Meet a PennMedicine Researcher


Virginia W. Chang, M.D, Ph.D.Virginia Chang, MD, PhD

Virginia W. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology. Since joining the Penn faculty in 2003, she has made significant and sustained contributions towards our understanding of the complex nature of obesity, from the influence of neighborhoods on the risk of obesity, to the relationship between obesity and the quality of medical care, and the inter-relationship between obesity, medical technologies and social disparities in health. Given the alarming rise in obesity in the United States, the significance of her work cannot be overstated.

Dr. Chang was the winner of the 2010 Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, which recognizes achievements in the health evaluation sciences.  Dr. Chang was honored for her important and influential work investigating the social determinants and consequences of obesity.