Douglas Chang

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Yale College, New HavenBAEngineering Sciences - Mechanical
    Klinik W. Schulthess, Zurich, Switzerland-Spine and Sports Medicine
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    San Diego Magazine2020Top Doctors Award
    International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine2018Best Poster Award
    HealthTap.com2017Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist in California
    The Spine Journal and the North American Spine Society2017Outstanding Paper Award: Basic Science
    UC San Diego School of Medicine2009Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award nominee
    U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative2008Young Investigator Grant Mentoring Program
    UC San Diego School of Medicine2007National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine Program
    American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Resident Physician Council2004Western US Residency Program Representative
    NIH Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)2000Fellowship Award
    Advanced Tissue Sciences1997Dr. William Walsh Award for Excellence in Bioengineering
    UC San Diego School of Medicine1997Outstanding Third Year Medical Student

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    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 spine pain in NASA astronauts, and yoga on chronic spine pain in veterans.

    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. At Yale college as an undergraduate he competed as a light-weight rower. He is currently board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and sports medicine.

    To stay in shape, Dr. Chang likes to run, stretch with yoga and chase after his two sons.

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    1. Ultrashort echo time MRI detects significantly lower collagen but higher pore water in the tibial cortex of female patients with osteopenia and osteoporosis. J Bone Miner Res. 2024 Apr 09. Jerban S, Ma Y, Wei Z, Shen M, Ibrahim Z, Jang H, Lu P, Chang DG, Woods G, Chung CB, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 38591788.
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    2. Yoga Plus Mantram Repetition to Reduce Chronic Pain in Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Feasibility Trial. Glob Adv Integr Med Health. 2023 Jan-Dec; 12:27536130231220623. Groessl EJ, Hafey C, McCarthy A, Hernandez RM, Prado-Nava M, Casteel D, McKinnon S, Chang DG, Ayers CR, Rutledge TR, Lang AJ, Bormann JE. PMID: 38152342; PMCID: PMC10752061.
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    3. Comparing Types of Yoga for Chronic Low Back and Neck Pain in Military Personnel: A Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial. Glob Adv Health Med. 2022; 11:2164957X221094596. Groessl EJ, Casteel D, McKinnon S, McCarthy A, Schmalzl L, Chang DG, Fowler IM, Park CL. PMID: 35734420; PMCID: PMC9208032.
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    4. Lower Macromolecular Content in Tendons of Female Patients with Osteoporosis versus Patients with Osteopenia Detected by Ultrashort Echo Time (UTE) MRI. Diagnostics (Basel). 2022 Apr 24; 12(5). Jerban S, Ma Y, Afsahi AM, Lombardi A, Wei Z, Shen M, Wu M, Le N, Le N, Chang DG, Chung CB, Du J, Chang EY. PMID: 35626217; PMCID: PMC9140093.
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    5. Quantitative assessment of articular cartilage degeneration using 3D ultrashort echo time cones adiabatic T1ρ (3D UTE-Cones-AdiabT1ρ) imaging. Eur Radiol. 2022 Sep; 32(9):6178-6186. Wu M, Ma YJ, Liu M, Xue Y, Gong L, Wei Z, Jerban S, Jang H, Chang DG, Chang EY, Ma L, Du J. PMID: 35357540; PMCID: PMC9388581.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Biomechanical changes in the lumbar spine following spaceflight and factors associated with postspaceflight disc herniation. Spine J. 2022 02; 22(2):197-206. Bailey JF, Nyayapati P, Johnson GTA, Dziesinski L, Scheffler AW, Crawford R, Scheuring R, O'Neill CW, Chang D, Hargens AR, Lotz JC. PMID: 34343665.
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    7. An Update in Qualitative Imaging of Bone Using Ultrashort Echo Time Magnetic Resonance. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2020; 11:555756. Jerban S, Chang DG, Ma Y, Jang H, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 33117275; PMCID: PMC7551122.
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    8. Brain Amygdala Volume Increases in Veterans and Active-Duty Military Personnel With Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2020 Jan/Feb; 35(1):E1-E9. Pieper J, Chang DG, Mahasin SZ, Swan AR, Quinto AA, Nichols SL, Diwakar M, Huang C, Swan J, Lee RR, Baker DG, Huang M. PMID: 31033749; PMCID: PMC6814512.
