Chang-Zern Hong, M.D., is currently a Research Professor at the Department of Physical Therapy at the Hungkuang University, Tai-Chung, Taiwan. He was a Professor at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of California Irvine (UCI), Calf, USA, and retired in 2000. He was born in Taiwan and was graduated from the Medical School of the National Taiwan University in 1971, where he received his M.D. degree. He finished his resident training of PM&R at the National Taiwan University in 1976. Then he received further training in PM&R at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich, USA, from 1976 to 1978. He joined the Department of PM&R at the UCI in 1984 and promoted to Professor later. He learned myofascial pain from Dr. David Simons and then from Dr. Janet Travell. Then he had focused his research work on myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). He returned to Taiwan after his retirement from UCI and continued his research work with 5 big academic groups in Taiwan. Up to now, he has published 139 peer-reviewed academic papers. Seventy-seven of them are related to MTrPs. He has published 67 conference proceedings and 14 book chapters. His major achievement in research includes pathophysiology of MTrP, therapeutic approach to treat MTrP, and MTrP injection technique. In 2011, he has published a book chapter “muscle pain syndrome” in a leading textbook of rehabilitation medicine edited by a well-known authority in rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Randy Braddom [Hong C-Z: Muscle pain syndrome. In Braddom: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 4th ed. Chapter 43, pp. 971-1001, 2011, Elsevier, New York (ISBN 978-1-4377.0884-4)]. In this book chapter, he has discussed his new concept about MTrP and other important findings. Currently, he continues to direct researchers in Taiwan to further clarify the MTrP mechanism and to further develop the effective ways for MTrP therapy.
Biography Updated on 25 June 2012