Dr. Marisa Chang, MD

Dr. Marisa Chang, Board Certified Neurologist, Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles, Santa Monica

Dr. Marisa Chang graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a full academic Trustees Scholarship from the University of Southern California.  She continued her education as a Regents Scholar at the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors.  She completed her Neurology residency at UCLA, where she was elected Chief Resident.  Dr. Chang went on to pursue a fellowship in Headache, Interventional Pain, and Orofacial Pain at UCLA.  She is the first neurologist to ever complete an Orofacial Pain Fellowship with the prestigious UCLA Orofacial Pain Program through the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Dr. Chang is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Department of Neurology and UCLA School of Dentistry.  She has received numerous teaching awards and was voted by the UCLA medical students as the best resident teacher in the Department of Neurology.  She has lectured extensively on the pathophysiology and treatment of all forms of headache and pain.  Dr. Chang is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is on the American Headache Society’s section of Interventional Pain Management.

Dr. Chang is a trained NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Provider and treats patients with depression using NeuroStar TMS Therapy. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared safe and effective non-drug depression treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug therapy.

Despite her numerous academic accolades, Dr. Chang views her greatest accomplishment as the relationship she has with her patients.  She draws upon her unique training to provide innovative and personalized care.  Dr. Chang truly listens to her patients with a compassionate heart and combines the best of evidence based and state of the art medicine to serve each individual patient.

Dr. Chang specializes in treating patients with: Headaches and Migraines, Orofacial Pain (facial pain), Chronic Pain,  other neurological disorders using minimally invasive Interventional Pain Management techniques.

Top Procedures

Interventional Procedures

Neuromodulation Therapies

Regenerative Therapies

Cognitive Testing

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment


Top Conditions

Headache Causing Disorders

Neck Pain

Back Pain

Upper Body Pain

Whole Body Pain

Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury

Movement Disorders

Peripherial Neuropathy