Benjamin Chang, MD, FACS

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Benjamin Chang, MD, FACS, is Co-director of the Hand Transplantation Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an attending surgeon in CHOP’s Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Oral Surgery and Division of Orthopedic Surgery with special expertise treating both soft tissue and bony hand and upper extremity conditions.

Areas of Expertise: Congenital pediatric hand disorders, Hand surgery, Melanoma, Microvascular surgery, Pediatric hand trauma, Pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery, Plastic surgery
Locations: Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care; Specialty Care, King of Prussia; Specialty Care, Abington; Main Hospital; Middleman Family Pavilion

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA


General Surgery - New York University Medical Center, NY
Plastic Surgery - New York University Medical Center, NY


Hand Surgery - New York University Medical Center, NY

Board Certification

Plastic Surgery – American Board of Plastic Surgery
Surgery of the Hand – American Board of Plastic Surgery

Graduate Degree

Titles and Academic Titles

Co-Director, Hand Transplantation Program

Attending Surgeon

Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Congenital hand differences




Patel V, Gendler L, Barakat J, Lim R, Guariento A, Chang B, Nguyen JC. Pediatric hand fractures detection on radiographs: do localization cues improve diagnostic performance? Skeletal Radiol. 2023 Feb;52(2):167-174. PMID: 35982274.

Bauder AR, Graham EM, Shubinets V, Mendenhall SD, Carrigan RB, Lin IC, Shah A, Chang B. Does Irreducibility Always Mean A Complex Dislocation? An Analysis of 33 Pediatric Metacarpophalangeal Joint Dislocations. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2023 Mar 22. PMID: 36946903.

Xu W, Graham EM, Shubinets V, Mendenhall SD, Chang B, Lin IC. An Evolution of the Surgical Management of Synpolydactyly: A Case Series of 21 Hands. Ann Plast Surg. 2023 Jun 1;90(6S Suppl 5):S583-S592. PMID: 36880765.


Silvestre J, Thomson JG, Thompson TL, Chang B, Wilson RH. Analysis of Strengths in Exposure to Cases During Plastic and Orthopaedic Hand Surgery Fellowships. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2022 Aug 1;30(15):721-727. PMID: 35333806

Graham EM, Belardo ZE, Galvez MG, Chang B, Shah AS, Mendenhall SD. Current Treatment and Billing Trends of Postaxial Polydactyly Type B. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2022 Aug 24;10(8):e4485. PMID: 36032376.

Silvestre J, Chang B, Wilson RH. Charting Outcomes in the Hand Surgery Fellowship Match. J Hand Surg Am. 2022 Sep 3:S0363-5023(22)00424-5. PMID: 36064508.

Bram JT, Falk DP, Chang B, Ty JM, Lin IC, Fazal FZ, Shah AS. Factors Influencing Why Children and Their Families Choose Surgery for Ganglion Cysts. J Hand Surg Am. 2022 Nov;47(11):1119.e1-1119.e8. PMID: 34649743


Bram JT, Falk DP, Chang B, Ty JM, Lin IC, Fazal FZ, Shah AS. Clinical Presentation and Characteristics of Hand and Wrist Ganglion Cysts in Children. J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Apr 19. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33888379

Llado-Farrulla M, Fosnot J, Couto J, Chang B, Broach RB, Rios-Diaz A, Fowler JA, Aarons CB, Serletti JM, Butler PD. In Search of Workforce Diversity? A Program's Successful Approach. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 May 1;147(5):1229-1233 PMID: 33890911

Silvestre J, Hines SM, Chang B, Ahn J. Transition to Independent Research Funding Among National Institutes of Health K Grant Awardees at Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2021 May 21. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34019494


Mauch JT, Shubinets V, Chang B, Lin IC. Searching for an Alternative Method to Evaluate Surgical Knowledge: Does a Drawing and Labeling Quiz Predict In-Service Exam Performance and Enhance Learning? J Craniofac Surg. 2020 Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32176016

