Taeun Chang, M.D.
- Director, Neonatal Neurology Program
Taeun Chang, M.D., passed away on June 18, 2022, from complications of cancer, which she bravely battled over the past two years.
Dr. Chang was a graduate of MIT, Cambridge, MA for her undergraduate degree and the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh before completing her child neurology training at Children’s National in 2003 after which she joined our faculty. Tae held the rank of Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at GW. An exceptional neonatal neurologist – the best of her generation – she was selfless in fostering and supporting the careers of all those around her. Dr. Chang was the director of the Neonatal Neurology and Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s National Hospital. In 2004, she created the neonatal neurocritical care service, the second such program in the country and the only one in the region. With her leadership, this concept has grown, and now neonatal-neurology programs are found in most Level IV NICUs across the nation and internationally. Additionally, Dr. Chang collaborated with many departments as a key contributor to improving patient care including the Epilepsy Program, Hemimegalencephaly Program and the Prenatal Pediatrics Institute.
Dr. Chang was an active member of the Child Neurology Society and the Society for Pediatric Research as well as a founding member of the Newborn Brain Society and a beloved mentor to many. She was a pioneer in the field of neonatal neurology. An innovator, scientist and, above all, dedicated clinician, she worked tirelessly to improve the care of infants with neurological conditions in the NICU. She was the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including most recently, the 2022 Children’s National Hospital Clinical Research Mentoring Award, a testament to her legacy and impact on numerous trainees in the field of neonatal neurocritical care.
We express our sincere condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, patients and mentees who are feeling the profound loss of an incredible physician, scientist, teacher and human being.