Emily Chang, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Specialty Areas: Radiology with a special interest in ultrasound, chronic kidney disease and dialysis, mechanisms of kidney fibrosis and injury, electrolyte disorders

Chronology: BS: Stanford University, 1995; PhD candidate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 1996-1998; M.Ed. in Education: University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2002; MD: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2007; Resident: University of North Carolina, 2007-2010; Nephrology Fellow: University of North Carolina, 2010-2012; Clinical Instructor in Nephrology: University of North Carolina, 2012-2015; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2015-present.

Dr. Chang’s clinical and research focus is on chronic kidney disease. She initially began her research from a basic science focus, looking at mediators of acute kidney injury and fibrosis in the kidney. She now focuses on the development and application of radiologic techniques applicable to patients with chronic kidney disease.


Cannon AR, Owen MK, Guerrero MS, Kerber ML, Goicoechea SM, Hemstreet KC, Klazynski B, Hollyfield J, Chang EH, Hwang RF, Otey CA, Kim HJ. Palladin expression is a conserved characteristic of the desmoplastic tumor microenvironment and contributes to altered gene expression. Cytoskeleton. 2015 Aug;72(8):402-11. doi: 10.1002/cm.21239. Epub 2015 Sep 3.

Chang EH, Gasim AH, Kerber ML, Patel JB, Glaubiger SA, Falk RJ, Jennette JC, Otey CA. Palladin is upregulated in kidney disease and contributes to epithelial cell migration after injury. Sci Rep. Sep 2015.


“Palladin contributes to normal migration of tubular epithelial cells after injury,” Mid-Atlantic Young Investigator’s Forum, March, 2014

“Palladin is upregulated after kidney injury and required for normal migration of kidney cells after injury,” 4th Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC, Feb 27, 2014

“Palladin is required for proper migration of kidney cells,” American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week, Atlanta GA, Nov 5 -10, 2013

“Role of palladin in activation of tubular epithelial cells,” American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week, San Diego CA, Oct 30 – Nov 4, 2012

“Palladin upregulation plays a key role in myofibroblast differentiation,” Keystone Fibrosis Conference, April, 2012