Virginia W. Chang
Associate Professor of Global Public Health
Virginia W. Chang, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Global Public Health and Interim Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NYU College of Global Public Health (CGPH), Associate Professor of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine, and Affiliated Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at NYU. As a physician and sociologist, Dr. Chang integrates perspectives from medicine, epidemiology, sociology, and demography in her research. Much of her work has focused on obesity and health disparities, engaging topics such as the influence of socially structured context (e.g., racial segregation, neighborhood disorder); the association of obesity with mortality and disability; and the inter-relationships between health, medical technologies, and stratification. Her research program has been funded by the NIH/NICHD, the NIH/NHLBI, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Veterans Health Administration, the Measy Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association. In 2008, Dr. Chang was named Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year by the Society of General Internal Medicine. In 2010, she was honored with the Marjorie A. Bowman Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for achievement in the health evaluation sciences. Dr. Chang is a graduate of the Inteflex Program at the University of Michigan, where she received her BS and MD degrees. She then completed a residency in internal medicine, fellowship training with the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, and a PhD in sociology, all at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Chang was in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a staff physician at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center.