A spine surgeon at Orthopedics Northwest, Dr. Michael Chang views his patients as team members. His philosophy to working with patients is based on listening to all of their needs and assuring their comfort and safety. He keeps his patients well informed so that they can make the best decision for themselves. New to Yakima, Dr. Chang hopes to provide the best possible care for spine patients in the city and surrounding communities. When not at work, Dr. Chang enjoys vacationing with his family in Costa Rica, where he first became interested in studying medicine.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
My interest in medicine started when I was a young child. My parents brought a medical encyclopedia with us when we moved to Costa Rica. My interest in medicine started when I found myself interested in reading the medical encyclopedia to learn about the different medical conditions.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I am a strong believer in the team approach when it comes to providing medical care and I consider the patient to be part of the team. In order to provide the best treatment option for the patient, it is important to listen to the patient, to hear what their concerns and needs are, and at the same time give them all the information they need to involve them in the decision making process.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
I think working together as a team and taking a multi-disciplinary approach ultimately improves the outcome and advocacy of healthcare. By pooling the talents and knowledge of all the various specialties, all of us can work together to achieve the best possible outcome. I am happy to work with a specialist at Memorial as well as the inpatient side of the hospital. I hope to be able to provide the best possible care for spine patients in the city of Yakima and surrounding communities.
What do you like about Yakima?
I like the size of the community. I don't have to worry about long commutes or heavy traffic. I also like the people. So far, everybody has been really friendly and has been making it easy for me to get settled in and be part of the community.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I love to spend time with my family. We like to travel.