Silvestre J, Doss LR, Hernandez JM, Serletti JM, Chang B. A Comparison of Case Volume in Craniofacial Surgery by Plastic Surgery Residency Training Model. Ann Plast Surg. 2020 Apr;84(4):449-454. PMID: 31904645

Wink JD, Rhemtulla IA, Fix W, Enriquez F, Mauch J, Barbieri J, Miller CJ, Chang B, Lin IC, Kovach SJ. Reconstruction after Mohs Surgery for Digit Melanoma: Description of Techniques and Post-Operative Limb Function. Journal of Hand and Microsurgery. 2020 August 10. EPub

Azoury SC, Lin I, Amaral S, Chang B, Levin LS. The current outcomes and future challenges in pediatric vascularized composite allotransplantation. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2020 Dec;25(6):576-583. PMID: 33044345

Nguyen JC, Nguyen MK, Arkader A, Guariento A, Sze A, Moore ZR, Chang B. Age-dependent changes in pediatric scaphoid fracture pattern on radiographs. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Dec;49(12):2011-2018. Epub 2020 Jun 25. PMID: 32588097

Azoury SC, Milbar N, Kimia R, Nguyen JC, Othman S, McAndrew C, Kovach SJ, Carrigan RB, Steinberg DR, Bozentka DJ, Lin IC, Levin LS, Chang B. Four-Year Follow-Up of the World's First Pediatric Bilateral Hand-Forearm Transplants: Do They Grow as Expected? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Dec;146(6):1325-1329. PMID: 33234963


Kozak GM, Nathan S, Mauch J, Lawrence JT, Chang B, Lin IC. Is a Hands-on Simulation Model a Better Way to Teach Distal Radius Fracture Reduction and Splint Placement? Plast Recon Surg – Global Open. 2019, May; 7(5S): 10-11

Lee A, Colen DL, Fox JP, Chang B, Lin IC. Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Injuries Presenting to Emergency Departments in the United States: Epidemiology and Health Care-Associated Costs. Hand (N Y). 2019 Aug 23 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31441332

Silvestre J, Caruso VA, Hernandez JM, Serletti JM, Chang B. The Impact of Training Pathway on Breast Surgery Cases Performed during Plastic Surgery Residency. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2019 Dec;43(6):1663-1668. PMID: 31218380


Ho M, Horn BD, Lin IC, Chang B, Carrigan RB, Shah A. Musculoskeletal Injuries Resulting from Use of Hoverboards. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Jan;57(1):31-35. PMID: 28110548

Silvestre J, Ruan QZ, Chang B. Analysis of National Institutes of Health Funding in Hand Surgery. Hand (N Y). 2018 Jan 1:1558944717751719. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29363358

Silvestre J, Lin IC, Levin LS, Chang B. Variability in Resident Operative Hand Experience by Specialty. Hand (N Y). 2018 Jan;13(1):103-107. Epub 2016 Nov 22. PMID: 29291656

Shubinets V, Chang B, Lin IC. Classification of synpolydactyly: experience in 10 children. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2018 Feb;43(2):215-218. PMID: 29022776

Silvestre J, Upton J, Chang B, Steinberg DR. The Impact of Specialty on Cases Performed During Hand Surgery Fellowship Training. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Mar 7;100(5):e29. PMID: 29509625

Colen DL, Fox JP, Chang B, Lin IC. Burden of Hand Maladies in US Emergency Departments. Hand (N Y). Hand (N Y). 2018 Mar;13(2):228-236. PMID: 28720041

Silvestre J, Serletti JM, Chang B. Trends in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Accreditation for Subspecialty Fellowship Training in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 May;141(5):768e-774e. PMID: 29697635

Shubinets V, McAndrew C, Mauch J, Glennon AR, Kovach SJ, Gray BL, Steinberg DR, Bozentka DJ, Lantieri L, Chang B, Levin LS, Lin IC. Partial Hand Transplant: Lessons Learned From Cadaveric Dissection Studies. J Hand Surg Am. 2018 Jul;43(7):634-640. PMID: 29807842

