Growing up near Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Chuang never understood all the fuss about the landmark. He was much more interested in the way his father, a cardiologist, connected with his patients during rounds. “My dad loved his patients. He took cards with him and would do magic tricks for them. It was inspiring because he really worked on gaining their trust because he believed that the doctor-patient relationship is very important.”
Despite the early exposure to medicine, Dr. Chuang thought engineering was his calling. His first semester at Stanford University, however, changed his mind. “I burned so many circuits in my first engineering lab that I decided it wasn’t for me and changed to pre-med.” After graduating from Stanford University, Dr. Chuang attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and discovered that he really enjoyed urology.
After his residency in urology, Dr. Chuang completed a fellowship in male reproductive medicine and surgery at Baylor’s Scott Department of Urology where he studied under of one of the world’s leading experts in the treatment of male infertility—Dr. Larry Lipshultz. “One of the things that really drew me to the fellowship was that a large portion of the training focused on microsurgical techniques employed for vasectomy reversal—microscopic work that requires sutures that are smaller than a human hair. I really liked the very precise nature of that discipline.”
As a founder of Urology Partners, Dr. Chuang is honored to help men who want to have a family. “Guys come in trying to figure out why they can’t have kids,” he says. “They feel that they are under scrutiny and that it’s their fault. A thorough evaluation many times reveals that a medical issue is the culprit. I tell patients there’s always hope, but I’m also realistic with them. Sometimes, I may have to tell them that their chances for conceiving aren’t great, but that there are usually things that we can do. Being able to help people turn things around when their chances don’t look very good is what makes medicine so rewarding for me. I’m most happy when I’m able to really help change someone’s life.”
When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Chuang enjoys traveling. He lives in Dallas.