Dr. Douglas Chang, PHD

Dr. Douglas Chang, PHD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
(11)
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Dr. Douglas Chang, PHD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist in Encinitas, CA and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine and specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation and sports medicine. He speaks German.Read his story

1200 Garden View Rd

Encinitas, CA 92024

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net of California
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Joint Pain
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more than 5% of peers

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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!""
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Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
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Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
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Conditions Treated

  • Back Disorders
  • Joint Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Sports Injuries
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Procedures

  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Yale
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Emory University
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Stanford Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Schulthess Klinik, Zurich, Switzerland
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chang has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chang's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chang to family and friends
4.0
based on 11 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (11)

  • 5
    (8)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
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Dr. Chang's Performance

Trustworthiness
VERY GOOD
Explains condition(s) well
VERY GOOD
Answers Questions
VERY GOOD
Time well spent
VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
VERY GOOD
Office environment
VERY GOOD
Staff friendliness
VERY GOOD
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Chang accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    CaliforniaCare HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net of California
    Large Group HMO
    Large Group PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    PacifiCare HMO

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Hospitals where Dr. Chang has admitting privileges

UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest
200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
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