Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor in Residence
What I do: 

I am an assistant professor in residence in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

I pursued a joint MD/PhD program at Stanford University, first completing a PhD in Neurosciences in 2010, before attaining my Medical Degree in 2012.  After spending an additional year as a General Surgery Intern at Stanford, I arrived at UCSF to pursue my Anesthesia Residency, completing the program prior to my faculty appointment. 

My clinical responsibilities are mainly at the Parnassus/Mt Zion/Mission Bay campuses.




Dr. Barreto Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, with a research focus on understanding the molecular and behavioral basis of cognitive impairment after surgery. By focusing on the perioperative period, she seeks to improve both the information patients receive during the perioperative evaluation in terms of their brain health assessment and also develop potential approaches for neuroprotection during the period of surgery and postoperative recovery.

Odmara L. Barreto Chang, MD, PhD, Daniel P. Corsino, MD, FAAP, FASA, Crystal C. Wright, MD, FASA. ASA Monitor. Reaching Out During Challenging Times: The First Virtual Doctors Back to School ProgramTM Event. 2021; 8(85):32.
Hemati K, Gierat S, Roll GR, Barreto Chang OL. A case report: anaphylaxis to cefazolin during renal transplant surgery. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2021 May 29; 17(1):54.
Barreto-Chang O, Palmer O, Ready J, Hwang J. A little help from our friends: intra-operative endoscopy for the extraction of an ingested foreign body. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 Sep; 57(9):2267-9.
Barreto-Chang OL, Gorell ES, Yamaguma MA, Lane AT. Diagnosis of pilomatricoma using an otoscope. Pediatr Dermatol. 2010 Sep-Oct; 27(5):554-7.
Barreto-Chang OL, Barreto-Chang O, Pearson D, Shepard WE, Longhurst CA, Longhurst C, Greene A. Vitamin D--deficient rickets in a child with cow's milk allergy. Nutr Clin Pract. 2010 08; 25(4):394-8.
Barreto-Chang OL. Regulation of Neuronal Survival and CREB-Dependent Transcription by CaV1.2 L-Type Calcium Channels. 2010.
Barreto-Chang OL, Dolmetsch RE. Calcium imaging of cortical neurons using Fura-2 AM. J Vis Exp. 2009 Jan 19; (23).
Sanchez-Olea R, Ortiz S, Barreto O, Yang Q, Xu CJ, Zhu H, Yuan J. Parcs is a dual regulator of cell proliferation and apaf-1 function. J Biol Chem. 2008 Sep 05; 283(36):24400-5.
Gomez-Ospina N, Tsuruta F, Barreto-Chang O, Hu L, Dolmetsch R. The C terminus of the L-type voltage-gated calcium channel Ca(V)1.2 encodes a transcription factor. Cell. 2006 Nov 03; 127(3):591-606.
Zhao H, Yenari MA, Cheng D, Barreto-Chang OL, Sapolsky RM, Steinberg GK. Bcl-2 transfection via herpes simplex virus blocks apoptosis-inducing factor translocation after focal ischemia in the rat. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2004 Jun; 24(6):681-92.