Taeun Chang, M.D., is Director of the Neonatal Neurology and Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s National Hospital. She is also a Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She joined the staff of Children’s National in 2003 after completing her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and her child neurology fellowship at Children’s National. In 2004, she created the neonatal neurocritical care service, the second such program in the country and the only one in the region. The program now has seven neonatal neurologists, the largest in the world.
Currently, the program consults on one out of every three neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients, has cooled over 500 newborns since 2006, developed neonatal protocols for neuromonitoring, neuroimaging and seizures, and provides subspecialty clinics for neonatal neurology and perinatal brain injury. Dr. Chang is active in national organizations or study groups in establishing electroencephalogram (EEG) guidelines, seizure trials and neuroprotective therapies specific for newborns. She has published over 80 scientific articles and book chapters. Her research activities include neuromonitoring, neonatal seizures, placental and neurodisabilities, and neurotherapeutic clinical trials. Her mission is to advocate and expand clinical and translational research in prenatal-neonatal brain injury and neonatal neurotherapeutics.