Ben-Amotz O, Kruger EA, McAndrew C, Bozentka D, Steinberg D, Chang B, Lantieri L, Levin LS. Logistics in Coordinating the First Adult Trans-Atlantic Bilateral Hand Transplant: Lessons Learned. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Sep;142(3):730-735. PMID: 29927838

Gatica-Torres M, Steele KT, Chang B, Zhang PJ, Rubin AI. Painful Pseudoclubbing of a Single Nail Unit. Skin Appendage Disord. 2018 Nov;5(1):60-63. PMID: 30643785

Plana NM, Shubinets V, Tecce MG, Lin IC, Chang B. Pollicization of Biphalangeal Index Finger for Type IV Thumb Hypoplasia: A Case Report Describing Preoperative Planning, Intraoperative Decision-Making, and Technical Modifications. Hand (N Y). 2018 Nov;13(6):NP20-NP26. PMID: 29993286



"Displaced Open Physeal Fractures of the Distal Phalanx (Seymour Fracture): Does Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment Result in Worse Outcomes?", Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting, January 8-11, 2020 Ft. Lauderdale, FL "Hand-Forearm Growth in the World’s First Pediatric Bilateral Hand Transplant: A 4-Year Follow-up", Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting, January 8-11, 2020 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Shah A, Bram J, Chang B, Ty, J, Lin, I, Falk, D. Clinical Presentation and Epidemiology of Hand and Wrist Ganglion Cysts in Children" Poster at the 2020 POSNA Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, May 13 - 16, 2020.




Mendenhall SD, Levy TJ, Amaral S, Chang B, Levin LS (Submitted). Hand Transplantation in Children. In Pajardi GE (Ed.): Pediatric Hand Surgery. Springer Nature, Oct. 2023


Wink JD, Ligh CA, Chang B, Randell TR, Benhaim P. Carpal Bone Fractures. In Janis JE (ed.): Essentials of Plastic Surgery, 3e. New York: Thieme, Oct. 2022


Severance G, Levin LS, Chang B, Vissing A. Hand and Upper Extremity Transplantation. In Jacobs ML, Austin N (eds): Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity, 3e. 2021


Bauder A, Chang B: Chapter 20: Soft Tissue Loss in the Hand and Wrist. In Cornwall R and Little K (eds): ASSH Surgical Approaches: Pediatric Hand Trauma. Rosemont, IL: American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2020

Shubinets V, Chang B, Bozentka DJ. Low Median Nerve Palsy Tendon Transfers. In Berejiklian P (ed): Hand Surgery/Tricks of the Trade. Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd. 2020

Posters and Presentations



July 7 & 21, 2021 “Hand Soft-tissue Injuries and Nailbed Repair” APP Workshop at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Simulation Lab in Philadelphia, PA


Awards and Honors

2012-2013, Philadelphia Super Doctor

2011, 2022, Main Line Today’s Top Doctors, Orthopedics

2010-2015, Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine

2008-2015, Best Doctors in America (Castle Connelly)

2008, 2013, Don LaRossa, MD, Annual Teaching Award

2004, 2014, Penn Pearls Clinical Teaching Award

2000, Faculty Sponsor, Christine A. Carmen, M.D.:  First Place Clinical Paper, Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society Meeting, Orlando, FL

2000, Faculty Sponsor, David P. Schnur, M.D.: First Place Clinical Paper, Robert H. Ivy Society 46th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

2004-2007, Editorial board, Annals of Plastic Surgery

Academic positions

2012-present, Academic Clinician Advisory Committee
2009-present, EPIC EMR Faculty Champion, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Oral Surgery

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2010-present, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons

 - Resident Selection Committee, 2014-2016

2006-present, American Association of Plastic Surgeons

2000-present, American Association for Hand Surgery

 - Hand Transplant Taskforce, 2011-2014

1998-present,  Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons

 - Program Committee, 2006, 2009

1998-present, The Ivy Society

1997-present, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

1994-present, American College of Surgeons, Fellow