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Su-Hsin Chang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

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Graduate School

Ph.D. in Economics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. 2010.

S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 2004.

Post Doctoral Education

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. 2010-2011.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Center. 2011-2012.

Honors and Awards

Ministry of Education Graduate Fellowship, Taiwan. 1995-1997.

Fellowship, Department of Economics, Johns Hopkins University. 2004-2008.

Travel Award, Department of Economics, Johns Hopkins University. 2008, 2009.

Studying Abroad Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan. 2008-2010.

Travel Award, Econometric Society World Congress. 2010.

Washington University KM1 Career Development Award. 2012-2013.

AHRQ K01 Career Development Award. 2013-2017.

Research Interests

Dr. Chang is an applied econometrician and a health economist. Dr. Chang’s research focuses on health and economic consequences of obesity and surgical treatments of obesity. Her research uses economic and econometric/statistical modeling to evaluate program and treatment effects. Dr. Chang’s research areas include treatment effect and policy evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, and comparative effectiveness.

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Ave.
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis MO 63110
(314) 862-8623

Selected Publications

Chang S-H, Freeman NLB, Lee J, Stoll CRT, Calhoun AJ, Eagon JC, Colditz GA. Early major complications after bariatric surgery in the USA, 2003-2014: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. 2018 Apr;19(4):529-537. Click here for review protocol.

Chang S-H, Liu X, Carlsson NP, Park Y, Colditz GA, Garonzik-Wang J, Chapman WC, Wellen JR, Doyle MB, Alhamad T. Reexamining the association of body mass index with overall survival outcomes after liver transplantation. Transplantation Direct, 2017 Jun 12;3(7): e172. doi: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000000681.

Chang S-H
, Luo S, Thomas TS, O’Brian KK, Colditz GA, Carlsson NP, Carson KR. Obesity and the transformation of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance to multiple myeloma: a population-based cohort study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2017; 109(5): djw264.

Chang S-H, Yu Y, Carlsson NP, Liu X, Colditz GA. Racial disparity in life expectancies and life years lost associated with multiple obesity-related chronic conditions: a simulation study. Obesity (Silver Spring), 2017 May;25(5):950-957.

Leung M, Carlsson NP, Colditz GA, Chang S-H. The burden of obesity on diabetes in the United States: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2008-2012. Value in Health, 2017 Jan;20(1):77-84.

Alhamad T, Malone AF, Lentine KL, Brennan DC, Wellen J, Chang S-H, Chakkera HA. Selected mildly obese donors can be used safely in simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation. Transplantation, 2017 Jun; 101(6):1159-1166.

Chang S-H, Luo S, O’Brian KK, Thomas TS, Colditz GA, Carlsson NP, Carson KR. Association between metformin use and progression of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance to multiple myeloma in US veterans with diabetes mellitus: a population-based retrospective cohort study. The Lancet Haematology, 2015;2:30-36.

Leung M, Pollack LM, Colditz GA, Chang S-H. Life years lost and lifetime healthcare expenditures associated with diabetes in the U.S., National Health Interview Survey, 1997-2000. Diabetes Care, 2015;38:1-9.

Chang S-H, Stoll CR, Song J, Varela JE, Eagon CJ, Colditz GA. The effectiveness and risks of bariatric surgery: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis, 2003-2012. JAMA surgery. 2014 Mar;149(3):275-87. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2013.3654. Click here for supplemental material, including review protocol and additional articles.

Chang S-H, Pollack LM, Colditz GA. Obesity, mortality, and life years lost associated with breast cancer in nonsmoking U.S. women, National Health Interview Survey, 1997–2000. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2013 Nov 14;10:E186. doi: 10.5888/pcd10.130112.

Beason TS, Chang S-H, Sanfilippo KM, Luo S, Colditz GA, Vij R, Tomasson MH, Dipersio JF, Stockerl-Goldstein K, Ganti A, Wildes T, Carson KR. Influence of body mass index on survival in veterans with multiple myeloma. Oncologist. 2013;18(10):1074-9. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2013-0015. Epub 2013 Sep 18.

Chang S-H, Pollack LM, Colditz GA. Life years lost associated with obesity-related diseases for U.S. nonsmoking adults. PLoS ONE 8(6): e66550. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066550.

Carson KR, Bartlett NL, McDonald JR, Luo S, Zeringue A, Liu J, Fu Q, Chang S-H, Colditz GA. Increased body mass index is associated with improved survival in united states veterans with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012 Sep; 30(26):3217-22.

Chang S-H, Beason TS, Hunleth JM, Colditz GA. A systematic review of body fat distribution and mortality in older people. Maturitas. 2012 Jul;72(3):175-91.

Chang S-H, Stoll CR, Colditz GA. Cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery: should it be universally available? Maturitas. 2011 Jul;69(3):230-8.

Editorial Positions


Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Maturitas, Preventing Chronic Disease, 2013
British Journal of Cancer, PLoS One, Journal of American College of Nutrition, BMJ Open, 2014
Journal of American Medical Association, Diabetes Care, Preventing Chronic Disease, 2015
Diabetes Care, Medical Care, Value in Health, 2016
Diabetes Care, Medical Decision Making, Medical Decision Making Policy and Practice, PLoS One, Cancer Epidemiology, Transplantation, Transplantation Direct, Ophthalmology, 2017
Medical Decision Making Policy and Practice, 2018

Editorial Board:
Medical Decision Making Journals, 2017-2019