery at Vanderbilt. He has spent the last 24 years in Wake Forest, before moving to the Gulf Coast and USA Health.