Sam S. Chang, MD, MBA, Patricia and Rodes Hart Endowed Professor of Urologic Surgery and Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee serves as the first Chief Surgical Officer at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. Dr. Chang, a graduate of Princeton University and Justin Potter Scholarship Awardee at Vanderbilt Medical School, completed his uro-oncology fellowship as Chief Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
Since his return to Nashville, he has focused on urologic oncology and education and has led efforts in integration of evidence-based medicine in clinical pathways, enhanced national guidelines formulation, improved urologic cancer staging, and promoted multi-disciplinary cancer treatment initiatives. He has orchestrated the initiation and expansion of multiple cancer-related treatment protocols at Vanderbilt and elsewhere. Recognized early in his career with a CaPCURE Prostate Cancer Young Investigator award (now Prostate Cancer Foundation Award), Dr. Chang has served as the Chair of the SUO Panel on Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer, the Chair of the American Joint Committee on Cancer GU Staging Task Force, the Facilitator and Vice-Chair of the Renal Malignancy Follow-Up AUA Guidelines Panel, the Chair of the AUA/ASCO/ASTRO/SUO Guidelines on Non Invasive and Invasive Bladder Cancer, and the Chair of the AUA Prostate Cancer Core Curriculum Committee. He was a former member of the AUA Foundation Prostate Advisory Board and is a current member of the NCCN Bladder Cancer Panel, Chair of the AUA Public Policy Panel, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)’s Scientific Advisory Board, and the Editor in Chief of the American Board of Urology Examination Committee (2021-2024). He was elected (2018-2022) as Assistant Secretary of the American Urological Association. In 2021, Dr. Chang was also named as a member of the AUA Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.
While maintaining a busy clinical surgical practice focused on prostate, kidney and bladder cancer, he has recently earned his MBA at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Business. He completed his term as a nominated Fellow of the Nashville Health Care Council in 2016. Dr. Chang has authored more than 450 original publications and multiple book chapters as well has edited several textbooks. For his academic efforts, he received the SUO’s first-ever Distinguished Service Award and the AUA Gold Cystoscope Award. His mentoring efforts have been recognized with the Society of Women in Urology (SWIU) Christina Manthos Mentoring Award in 2021.