Dr Chang Haw Chong

Dr Chang Haw Chong Dr Chang Haw Chong specialises in sports and key-hole surgeries as well as knee replacement surgeries. He graduated from from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Medicine in 1994. He was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1998. The same year, he obtained his Master of Medicine in General Surgery from the National University of Singapore. In 2001, Dr Chang became the first orthopaedic trainee from Singapore to obtain the FRCS Edin (Orth) when it was made a requirement for exit certification for orthopaedic training in Singapore. He was then awarded the Ministry of Health HMDP Scholarship in 2003 to train at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA as a Clinical Fellow in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He was mentored by Professor David NM Caborn, a leading sports orthopaedic surgeon in the USA, with a special interest in the use of allograft tissues for sports reconstructive surgeries and in meniscus transplantations.

Dr Chang served as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Changi General Hospital and as Deputy-Head of the Changi Sports Medicine Center (CSMC). He was instrumental in developing the Orthopaedic Sports Service in CSMC, eventually becoming the Director of Orthopaedic Sports Service in 2007. Among his many achievements was the setting up of the CSMC Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Programme in 2004, which has treated over 250 patients with anterior cruciate ligament injuries annually. Among his patients were National football players, S-League football players and Olympic athletes.

A firm believer in the need to contribute to teaching and training, Dr Chang is a Clinical Lecturer with the National University of Singapore. For his contribution to undergraduate medical teaching of orthopaedic surgery, he was awarded the “Best Orthopaedic Teacher” award for consecutive terms of 2003-2004 and 2005-2006. As the Director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Changi General Hospital, he has trained surgeons from the Asian region in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He has also organized cadaveric workshops in Shoulder Arthroscopy, Knee Double-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction as well as Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation to train both local and international orthopaedic surgeons in these advanced techniques.

An avid researcher, Dr Chang has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers, a majority on Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in prestigious Sports Medicine journals such as the American Journal of Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Journal. Dr Chang has contributed a book chapter on “Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction” in the 4th edition of Insall and Scott Surgery of the knee, a “bible” for knee surgeons. He also co-authored a new surgical technique indouble-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. He has been invited to speak on many issues related to sports medicine, at local and international meetings. Dr Chang also serve in the Editorial Board of the Singapore Medical Journal.

Dr Chang’s interests include robotic partial knee replacements, arthroscopic treatments of hip femoro-acetabular impingements, arthroscopic treatment of tennis elbow, arthroscopic treatments of shoulder rotator cuff tear, arthroscopic treatments of shoulder dislocations, ankle ligament reconstructions, hip and knee replacements.

Professional Qualifications & Affiliations

National University of Singapore 1994

USA Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates 1994

MMed (Surgery)
National University of Singapore 1998

FRCS (Edin)
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1998

FRCS (Glasgow)
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 1998

FRCSEd (Orth)
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2002

Member of:

Arthroscopy Association of North America
Arthroscopy Association of North America

International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Singapore Orthopaedic Association

Sports Medicine Association of Singapore

International Society of Hip Arthroscopy

Publications in  Scientific Journals

Effect of Cryoprotectant Incubation Time on Handling Properties of Allogeneic Tendons Prepared for Knee Ligament Reconstruction.
Henson J, Nyland J, Chang HC, Caborn DN.
J Biomater Appl. 2008 Nov 5.

Biomechanical and tissue handling property comparison of decellularized and cryopreserved tibialis anterior tendons following extreme incubation and rehydration.
Nyland J, Larsen N, Burden R, Chang HC, Caborn DN.
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2008 Sep 13.

The Relationship of the Lateral Cord of the Brachial Plexus to the Coracoid Process during Arthroscopic Coracoid Surgery – A Dynamic Cadaveric Study
HC Chang, WJ Pan, YS Teo, Sarina Abdul Karim
American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2008 Jun 16.[Epub ahead of print]

Clinical Evaluation of Arthroscopic-assisted Allograft Meniscal Transplantation.
HC Chang, KL the, KL Leong, SL Mak, SA Karim
Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2008 Apr;37(4):266-7.

Return to Sports After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction – A Review of Patients with Minimum 5-year Follow-up.
DY Lee, SA Karim, HC Chang
Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2008 Apr;37(4):273-6.

Recurrent Patellar Dislocation: Reappraising our Approach to Surgery.
AK Lim, HC Chang, JH Hui
Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2008 Apr;37(4):320-4.

Evaluation of BioCorkscrew and Bioknotless RC suture anchor rotator cuff repair fixation: an in vitro biomechanical study.
JT Ammon, J Nyland, HC Chang, R Burden, DN Caborn
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2007 Nov;15(11):1375-81.

Anatomic double bundle ACL reconstruction: a literature review.
C Crawford, J Nyland, S Landes, R Jackson, HC Chang, A Nawab, DN Caborn
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2007 Aug;15(8):946-64; discussion 945.

Fragment-specific fracture fixation and double-column plating of unstable distal radial fractures using AO mini-fragment implants and Kirschner wires.
HC Chang, SY Poh, SC Seah, DT Chua, BK Chan, CO Low
Injury. 2007 Nov;38(11):1259-67. Epub 2007 Jul 12

Arthroscopic subacromial decompression for stage-II impingement.
KK Lim, HC Chang, JL Tan, BK Chan
J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2007 Aug;15(2):197-200.