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    9. Secondary Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga for Veterans with Chronic Low-Back Pain. Int J Yoga Therap. 2020 Jan 01; 30(1):69-76. Groessl EJ, Liu L, Schmalzl L, Chang DG, McCarthy A, Chun WI, Sinclair C, Bormann JE. PMID: 31509451; PMCID: PMC8966177.
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    10. Intraligamentous synovial chondromatosis of the anterior cruciate ligament. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Apr; 49(4):645-650. Ashir A, Li WX, Shirazian H, Chang DG, Chang EY. PMID: 31760459; PMCID: PMC7024656.
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    11. Nonoperative Management of a Severe Proximal Rectus Femoris Musculotendinous Injury in a Recreational Athlete: A Case Report. PM R. 2018 Dec; 10(12):1417-1421. Park CK, Zlomislic V, Du J, Huang BK, Chang EY, Chang DG. PMID: 29775802; PMCID: PMC6309279.
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    12. Integrated Exposure Therapy and Exercise Reduces Fear of Falling and Avoidance in Older Adults: A Randomized Pilot Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 08; 26(8):849-859. Wetherell JL, Bower ES, Johnson K, Chang DG, Ward SR, Petkus AJ. PMID: 29754811; PMCID: PMC6086757.
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    13. From the international space station to the clinic: how prolonged unloading may disrupt lumbar spine stability. Spine J. 2018 01; 18(1):7-14. Bailey JF, Miller SL, Khieu K, O'Neill CW, Healey RM, Coughlin DG, Sayson JV, Chang DG, Hargens AR, Lotz JC. PMID: 28962911; PMCID: PMC6339989.
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    14. Yoga for Military Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Nov; 53(5):599-608. Groessl EJ, Liu L, Chang DG, Wetherell JL, Bormann JE, Atkinson JH, Baxi S, Schmalzl L. PMID: 28735778; PMCID: PMC6399016.
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    15. Yoga and Low Back Pain: No Fool's Tool. Ann Intern Med. 2017 07 18; 167(2):129-130. Chang DG, Kertesz SG. PMID: 28631002; PMCID: PMC8099157.
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    16. Lumbar Spine Paraspinal Muscle and Intervertebral Disc Height Changes in Astronauts After Long-Duration Spaceflight on the International Space Station. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Dec 15; 41(24):1917-1924. Chang DG, Healey RM, Snyder AJ, Sayson JV, Macias BR, Coughlin DG, Bailey JF, Parazynski SE, Lotz JC, Hargens AR. PMID: 27779600; PMCID: PMC5588025.
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    17. Poster 180 Rectus Femoris Avulsion of the Direct and Reflected Heads in a Kickball Player: MRI Diagnosis and Nonoperative Outcome. PM R. 2016 Sep; 8(9S):S220. Park CK, Zlomislic V, Chang DG. PMID: 27672945.
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    18. Yoga for veterans with chronic low back pain: Design and methods of a randomized clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 05; 48:110-8. Groessl EJ, Schmalzl L, Maiya M, Liu L, Goodman D, Chang DG, Wetherell JL, Bormann JE, Atkinson JH, Baxi S. PMID: 27103548.
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    19. WISE 2005: Aerobic and resistive countermeasures prevent paraspinal muscle deconditioning during 60-day bed rest in women. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 05 15; 120(10):1215-22. Holt JA, Macias BR, Schneider SM, Watenpaugh DE, Lee SM, Chang DG, Hargens AR. PMID: 26893030.
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    20. Activity, balance, learning, and exposure (ABLE): a new intervention for fear of falling. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 07; 31(7):791-8. Wetherell JL, Johnson K, Chang D, Ward SR, Bower ES, Merz C, Petkus AJ. PMID: 26729564; PMCID: PMC6339991.
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    21. Yoga as a treatment for chronic low back pain: A systematic review of the literature. J Orthop Rheumatol. 2016 Jan 01; 3(1):1-8. Chang DG, Holt JA, Sklar M, Groessl EJ. PMID: 27231715; PMCID: PMC4878447.
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    22. Anatomic Evaluation of the Sacroiliac Joint: A Radiographic Study with Implications for Procedures. Pain Physician. 2015 Nov; 18(6):583-92. Rana SH, Farjoodi P, Haloman S, Dutton P, Hariri A, Ward SR, Garfin SR, Chang DG. PMID: 26606010.
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    23. Return to Learn: A review of cognitive rest versus rehabilitation after sports concussion. NeuroRehabilitation. 2015; 37(2):235-44. Eastman A, Chang DG. PMID: 26484515; PMCID: PMC7039315.
