Cindy Chang, MD

Primary care sports medicine specialist

Dr. Cindy Chang is a specialist in primary care sports medicine. She cares for people of all ages experiencing injuries or illnesses that prevent them from being as physically active as they want to be. She educates patients about their injuries, sharing findings on examinations and imaging studies, as well as about appropriate rehabilitation options and how to prevent future injury and illness. She provides referrals to orthopedic surgeons or other subspecialists, as needed. A lifelong competitive athlete, she has dealt with multiple injuries that inform her empathetic, individualized approach to caring for athletes. She has also been a youth sports coach, and her children have played many club and high school sports, with one playing at the Division I collegiate level.

Chang's research focuses on improving health and safety for athletes ranging from schoolchildren to adults, including collegiate athletes and competitors in the Olympics and Paralympics. She studies injury prevention and injury prevalence in various sports and at different levels of competition. She is currently studying how childhood obesity impacts knee function.

Chang is part of an effort to place automated external defibrillators in every school and to educate schools about handling sudden cardiac arrest and other health emergencies on campus. She also speaks on sports-related concussions and is co-director of the Sports Concussion Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Chang earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She then completed a residency in family medicine at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Chang is a past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, serves on the board of trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine and chairs the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the California Interscholastic Federation. She recently served on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Chang has 25 years of experience caring for athletes of all ages and levels in sports ranging from archery to volleyball. She has served as an assistant team physician for Ohio State University. At the University of California, Berkeley, she was head team physician for all 27 intercollegiate sports, including football, for 13 years. She also served as chief medical officer for Team USA during the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 2012 London Olympics. She currently volunteers as a team physician for both UC Berkeley and Berkeley High School.


Sports Concussion Program
1500 Owens St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1915
Fax: (415) 514-6075

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sports Medicine Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353–2808
Main: (415) 353–9400
Fax: (415) 885–3862

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Board Certification

Sports Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

Academic Title


More about Cindy Chang


Ohio State University College of Medicine 1989


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Family Medicine 1992


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Primary Care Sports Medicine 1993

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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.
  2. Asplund C, Chang CJ. Care of the endurance athlete: promotion, perception, performance and professionalism. Br J Sports Med. 2011 Nov; 45(14):1083-4.
  3. 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.
  4. Saxena A, Chang CJ, Wang S. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in athletes. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2006 Sep; 5(5):254-7.
  5. Landry GL, Chang CJ. Herpes and tinea in wrestling: managing outbreaks, knowing when to disqualify. Phys Sportsmed. 2004 Oct; 32(10):34-41.
  6. Landry GL, Chang CJ, Mees PD. Treating and avoiding herpes and tinea infections in contact sports. Phys Sportsmed. 2004 Oct; 32(10):43-4.
  7. Yi S, Chang CJ. Subtalar dislocation in a female gymnast. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2003 Oct; 2(5):265-6.
  8. Moazzaz P, Chang CJ. Two unusual cases of acetabular fractures sustained during sports. Clin J Sport Med. 2002 Mar; 12(2):127-9.

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