Louis Chang, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Languages: English, Cantonese


Back Pain, Cauda Equina Syndrome, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Deformity, Cervical Spine Disease, Cervical Spine Revision Surgery, Cervical Spine Trauma, Cervical Spondylosis, Complex Cervical Spine Reconstruction Surgery, Complex Spinal Reconstructions, Cranio-cervical Junction Pathology, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spine Disease, Disc Pain, Kyphosis, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Myxopapillary Ependymoma, Neck Pain, Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Oncology, Radiculopathy, Schwannoma, Sciatica, Spinal Column Tumors, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Ependymoma, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Infection, Spinal Instability, Spinal Meningioma, Spinal Metastases, Spinal Pain, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Schwannoma, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tumors, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Thoracic Disc Herniation ...read more

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Appointment Phone: 301-896-6069
10215 Fernwood Road
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Bethesda, MD 20817 map
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8600 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814 map


Louis Chang is a neurosurgical spine specialist with expertise in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for spinal disorders. He treats patients with spinal stenosis, herniated discs, spinal tumors and spinal trauma. Dr. Chang performs a wide range of spinal surgeries, including laminectomies, microdiscectomies, artificial disc replacement and spinal fusions. He also uses minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as tubular microsurgery, lateral lumbar interbody fusion, MIS laminectomy and MIS transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.

Dr. Chang obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. He completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally invasive spinal surgery and navigation at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Chang is licensed to practice medicine in multiple states, which allows him to offer telemedicine appointments to patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Texas, New York and Virginia.

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

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  • MD; SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine (2004)


  • Neurosurgery; University of Maryland Medical Center (2011)


  • Minimally Invasive Surgery; New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2019)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurological Surgery) (2016)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Schmidt, F.; Lekuya, H.; Kirnaz, S.; Hernandez, R.; Hussain, I.; Chang, L.; Wipplinger, C.; Rawanduzy, C.; Härtl, R. Novel MIS 3D NAV Single Step Pedicle Screw System (SSPSS): Workflow, Accuracy and Initial Clinical Experience. Global Spine Journal. 2021 Jan 12:2192568220976393. doi: 10.1177/2192568220976393. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33430625.

Schmidt, F.; Navarro-Ramirez, R.; Chang, L.; Kirnaz, S.; Wipplinger, C.; Härtl, R. Neural Decompression in Challenging Cases: Advantages and Disadvantages. Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences. April 2, 2019.

Aarabi, B.; Tofighi, B.; Kufera, J.A.; Hadley, J.; Ahn, E.S.; Cooper, C.; Malik, J.M.; Naff, N.J.; Chang, L.; Radley, M.; Kheder, A.; Uscinski, R.H. Predictors of Outcome in Civilian Gunshot Wounds to the Head. Journal of Neurosurgery. 120(5), 1138-1146, May 2014.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctor 2023, Washingtonian Magazine, 2023 - 2024
  • Top Doctor 2023, Baltimore Magazine, 2023 - 2024
  • Top Doctor 2023, Bethesda Magazine, 2023 - 2024


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2005
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2005
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, 2016
  • North American Spine Society, 2017
  • American College of Surgeons, 2017

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What is a Minimally Invasive Laminectomy?

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