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Dr. Chang's bio
This content was provided by Dr. Chang "Douglas Chang, MD, PhD is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of back/neck pain and other musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Chang's passion of athletics, curiosity about movement mechanics, and desire to improve people's quality of life led him to pursue his profession as both a physician and researcher. He says that the most satisfying aspect of his practice is listening to his patients tell him about their activity exploits after treatment and hearing a patient say, "There is life after pain!" As a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Chang instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He participates in research on the effects of prolonged weightlessness on neck and back pain in NASA astronauts, yoga on chronic back pain in veterans, as well as psychological strategies to eliminate fear of re-injury after an injury or fall.Dr. Chang completed a fellowship in spine and sports medicine in Zurich, Switzerland with the lead physician of the FIFA World Cup Soccer organization. He completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Stanford University, where he provided medical care for college athletes, including cross-country and distance runners. Dr. Chang earned his medical degree and his doctorate in bioengineering from UC San Diego. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine.To stay in shape, Dr. Chang currently swims, works out at the gym and chases after his two young sons. - External Professional Activities: Medical consultant, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, CA. Medical consultant, Major League Baseball. San Diego Padres. - Honors and Awards Junior Varsity letter for collegiate rowing American Society of Mechanical Engineering Bioengineering Division student paper competition, Finalist. Dr. William B. Walsh Award for Excellence in Bioengineering, 1997. Outstanding Third Year Medical Student, UC San Diego School of Medicine, 1997. UC San Diego National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, Class of 2007. United State Bone and Joint Decade, Young Investigator Program, Class of 2008. Kaiser Excellence in Teaching award nominee, UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2009. San Diego Magazine, "Top Doctors, San Diego", 2011. US News and World Report, "Top Doctor" (ranking in the top 10% nationally), 2011. Southern California Magazine group, "Top Doctors", 2012. San Diego Magazine, "Top Doctors, San Diego", 2013. Medical consultant, National Football League, San Diego Chargers, 2013-2017. HealthTapdotcom "Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist in California", 2013. San Diego Magazine, "Top Doctors, San Diego", 2015. SD Metro "San Diego's Top Doctors", 2016 Castle Connolly's 2016 list of America's Top Doctors"
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This content was provided by Dr. Chang "http://ortho.ucsd.edu/faculty/clinical profiles/changclinicalprofile.shtml Dr. Chang says that the most satisfying aspect of his practice is listening to his patients tell him about their activity exploits after treatment and hearing a patient say "There is life after pain!""
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
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Undergraduate School | Graduated
University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated
Internship Hospital | Completed
Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
Schulthess Klinik, Zurich, Switzerland
Fellowship Hospital | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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