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Douglas Chang, MD, PhD

Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service

Orthopedics (Primary Specialty)

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Dr. Chang specializes in the non-surgical treatment of back/neck pain and other musculoskeletal injuries.

Dr. Chang received his undergraduate degree from Yale University where he was a member of the rowing team. He completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Stanford University, where he provided medical care for Stanford athletes, including cross-country and distance runners. Dr Chang completed a fellowship in spine and sports medicine with the lead physician of the FIFA World Cup Soccer organization in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Chang's love 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 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 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!"

To stay in shape, Dr. Chang currently swims, works out at the gym and chases after his two young sons.

Subspecialty Certificates of Added Qualification:
Sports Medicine, Pain Medicine

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Medical Degree:
UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA (The outstanding third year medical student award, 1997)
Doctoral Degree:
UC San Diego, Department of Bioengineering, San Diego, CA (Dr. William B. Walsh Award for Excellence in Bioengineering)
Board Certifications:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Encinitas - Garden View

UC San Diego Health System - Encinitas
1200 Garden View Road
Encinitas, CA  92024

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San Diego, CA  92103

La Jolla - Perlman Medical Offices

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Perlman Medical Offices
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La Jolla, CA  92037
Contact Numbers
New Patient Registration:
(800) 926-8273
Direct Clinic Line:
(858) 657-8200