Dr. Steven Chang, M.D., F.A.C.S

I’m happy to have this chance to introduce myself and tell you about my practice. I have been practicing in South Orange county since 1998 and have been fortunate to work with my partner  Dr. Coccia throughout that time. We have a small surgical practice allowing us to give very personalized care to our surgical patients.

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan but  I grew up in New Jersey, along the “Jersey shore”. I went to college in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins University studying bio medical engineering. I went on to medical school in New York University School of Medicine. My general surgery residency was done in Philadelphia at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. I began practicing in 1998 here in Laguna Beach drawn by the beautiful weather and community which I have grown to love.  This has been my home since then with my lovely wife and four beautiful children.

Dr Coccia and myself  have over 40+ combined years of surgical experience and provide general surgical services for the Laguna Beach community  and our local hospital-Mission Hospital Laguna Beach-24 seven.

I have four beautiful children and I spend most of my free time with them enjoying our favorite activities and hobbies : mountain biking, skiing, and just relaxing at the beach.


  • 1989 B.S. - The Johns Hopkins University - Biomedical Engineering

  • 1993 M.D. - New York University, School of Medicine


  • 1993-94 Thomas Jefferson University

  • Medical Center , Philadelphia, PA


  • 1994-98 Thomas Jefferson University

  • Medical Center , Philadelphia, PA


  • 1998 California

Medical Societies

  • 2003 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • 2004 Orange County Medical Association

Board certification

  • 1999 American Board of Surgery


  • 2004 Director of the Minimally Invasive Institute at South Coast Medical Center (SCMC)

  • 2004 Chairman of the Department of Surgery: SCMC

  • 2004 Surgical Credentials Committee Member: Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) and SCMC

  • 2004 Surgical case review committee member: SMMC

  • 2004 OR committee member: SMMC and SCMC


Aug 1997 - The Effects of Negative Margins, Adjunctive Radiation & Comedo type Necrosis on the Treatment of Ductal Carcinoma in situ

  •  Steven T. Chang, MD, Francis E. Rosato, MD

  •  Department of Surgery

  •  Jefferson Medical college, Philadelphia, Pa

May 1997 Melanoma: Recurrence Rates After Lymphadenectomies

  •  Steven T. Chang, MD, John C. Kairys, MD

  •  Department of Surgery

  •  Jefferson Medical college, Philadelphia, Pa

Oct 1995 A Single Institutional Experience of Perioperative Radiation and Sphincter Preserving Surgery in the Management of Rectal Cancer

  •  Steven T. Chang, MD, Debra Nagel, MD, Rober Fry, MD

  •  Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery

  •  Jefferson Medical college, Philadelphia, Pa

Jul-Aug 1990 Role of Invariant Chain in MHC Type 11 Antigen Presentation

  •  Stephanie Diment, PhD

  •  Department of Biology

  •  NYU School of Medicine, NYC, NY

Jun-Aug 1987 Cloning and Isolation of Prekeryotic DNA Plasmids

  •  Rui-Chi Huang, PhD

  •  Department of Biology

  •  The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD