Cindy Chang, MD
Cindy Chang, MD
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
- Toresdahl BG, Blauwet C, Chang CJ, Ling DI, Asif IM. Cardiovascular screening of Paralympic athletes reported by chief medical officers of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Sep 15. PMID: 30219800
- Toresdahl BG, Asif IM, Rodeo SA, Ling DI, Chang CJ. Cardiovascular screening of Olympic athletes reported by chief medical officers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Br J Sports Med. 2018 May 24. PMID: 29794086
- Smith KR, Woodward A, Lemke B, Otto M, Chang CJ, Mance AA, Balmes J, Kjellstrom T. The last Summer Olympics? Climate change, health, and work outdoors. Lancet. 2016 Aug 13; 388(10045):642-4. PMID: 27533426
- Asplund C, Chang CJ. Care of the endurance athlete: promotion, perception, performance and professionalism. Br J Sports Med. 2011 Nov; 45(14):1083-4. PMID: 22084824
- Callahan W, Chang CJ. Sideline evaluation and management of acute hip trauma in a collegiate athlete. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2008 Sep-Oct; 7(5):281-3. PMID: 18772688
- Saxena A, Chang CJ, Wang S. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in athletes. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2006 Sep; 5(5):254-7. PMID: 16934207
- Landry GL, Chang CJ. Herpes and tinea in wrestling: managing outbreaks, knowing when to disqualify. Phys Sportsmed. 2004 Oct; 32(10):34-41. PMID: 20086382
- Landry GL, Chang CJ, Mees PD. Treating and avoiding herpes and tinea infections in contact sports. Phys Sportsmed. 2004 Oct; 32(10):43-4. PMID: 20086383
- Yi S, Chang CJ. Subtalar dislocation in a female gymnast. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2003 Oct; 2(5):265-6. PMID: 12959707
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About Cindy Chang, MD
Cindy J. Chang, MD, is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialist who sees both pediatric and adult patients.
Dr. Chang 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 a 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 sees 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.
Dr. Chang's primary practice is at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute on the Mission Bay Campus in San Francisco; she also holds clinics at UCSF Berkeley Outpatient Clinic, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Walnut Creek.