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    24. Single-subject-based whole-brain MEG slow-wave imaging approach for detecting abnormality in patients with mild traumatic brain injury. Neuroimage Clin. 2014; 5:109-19. Huang MX, Nichols S, Baker DG, Robb A, Angeles A, Yurgil KA, Drake A, Levy M, Song T, McLay R, Theilmann RJ, Diwakar M, Risbrough VB, Ji Z, Huang CW, Chang DG, Harrington DL, Muzzatti L, Canive JM, Christopher Edgar J, Chen YH, Lee RR. PMID: 25009772; PMCID: PMC4087185.
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    25. Three decades of citation classics: the most cited articles in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. PM R. 2014 Sep; 6(9):828-40. Powell AJ, Conlee EM, Chang DG. PMID: 25091931; PMCID: PMC6415682.
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    26. Body posture and backpack loading: an upright magnetic resonance imaging study of the adult lumbar spine. Eur Spine J. 2014 Jul; 23(7):1407-13. Shymon S, Hargens AR, Minkoff LA, Chang DG. PMID: 24619606; PMCID: PMC6339990.
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    27. Natural resolution of a herniated lumbar disc. BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Sep 30; 2013. Chang DG, Shymon S, Powell AJ. PMID: 24081598; PMCID: PMC3794266.
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    28. Anterior-posterior transcranial ultrasound to measure cranial oscillations. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2013 Sep; 84(9):995-1000. Liu JH, Lynch JE, Rosales-Velderrain A, Chang DG, Weinreb RN, Hargens AR. PMID: 24024314; PMCID: PMC6342011.
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    29. Older age increases short-term surgical complications after primary knee arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Aug; 471(8):2611-20. Easterlin MC, Chang DG, Talamini M, Chang DC. PMID: 23613088; PMCID: PMC3705042.
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    30. The Ilizarov method of external fixation: current intraoperative concepts. AORN J. 2010 Mar; 91(3):326-37; quiz 338-40. Lee DK, Duong ET, Chang DG. PMID: 20193798.
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    31. Denervation hypertrophy in lumbosacral radiculopathy. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2008 Oct; 79(10):1170. Chang DG, Magee E, Hughes T. PMID: 18796595; PMCID: PMC6417413.
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    32. Brainstem auditory-evoked potentials as an objective tool for evaluating hearing dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 Mar; 83(3):210-5. Lew HL, Lee EH, Miyoshi Y, Chang DG, Date ES, Jerger JF. PMID: 15043356; PMCID: PMC8294093.
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    33. The effects of hyaluronan on tissue healing after meniscus injury and repair in a rabbit model. Am J Sports Med. 2000 Jan-Feb; 28(1):90-7. Sonoda M, Harwood FL, Amiel ME, Moriya H, Temple M, Chang DG, Lottman LM, Sah RL, Amiel D. PMID: 10653550; PMCID: PMC6481663.
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    34. Quantitation and localization of cartilage degeneration following the induction of osteoarthritis in the rabbit knee. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 1997 Sep; 5(5):357-72. Chang DG, Iverson EP, Schinagl RM, Sonoda M, Amiel D, Coutts RD, Sah RL. PMID: 9497942.
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    35. Geometric changes in the cervical spinal canal during impact. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1994 Apr 15; 19(8):973-80. Chang DG, Tencer AF, Ching RP, Treece B, Senft D, Anderson PA. PMID: 8009357; PMCID: PMC7989042.
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    36. An analysis of errors in kinematic parameters associated with in vivo functional radiographs. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1992 Feb; 17(2):200-5. Panjabi M, Chang D, Dvorák J. PMID: 1553591; PMCID: PMC6397132.
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    37. Clinical validation of functional flexion-extension roentgenograms of the lumbar spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1991 Aug; 16(8):943-50. Dvorák J, Panjabi MM, Novotny JE, Chang DG, Grob D. PMID: 1835156; PMCID: PMC7999614.
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    38. Functional radiographic diagnosis of the lumbar spine. Flexion-extension and lateral bending. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1991 May; 16(5):562-71. Dvorák J, Panjabi MM, Chang DG, Theiler R, Grob D. PMID: 2052999; PMCID: PMC8009657.
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