Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai, MD

Sports Medicine  |  
Female  |  
Age 65
Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai, MD
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.

3556 Sacramento St

San Francisco, CA 94118

Contact Information

(415) 859-5471

Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai, MD

Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai, MD

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Dr. Sumchai's Experience

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • Sanctions found
  • Board actions found

Care Philosophy

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  • Sports Medicine
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

Board Certifications

Dr. Sumchai does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Hand Conditions
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)


  • Myofascial Release Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Sports Physical Examination
  • Strengthening Exercise

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

2 Sanctions
  • Other (12/15/2005)
    Action Taken: License Reinstatement with Restrictions and/or Terms and Conditions
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: California
  • Unknown (3/26/2001)
    Action Taken: Surrender
    Summary: Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai: Surrendered medical license in lieu of further proceedings.
    State: California
1 Board Action
  • Other (10/28/2011)
    Action Taken: License Reinstatement without Restrictions
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: California


  • University Of California, San Francisco, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • University Of California San Francisco School Of Medicine-General Surgery
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • University Of California San Francisco School Of Medicine-General and Neurological Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Stanford University Medical Center-Department Of Surgery/Emergency Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
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