Cindy Chang, MD

Cindy Chang, MD

Cindy Chang, MD

Professor
Academic Offices
Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Institute - Sports Medicine

 

Berkeley Outpatient Center - Sports Medicine

 

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland - Sports Medicine

 

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Walnut Creek - Sports Medicine

 

Education


University of California 2019
Fellowship The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine 1993
Residency University of California at Los Angeles Division of Family Medicine 1992
Internship University of Cincinnati, Department of Family Medicine 1990
Doctorate of Medicine The Ohio State University College of Medicine 1989
Bachelor of Science The Ohio State University 1984

Publications

Grants & Awards

Membership & Committees

About Cindy Chang, MD

Dr. Cindy Chang, MD, is a Sports medicine physician specializing in primary care sports medicine, with over 25 years of experience caring for athletes of all ages and levels, from archery and aquatic sports to wrestling and wheelchair basketball.  She was the head team physician at the University of California, Berkeley for all 27 intercollegiate sports, including football, for 13 years. She also served as chief medical officer for Team USA during the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 2012 London Olympics.

As a lifelong competitive athlete, Chang has dealt with multiple injuries of her own, and this personal experience informs her empathetic, individualized approach. She has been a youth sports coach, and her children have played a variety of sports at all levels of competition, with one currently playing Level 1 professional soccer overseas.

Chang enjoys educating her patients about their injuries, sharing findings from examinations and imaging studies, and involving them on decisions regarding appropriate treatment options. She provides referrals to her orthopedic surgeon colleagues or other subspecialists as needed, and also places an emphasis on how to prevent future injury and illness.

Chang sees athletes of all ages at the UCSF Berkeley OutPatient Center (BOPC) and the Sports Medicine Center at the Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay.  She sees solely youth athletes at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes, where she is co-director of the Sports Concussion Program.

Chang's passion lies in education, and she is Program Director of UCSF's Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Her clinical research interests focuses on improving health and safety for athletes ranging from schoolchildren to adults, including college athletes and competitors in the Olympics and Paralympics. In addition, she serves on the board of Racing Hearts, a non-profit that works to place automated external defibrillators in schools. As an advocate for a myriad of health and safety-related topics, Chang meets with legislators locally and in Sacramento on the importance of supporting California athletic trainers by licensing their profession.

Chang earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She then completed a residency in family medicine at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Chang is a past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, serves on the board of trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine and chairs the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the California Interscholastic Federation. She recently served on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations. Chang provides sports medicine coverage at sporting events in the community, and continues to volunteer as a team physician for UC Berkeley, Berkeley High School, and select USA national teams.

 

Awards Honors

  • Best Doctors List 2020 Sport Medicine, Dr. Cindy J. Chang
    2020
    Best Doctors List 2020 Sport Medicine, Dr. Cindy J. Chang, San Francisco Magazine, 2020
    San Francisco Magazine
  • Fellow of American Medical Society of Sports Medicine Designation (FAMSSM)
    2019
    Fellow of American Medical Society of Sports Medicine Designation (FAMSSM), American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), 2019
    American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
  • Best Doctors List 2019 Sport Medicine, Dr. Cindy J. Chang
    2019
    Best Doctors List 2019 Sport Medicine, Dr. Cindy J. Chang, San Francisco Magazine, 2019
    San Francisco Magazine
  • Honorary Senior Research Appointment. WITS Institute for Sport and Health (WISH), Faculty of Health
    2019
    Honorary Senior Research Appointment. WITS Institute for Sport and Health (WISH), Faculty of Health, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, 2019
    University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg
  • Lifesaving Education Award
    2018
    Lifesaving Education Award, Korey Stringer Institute, 2018
    Korey Stringer Institute
  • Top Doctors List 2018 Sports Medicine, Dr. Cindy J. Chang
    2018
    Top Doctors List 2018 Sports Medicine, Dr. Cindy J. Chang, San Francisco Magazine, 2018
    San Francisco Magazine
  • Humanitarian Service Grant (stipend to support humanitarian/sports medicine initiative in underserve
    2016
    Humanitarian Service Grant (stipend to support humanitarian/sports medicine initiative in underserve, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation, 2016
    American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation
  • Jack Weakley Award of Distinction (honors one individual each year for a lifetime of outstanding con
    2016
    Jack Weakley Award of Distinction (honors one individual each year for a lifetime of outstanding con, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 2016
    National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award (given annually for contributions to the growth and development
    2013
    Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award (given annually for contributions to the growth and development, United States Sports Academy, 2013
    United States Sports Academy
  • Founders Award (presented annually to individual, group, or organization who exemplifies the best we
    2003
    Founders Award (presented annually to individual, group, or organization who exemplifies the best we, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2003
    American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • Fellow (FACSM)
    1999
    Fellow (FACSM), American College of Sports Medicine, 1999
    American College of Sports Medicine
  • Distinguished Service Award
    1999
    Distinguished Service Award, University of California, Berkeley, University Health Services, 1999
    University of California, Berkeley, University Health Services
  • Distinguished Service Award
    1996
    Distinguished Service Award, University of California, Berkeley, University Health Services, 1996
    University of California, Berkeley, University Health Services
  • AAFP/Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Medical Education in Family Practice, Alternate Winner
    1991
    AAFP/Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Medical Education in Family Practice, Alternate Winner, American Academy of Family Physicians and Mead Johnson, 1991
    American Academy of Family Physicians and Mead Johnson
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Society in Medicine, Gamma Chapter
    1989
    Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Society in Medicine, Gamma Chapter, AOA/The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 1989
    AOA/The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • The Thomas E. Rardin, M.D. Award
    1989
    The Thomas E. Rardin, M.D. Award, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, 1989
    Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
  • Scholarship in Clinical Nutrition
    1988
    Scholarship in Clinical Nutrition, The American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation, 1988
    The American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation

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