Anatomical Double-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Maximizing Benefits While Minimizing Complexity: A Balanced Potential Approach.
J Nyland, S Landes, C Crawford, HC Chang, A Nawab, DN Caborn
Techniques in Knee Surgery. 6(3):191-203, September 2007.

A cyclic testing comparison of FasT-Fix and RapidLoc devices in human cadaveric meniscus.
J Nyland, HC Chang, Y Kocabey, A Nawab, J Brand, DN Caborn
Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2007 Dec 20; [Epub ahead of print]

Book chapter – Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Chang Haw Chong & David NM Caborn
Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee, 4th edition, Chapter 41
Published by Churchill Livingston
Hardbound, ISBN: 0-443-06671-X, 2048 pages, publication date: 2006

A biomechanical comparison of the FasT-Fix meniscal repair suture system and the RapidLoc device in cadaver meniscus.
Y Kocabey, HC Chang, JC Brand Jr, A Nawab, J Nyland, DN Caborn.
Arthroscopy. 2006 Apr;22(4):406-13.

Effect of lesion location on fixation strength of the meniscal viper repair system: an in vitro study using porcine menisci.
HC Chang, DN Caborn, J Nyland, R Burden
Arthroscopy. 2006 Apr;22(4):394-9.

A simple method of meniscus repair using the arthroscopic outside-in technique.
KC Chong, BK Chan, HC Chang
Arthroscopy. 2006 Jul;22(7):794.e1-5.

Bilateral spontaneous rupture of the quadriceps tendon as an initial presentation of alkaptonuria-a case report.
SY Chua, HC Chang
Knee. 2006 Aug 8; [Epub ahead of print]

Self-reported patient outcomes at a minimum of 5 years after allograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with or without medial meniscus transplantation: an age-, sex-, and activity level-matched comparison in patients aged approximately 50 years.
D Rueff, J Nyland, Y Kocabey, HC Chang, D Caborn
Arthroscopy. 2006 Nov;22(11):1225-32

Biomechanical Comparison of the Bioabsorbable RetroScrew System, BioScrew XtraLok with Stress Equalization Tensioner and 35-mm Delta Screws for Tibialis Anterior Graft-Tibial Tunnel Fixation in Porcine Tibiae
HC Chang, J Nyland, A Nawab, R Burden, DNM Caborn
Am J Sports Med.
Jul 2005, 33(7):1057-64

Biomechanical evaluation of meniscal repair systems: a comparison of the Meniscal Viper Repair System, the vertical mattress FasT-Fix Device, and vertical mattress ethibond sutures.
HC Chang, J Nyland, DNM Caborn, R Burden
Am J Sports Med.
Dec 2005, 33(12):1846-52.

Single femoral socket double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using tibialis anterior tendon: description of a new technique.
DNM Caborn, HC Chang
Oct 2005, 21(10):1273.

Cancellous screw fixation for femoral neck fractures: one hundred and sixteen patients.
KB Lee, TS Howe, HC Chang
Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Mar 2004, 33(2):248-51

Knee dislocations-a retrospective study comparing operative versus closed immobilization treatment outcomes.
CH Wong, JL Tan, HC Chang, LW Khin, CO Low
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc.
Mar 2004

Paget-Schroetter Syndrome:?Case Report and Review of the Literature.
CH Wong, HC Chang, CO Low
The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery
2004. Volume 2 Number 1

Necrotising Fasciitis – Clinical Presentation, Microbiology and Determinants of Mortality
CH Wong, HC Chang, Shanker, JL Tan, CO Low
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Edition)
August 2003, Vol 85:1454-60

A Case of Bizarre Parosteal Osteochondromatous Proliferation of the Hand
JL Soon, HC Chang, CS Sim, LC Teoh, CO Low
Singapore Medical Journal
January 2003, Vol 44(1):27-30

Extremity Osteosarcoma – A Southeast Asian Experience
HC Chang, RWH Pho, VP Kumar, AK Kour, K Satku
Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Sept 2002, Vol 31(5):598-606

The Growth and Development of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in Singapore
PCC Chang, HC Chang, KC Ang, K Satku
Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Sept 2002, Vol 31(5):573-578

Rubber Foreign Bodies in Puncture Wounds of the Foot in Patients wearing Rubber-soled Shoes
HC Chang, William Verhoeven, WM Chay
Foot and Ankle International
May 2001, Vol 22(5):409-14

Conservative Treatment of Redisplaced Colles’ Fractures in Elderly Patients Older than 60 Years Old – Anatomical and Functional Outcome
HC Chang, SC Tay, BK Chan, CO Low
Hand Surgery
Dec 2001, Vol 6(2):137-14

Metastasis of an Adenocarcinoma of the Stomach to the 4th Metacarpal Bone
HC Chang, KH Lew, CO Low
Hand Surgery
Dec 2001, Vol 6(2):239-242

Lateral Condylar Fractures of the Humerus in Children
HC Chang, LH Tan, KS Lam
The Journal of the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association
Vol 13 No. 1, July 2000, 37-41

Haematuria Clinic – A Primary Audit and Considerations for a One-Stop Assessment Centre
PK Tan, HC Chang, YY Sitoh
Singapore Medical Journal
Vol 39 Issue 11, Nov 1998, 501-503

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