Frank Chang, MD
Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (1975)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, California State University - Chico (CA) (1971)
Internship:
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine Program (1976)
Residency:
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine Program, Orthopedic Surgery (1980)
Fellowships:
  • Alfred I Dupont Institute, Pediatric Orthopedics (1981)
Languages: English, Mandarin
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Orthopedics
  • CMN/Helppi Family Chair in Orthopedic Movement Analysis
  • Medical Director, Center for Gait and Movement Analysis

Recognition & Awards

  • James Strain Award, Children's Hospital Colorado medical staff (2012)
    Selected for demonstrating the ideals of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Katheleen Lyle Murray Award, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (2008)
    Selected for impact on society through my humanitarian efforts to enhance the lives of persons with severe multiple disabilities
  • Colorado Rockies Award for , Colorado Rockies Baseball team (2007)
    Rockies Award for Community Service in the Disabled Community
  • Everyday Hero, Channel 7 (2007)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Children's Miracle Network (2006)

Research Interests

My research focuses on outcomes for procedures to improve gait abnormalities of children with cerebral palsy (CP), development and treatment of hip dysplasia in children with CP, the benefits of adaptive sports on children with chronic disabilities, and treatment that can improve the orthopedic function of children with CP.

Teaching

  • Professor (1981)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics
    Cerebral Palsy and Abnormalities of Gait

Publications

  • Carollo JJ, Worster K, Pan Z, Ma J, Chang F, Valvano J. Relative phase measures of intersegmental coordination describe motor control impairments in children with cerebral palsy who exhibit stiff-knee gait. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2018 Nov;59:40-46. PubMed PMID: 30145412
  • Chang FM, May A, Faulk LW, Flynn K, Miller NH, Rhodes JT, Zhaoxing P, Novais EN. Outcomes of Isolated Varus Derotational Osteotomy in Children With Cerebral Palsy Hip Dysplasia and Predictors of Resubluxation. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 May Jun;38(5):274-278. PubMed PMID: 27280898
  • Novais EN, Pan Z, Autruong PT, Meyers ML, Chang FM. Normal Percentile Reference Curves and Correlation of Acetabular Index and Acetabular Depth Ratio in Children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Mar;38(3):163-169. PubMed PMID: 27261963

Professional Memberships

  • Denver Medical Society, Member
  • Colorado Medical Society (CMS), Member
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Member
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), Member
  • Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA), Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Orthopaedic Section, Member
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Member
  • North American Society of Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis, Member
  • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-478-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Orthopedics, Board Certification (1997)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System - Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Brain and Nervous System - Movement Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System - Cerebral Palsy
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Surgery
  • Brain and Nervous System
Clinical Interests
I've dedicated my career to helping maximize the function of children with chronic disabilities. I specialize in treating children with bone or muscular deformities that result from brain or spinal injuries or conditions. I spend the majority of my time treating children with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to maximize function and comfort for all children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. I also treat osteogenesis imperfecta, gait abnormalities, and other common pediatric orthopedic conditions.

Care Philosophy
Whether they need surgical or non-surgical care, I strive to help children with chronic disabilities be the best they can be. I also believe that adaptive sports can make a big difference in the lives of children with disabilities.

Personal Interests
I enjoy skiing, spending time with my granddaughters, photography, flat-water kayaking, fishing, and hiking.

Volunteer Activities
I've been very involved with the Children's Hospital Colorado ARCH (Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health) program for more than 30 years. I've seen the difference it's made in the lives of hundreds of children over the years.

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (1975)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, California State University - Chico (CA) (1971)
Internships:
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine Program (1976)
Residency Programs:
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine Program, Orthopedic Surgery (1980)
Fellowships:
  • Alfred I Dupont Institute, Pediatric Orthopedics (1981)
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Languages: English, Mandarin
Department: Orthopedics
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