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Douglas Chang

TitleClinical Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentOrthopedic Surgery
Address200 W. Arbor Drive #8894
San Diego CA 92103
Phone619-543-5555
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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, yoga on chronic spine pain in veterans, as well as research into sports concussions.

    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 swim, work out at the gym and chase after his two young sons.


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    1. Bailey JF, Miller SL, Khieu K, O'Neill CW, Healey RM, Coughlin DG, Sayson JV, Chang D, Hargens AR, Lotz JC. From the international space station to the clinic: how prolonged unloading may disrupt lumbar spine stability. Spine J. 2018 Jan; 18(1):7-14. PMID: 28962911.
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    2. Groessl EJ, Liu L, Chang D, Wetherell JL, Bormann JE, Atkinson JH, Baxi S, Schmalzl L. Yoga for Military Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Nov; 53(5):599-608. PMID: 28735778.
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    3. Chang D, Kertesz SG. Yoga and Low Back Pain: No Fool's Tool. Ann Intern Med. 2017 07 18; 167(2):129-130. PMID: 28631002.
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    4. Chang D, Healey RM, Snyder AJ, Sayson JV, Macias BR, Coughlin DG, Bailey JF, Parazynski SE, Lotz JC, Hargens AR. 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. PMID: 27779600.
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    5. Park CK, Zlomislic V, Chang D. 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. PMID: 27672945.
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    6. Groessl EJ, Schmalzl L, Maiya M, Liu L, Goodman D, Chang D, Wetherell JL, Bormann JE, Atkinson JH, Baxi S. Yoga for veterans with chronic low back pain: Design and methods of a randomized clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 05; 48:110-8. PMID: 27103548.
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    7. Holt JA, Macias BR, Schneider SM, Watenpaugh DE, Lee SM, Chang D, Hargens AR. WISE 2005: Aerobic and resistive countermeasures prevent paraspinal muscle deconditioning during 60-day bed rest in women. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 May 15; 120(10):1215-22. PMID: 26893030.
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    8. Wetherell JL, Johnson K, Chang D, Ward SR, Bower ES, Merz C, Petkus AJ. Activity, balance, learning, and exposure (ABLE): a new intervention for fear of falling. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 07; 31(7):791-8. PMID: 26729564.
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    9. Chang D, Holt JA, Sklar M, Groessl EJ. 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. PMID: 27231715.
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    10. Rana SH, Farjoodi P, Haloman S, Dutton P, Hariri A, Ward SR, Garfin SR, Chang D. Anatomic Evaluation of the Sacroiliac Joint: A Radiographic Study with Implications for Procedures. Pain Physician. 2015 Nov; 18(6):583-92. PMID: 26606010.
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    11. Eastman A, Chang D. Return to Learn: A review of cognitive rest versus rehabilitation after sports concussion. NeuroRehabilitation. 2015; 37(2):235-44. PMID: 26484515.
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    12. 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 D, Harrington DL, Muzzatti L, Canive JM, Christopher Edgar J, Chen YH, Lee RR. 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. PMID: 25009772; PMCID: PMC4087185.
    13. Powell AJ, Conlee EM, Chang D. 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. PMID: 25091931.
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    14. Shymon S, Hargens AR, Minkoff LA, Chang D. 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. PMID: 24619606.
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    15. Chang D, Shymon S, Powell AJ. Natural resolution of a herniated lumbar disc. BMJ Case Rep. 2013 Sep 30; 2013. PMID: 24081598; PMCID: PMC3794266.
    16. Liu JH, Lynch JE, Rosales-Velderrain A, Chang D, Weinreb RN, Hargens AR. Anterior-posterior transcranial ultrasound to measure cranial oscillations. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2013 Sep; 84(9):995-1000. PMID: 24024314.
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    17. Easterlin MC, Chang DG, Talamini M, Chang D. Older age increases short-term surgical complications after primary knee arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Aug; 471(8):2611-20. PMID: 23613088; PMCID: PMC3705042.
    18. Lee DK, Duong ET, Chang D. The Ilizarov method of external fixation: current intraoperative concepts. AORN J. 2010 Mar; 91(3):326-37; quiz 338-40. PMID: 20193798.
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    19. Chang D, Magee E, Hughes T. Denervation hypertrophy in lumbosacral radiculopathy. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2008 Oct; 79(10):1170. PMID: 18796595.
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    20. Lew HL, Lee EH, Miyoshi Y, Chang D, Date ES, Jerger JF. 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. PMID: 15043356.
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    21. Sonoda M, Harwood FL, Amiel ME, Moriya H, Temple M, Chang D, Lottman LM, Sah RL, Amiel D. 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. PMID: 10653550.
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    22. Chang D, Iverson EP, Schinagl RM, Sonoda M, Amiel D, Coutts RD, Sah RL. Quantitation and localization of cartilage degeneration following the induction of osteoarthritis in the rabbit knee. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 1997 Sep; 5(5):357-72. PMID: 9497942.
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    23. Chang D, Tencer AF, Ching RP, Treece B, Senft D, Anderson PA. Geometric changes in the cervical spinal canal during impact. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1994 Apr 15; 19(8):973-80. PMID: 8009357.
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    24. Panjabi M, Chang D, Dvorák J. An analysis of errors in kinematic parameters associated with in vivo functional radiographs. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1992 Feb; 17(2):200-5. PMID: 1553591.
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    25. Dvorák J, Panjabi MM, Novotny JE, Chang D, Grob D. Clinical validation of functional flexion-extension roentgenograms of the lumbar spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1991 Aug; 16(8):943-50. PMID: 1835156.
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    26. