I practice old fashioned hands on clinical medicine and rely on a detailed history and experienced physical examination. I respect the dignity of my patients and enjoy my patient interactions. My practice also includes a telemedicine platform powered by VSEE.
A former gymnast and semi professional dancer, I graduated from San Francisco State University in 1976 with a major in Biology and Physiology/Pre-Med Studies. I was inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 1985. A graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine Class of 1981, I attended my 35th Class Reunion in May of 2016. In 1982 I became the first African American woman to train in neurological surgery in the UC System, an experience I documented in my book The 21st Century Upright Woman, which details the evolutionary anthropology of the upright bipedal spine in the universal prevalence of low back pain.
In 1988 I completed a 2 year postdoctoral clinical and research fellowship in the Department of Surgery Stanford University Hospital.My duties included serving as a flight physician aboard the Stanford Life Flight Helicopter and conducting research into spinal trauma and helicopter transport in conjunction with the Palo Alto VAH RR&D. I am published in peer review journals and textbooks
From 1989 to 1999 I served as an emergency physician for stadium operations San Francisco Giants MLB at Candlestick Park. In 2005 I established Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD Sports Medicine and Alternative Therapies located at Back To Sports 342 West Portal Avenue. My practice in 2016 is mobile and includes studio and treatment services at Laurel Heights Synergy Studio on Sacramento Street in San Francisco and Telemedicine services offered through two locations in the city. In 2011 I became the corporate owner of a health and wellness practice located in the Arden Arcade region of Sacramento. In 2016 that service was incorporated by the California Secretary of State as Golden State MD Health & Wellness.