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Honorable Theresa Chang and Dr. Peter Chang

Top 20 Power Couple Impact Maker Award

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Ballroom at Bayou Place

Honorable Theresa Chang and Dr. Peter Chang are active members of Houston society. Both believe deeply in giving back to the community through service to venerable charitable organizations and have been, and continue to be, involved in campaigns to create positive change at the local, state, and federal levels. They have been married for 35 years and are the proud parents of two sons.

Judge Chang has been the Presiding Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2 from 2012 to December 2018. She also served as Administrative Judge of all Harris County Civil Courts in 2016. In 2017, Judge Chang was rated the Top Judge in Harris County Civil Courts in the Houston Bar Association evaluation poll.

Prior to earning her law degree at the South Texas College of Law, Judge Chang obtained her Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in the Texas A&M University System. She was a professional engineer before becoming a lawyer.

Judge Chang was appointed to the board of regents of the University of Houston by George W. Bush in 1997 and has served as president of various community organizations, such as Texas Executive Women, Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Chinese American Citizens Alliance.  She also serves and has served, on the boards of many organizations, including the YMCA, Houston Grand Opera (HGO), and the American Leadership Forum.

For her professionalism and community involvement, Judge Chang’s honors have been many. A small sample includes: being named Asian Elected Officer of the Year by the Texas Asian Republican Club 2016, receiving the George H. W. Bush Award from the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association in 2016, and receiving the Impact Award from the Asian American Bar Association in 2012.

Dr. Chang is a practicing cardiologist in Houston. He completed his undergraduate study at Rice University, which he followed with a M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a PhD in biochemistry from Rice. During the last 30 years, Dr. Chang has served as president of Ledbetter Clinic and Summit Medical Group and has served on the governing boards of several hospitals.

Dr. Chang was the pioneering cardiologist who first introduced Houston to external counterpulsation therapy (ECP), a new highly effective and non-invasive treatment for patients with coronary artery disease. He is the most eminent ECP expert in the Houston area and has been featured as such on local TV channels and in newspapers. Dr. Chang was recently chosen by Newsweek as one of the 1,000 best cardiologists in the United States and by the Houston Chronicle as one of the top cardiologists in Houston.

Dr. Chang has served on multiple nonprofit boards over the years. He has been president of Asian American Family Services, the only nonprofit in the southern United States addressing the mental health needs of Asian Americans, and board chairman of the Chinese Community Center (CCC), the largest nonprofit social service agency for Asian Americans in the southern United States. He was also the New Horizon campaign chair for the latter, helping to raise $6 million for a new senior center. It is now under construction. Dr. Chang is also a past president of the Chinese Health Service Center and cofounder and medical director of one of the largest Asian American annual health fairs in Houston. He currently serves on the boards of CCC, HOPE Clinic, the Association of Rice Alumni, and the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Dr. Chang is deeply interested in the cultural aspect of the local community. In the early ‘70s, he served as chief editor of Southern Monthly, the most widely circulated Chinese monthly magazine in the south at the time. Dr. Chang is also founder of the Whirlwind Drama Club, which produced the first Chinese-speaking play in the southern United States. He also organized the first summer camp for Chinese American college students in Texas and has published two books, one in Chinese and the other in English.

Dr. Chang has served in several professional and medical organizations, including the Harris County Hospital District Board of Managers, Harris County Medical Society, and as the first Asian-American member of the Texas Medical Board.

Judge Theresa and Dr. Peter Chang have served as chair or honorary chair for multiple galas. Most recently, the couple were the honorary chairs of the March 2018 Asia Society Texas Center Tiger Ball, which raised $1.2 million in support of Asia Society Texas Center’s over 150 public programs.

Judge Theresa and Dr. Peter Chang have a legacy of supporting their community that goes back to the 1970s. True members of their community, they personify a standard for us all to emulate.

It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Honorable Theresa Chang and Dr. Peter Chang have been named a Top 20 Power Couple Impact Maker for 2019.

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