On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, Rowland W. (Bing) Chang, MD, MPH, became one of 23 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) doctors to become an ACR Master. The designation of ACR Master is one of the highest honors ACR bestows. It is given to members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to ACR and to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students and profession.
An active volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation, Dr. Chang has served on the national board of directors since 2006 (including board chair from 2016-2018). He is a past recipient of the Foundation’s highest tribute to volunteers, the Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service.
Dr. Chang is noted for his clinical, epidemiologic and health services research focused on the outcomes of rehabilitation and surgical treatments for patients with arthritis. He is also interested in identifying the causes of functional limitations in clinical and community populations with arthritis.
As part of this interest, he worked with a research team that was among the first to identify sedentary behavior and the lack of physical activity as important risk factors for functional decline and the onset of disability in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). These studies have led to recommendations for scalable healthy physical activity and dietary interventions for those with or at risk of knee OA.
Dr. Chang started his work at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago in 1982, where he is currently a professor of preventive medicine, medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Additionally, he leads doctors, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers and other rehabilitation professionals in the care of arthritis patients at his clinical practice at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago).
Dr. Chang earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine and his graduate public health education (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a residency program at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, followed by rheumatology training at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (Hammersmith Hospital) and a clinical/research rheumatology fellowship at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital.