About Frank E. Chang, M.D.
Frank E. Chang, M.D., is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and founder of the former Mid-Atlantic Fertility Centers. He is a native of Washington, D.C., and completed his medical training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston after graduating from Stanford University. His post-graduate training included a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, also at Ohio State. He began clinical practice in Bethesda, MD, in 1985. Dr. Chang served as clinical associate professor of reproductive endocrinology at The George Washington University and director of the resident teaching program for reproductive endocrinology at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Chang was also chairman of the gynecology department at Suburban Hospital.
- Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ohio State University
- Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Ohio State University
Awards & Recognition
- Washingtonian’s Top Doctors for Infertility (1993-2019)
- Washington Consumers CHECKBOOK’s Area’s Outstanding Physicians (1998-2015)
- Front Cover of Washingtonian Magazine (2005)
- Best Doctors in America
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a doctor/reproductive endocrinologist?
A: I became interested in being a physician when I was 14 and my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did quite a of bit of medical research in high school and after I went to medical school, I became interested in infertility. In 1978, when I was in my second year of medical school, Louise Brown was born from a new procedure known as “test tube babies.” It was very controversial then but it was a fascinating new field that I wanted to know more about. As I learned more about infertility treatment, the more appealing it became because it was a field that could bring incredible joy to patients and their families. I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in the field for more than 30 years. The scientific achievements are simply amazing and I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to practice during this time.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: Throughout my life, my parents have been my greatest source of inspiration. They came to the United States as immigrants on scholarships so that they could study in the U.S. In the late 1940s, China was at war and they fortunately chose to stay in the U.S. They worked very hard and achieved a great deal of success, not only professionally but also in raising their family. They always stressed education and its importance and instilled in us a work ethic that we have instilled in our own children. My father finally retired at the age of 91 from his civil engineering firm in Georgetown. While it is not possible to match their accomplishments, their example has been a goal that we strive towards.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: I enjoy running, though at this point, I am not as fast as I used to be. It’s a great way to relax and get some much needed exercise. I enjoy traveling and I have found that running is a great way to see the sites up close.
Q: What about SGF makes you the most proud?
A: In more than 30 years of practice, I have never met a group of professionals like we have at Shady Grove Fertility. The professionalism is unmatched. There is incredible energy and passion exhibited every day. There is constant medical innovation but also great innovation in improving the patient experience and care. Putting patients first is the mantra here and I am extremely proud to have had a chance to work in such a great practice. I can’t imagine that there is another medical practice that can compare. Having said that, we know that we need to strive to continually improve.
In more than 30 years of practice, I have never met a group of professionals like we have at Shady Grove Fertility.
“Thank you Dr. Chang and staff members for helping my dream of being a mother come true. My husband and I struggled for 5 years trying to get pregnant after having several procedures, which included a cyst removal and the flushing of my tubes, I was still unable to conceive naturally. I am so blessed to have met Dr. Chang and nurse Holly. They went above and beyond to make sure I conceived. Dr. Chang was so confident that I would get pregnant. He was right!”
“We don’t think our baby would have been born if not for the dedication and professionalism of you and your colleagues at Shady Grove Fertility. Everyone there will forever be in our hearts. “
“I highly recommend Dr. Chang at SGF to make your dream of being a parent come true. He is very knowledgeable, caring, and determined to get you pregnant. My husband and I struggled for 5 years trying to conceive. Nothing worked and we started to give up when God blessed us with a family member that conceived via IVF at Shady Grove Fertility. The whole staff is so warm and welcoming that you feel as if you are family. They went above and beyond to get us pregnant. I am forever grateful for my beautiful baby girl thanks to Dr. Chang. I pray God continues to anoint him to help families like mine conceive. Thank you!! Thank you!!!”
“Dr Frank E. Chang, is the best doctor and he is so kind and will listen to all your concerns kindly. I was treated by Dr. Chang and blessed with twins. I would strongly recommend Dr. Chang.”
“Dr. Chang is the fourth RE we have seen in the last four years. We had an unsuccessful IVF cycle out of state, and came to Dr. Chang with our ideas. He listened and worked with us, and we felt like he was truly there for us. He was so willing to work with us to create our best outcome. We are happy to say that this IVF cycle was a success and yielded much better results than our previous cycle at another clinic. We highly recommend Dr. Chang.”
“Dr. Chang and his staff at SGF are a gem! His staff was always clear and prompt with delivering information to us and took the time to listen and address any concerns or questions we had. I never felt rushed during appointments and really felt the staff went the extra step to explain things to me. Infertility can be confusing and discouraging, but I felt very safe in their hands. I definitely recommend Dr. Chang!”
“Dr. Chang is the reason that I have twin sons who will be 18 in three months. I will never forget how easy he was to talk to and how well he led me through the infertility process and communicated with me and my husband. I am so glad to see that he is still practicing in the area!”
“I can’t say enough about Dr. Chang. He was put on this earth to help couples get pregnant and that is exactly what he did for us. He is brilliant with a wonderful bedside manner. I highly recommend Dr. Chang.”
“We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kindness, genuine concern and excellent care we received from you. You gave us many reasons to feel confident with your knowledge and skills as a physician. Without your diagnosis, treatment plan and skilled hands we would not be a happy expecting couple today. We cannot say enough good things about what your have done for us. Thank you so much.”
“Through the storyline of our journey there is a single thread of calming assurance. Your guidance. And I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for all that you have done for (my husband) and me…For your responsiveness to our questions and patience in detailing the rationale behind our options. For designing a protocol that made this possible. …Thank you for being a continued – and consistent- source of logic and kindness in our experience at Shady Grove.”
“We can’t thank you enough for the “miracle” you have given us! We are so glad we came to see you a year ago and that you encouraged me to move on and try one more time. I guess I never thought with our odds that it would ever happen for us…and I guess I thought wrong and we owe it all to you!!”
- Chang F, Richards S, Malarkey W, Kim M. 24-hour prolactin profiles and prolactin response to dopamine in long distance runners. J Clin Endo Metab. 1989;59(4):631-35.
- Chin N, Chang F, Dodds W, Kim M, Malarkey W. Acute effects of exercise on plasma catecholamines in sedentary and athletic women with normal and abnormal menses. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1987;157:938-44.
- Chang F, Kim M. Hormone secreting tumors of the ovary. In: Gold J, ed. Gynecological Endocrinology. New York: Taylor & Francis, 1987.
- Chang F, Dodds W, Sullivan M, Kim M, Malarkey W. The acute effects of exercise on prolactin and growth hormone secretion: comparison between sedentary women and women runners with normal and abnormal menstrual cycles. J Clin Endo Metab. 1986;62(3):551-6.
- Richards S, Chang F, Bossetti B, Kim M, Marlarkey W. Serum carotene levels in long distance runners. Fertil Steril. 1985;43(1):79-81.
- Richards S, Chang F, Moynihan V, O’Shaughnessy R. Metastatic breast cancer complicating pregnancy. J Reprod Med. 1984;29:211-3.
- Friedman C, Schmidt G, Chang F, Kim M. Ovarian hyperstimulation in an in-vitro patient. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1984;150(4):436-7.
- Chang F, Kim M. Chronic anovulation. Clinic Obstet Gynecol. 1984;27(4):941-52.
- Richards S, Chang F, Stempel L. Hyperlactemia associated with acute ritrodrine infusion. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1983;146(1):1-5.