In Memoriam: Dr. Taeun Chang


The Newborn Brain Society shares in the sadness of the neonatal neurology community at the passing of Dr. Taeun Chang, who died on June 18, 2022 from complications of cancer that she bravely battled over the past 2 years. Tae was a founding member of the NBS, an active member of the Guidelines and Publications Committee and beloved mentor to many, including members of the NBS leadership team.

Tae completed her undergraduate training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine, pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and child neurology residency at Children’s National. She joined the faculty at Children’s National as a child neurologist, where she spent nearly 2 decades of a distinguished career, holding the rank of Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics. Tae was a pioneer in the field of neonatal neurology, building one of the most long-standing neonatal critical care programs in the U.S. An innovator, scientist and, above all, dedicated clinician, Tae worked tirelessly to improve the care of neonates with neurological conditions in the NICU. She was the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including, most recently, the 2022 Children’s National Hospital Clinical Research Mentoring Award, a testament to her legacy and impact on numerous trainees in the field of neonatal neurocritical care.

The NBS plans to dedicate an upcoming section of our Educational Webinar Series in honor of Dr. Taeun Chang, in recognition of her many contributions to the field of neonatal neurology and neurocritical care. In the meantime, we express our deepest condolences to all her family, friends, colleagues, patients and mentees who are feeling the profound loss of an incredible physician, scientist, teacher and human being.

Mohamed El-Dib, MD
President, NBS

An Massaro, MD
Treasurer, NBS

On Behalf of the NBS Board of Directors and Steering Committee

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