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Cindy J. Chang, MD, served as head team physician for Cal's 27 athletic teams from 1995 to 2008. In Jan 2008 she stepped away as head team physician in order to prioritize her family and pursue other interests, including serving her local community. She continued to work at UC-Berkeley part-time as a sports medicine specialist, and a consultant and team physician for the Cal intercollegiate athletes.
Dr. Chang returned to academia in March of 2015, when she joined the faculty of UCSF as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Family & Community Medicine, specializing in the sports medicine care of children and adults. She is recognized as one of the leading primary care sports medicine physicians in the country.
Dr. Chang actively serves on the California Interscholastic Federation’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and is also on the SMAC for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Prior to coming to Cal, she was an assistant team physician for Ohio State and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at OSU's College of Medicine.
Dr. Chang has published articles and contributed to textbooks in sports medicine, and is frequently asked to present at national and international medical conferences. She was an elected four-year member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), one the largest organizations of primary care sports medicine physicians in the world. Dr. Chang later served as President in 2011-2012. She is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
In addition, Dr Chang worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and was part of the USA medical team for the Winter Paralympic Games in Nagano, Japan, in 1998 and in Salt Lake City in 2002. She served as Chief Medical Officer for the USA delegation at the 2007 Parapan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing, and most recently the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Dr. Chang has remained actively involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. She was the 2003 recipient of the AMSSM Founders Award, given to a sports medicine physician who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and service to the community. She was also selected to receive the 2013 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award, given annually to an individual for his/her contributions to the growth and development of sport medicine through practice and/or scholarly activity. Past award recipients have included Sir Roger Bannister, Dr. Jimmy Andrews, and Dr. Eric Heiden. In 2016, Dr. Chang received the NATA's Jack Weakley Award of Distinction, which honors one individual each year for a lifetime of outstanding contributions that directly impact health care in the area of sports medicine and are of major and lasting importance.
Dr. Chang attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate and medical school education, and then completed her residency in Family Medicine at UCLA before returning to OSU for her fellowship in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Chang will be seeing patients in the East Bay and in San Francisco, and will continue her role at Cal as one of the team physicians. She serves as Co-Director of the UCSF-Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Sports Concussion Program.
- 2015-Present, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California San Francisco
- 2008 - Present, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Specialist, Consultant and Team Physician for Intercollegiate Athletics, University of California Berkeley
- 1995- 2008, Head Team Physician, University Health Services, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of California Berkeley
- 1995-Present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California Berkeley
- 1995-1995, Anchor Physician, Urgent Care, Assistant Team Physician, University Health Services, University of California Berkeley
- 1993-1994, Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Director, The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine; Director, Travel and Immunization Center, Team Physician, The Ohio State University Athletic Department, Staff Physician, The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center
- BS, 1984, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- 1989, MD, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
- 1990, Internship, Family Practice, University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 1992, Residency, Family Practice, Division of Family Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- 1993, Fellowship, Sports Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- September 24, 2014, Installing AEDs in High Schools: Why We Should Meet the Challenge, SHOCKS: Saving Hearts of California Kids, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California
- September 15, 2014, Sport-Related Concussion: The Challenge of Moving from Scientific Evidence to Responsible Social Action, 15th Annual University of California Neurotrauma Symposium, Carmel, California
- April 11, 2014, To Screen or Not to Screen? An International Perspective on the IOC Consensus Statement on Periodic Health Evaluation (PHE) of Elite Athletes: Screening from a North American Perspective, IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport,Monaco
- April 5, 2014, Care of the College Athlete—Essentials for the Team Physician: Planning for On-Field Emergencies, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) 23rd Annual Meeting,New Orleans, Louisiana
- January 25, 2014, A Fresh Look at Pre-Participation Physicals, 20th Annual Sports Medicine Conference,Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Winthrop, Washington
- March 9, 2013, Does Medical Care Differ Between Paralympic and Olympic Athletes?, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) 29th Annual Clinical Conference,Colorado Springs, Colorado
- February 23, 2013, Lessons Learned at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games: A Conversation About the Past and the Future, Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science 2013 Annual Meeting, Point Clear, Alabama
- February 2, 2013, Sports Medicine: Reducing Risks and Minimizing Injuries, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Federated Council Meeting, Ontario, California
Grants and Awards
- 2013, United States Sports Academy, Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award
- 2003, Founders Award,. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
- 1999, Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
- 1996 & 1999, Distinguished Service Award, University Health Services