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 from examinations and imaging studies, and she guides them on 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 of her own, and this personal experience informs her empathetic, individualized approach to caring for athletes.
Chang has been a youth sports coach, and her children have played many club and high school sports, with one also playing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
Chang sees adult patients at the UCSF Berkeley Outpatient Center and the Sports Medicine Center at the Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay, and sees pediatric patients at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes at Oakland and at Walnut Creek, which also includes the Sports Concussion Program.
Chang's research focuses on improving health and safety for athletes ranging from schoolchildren to adults, including college 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.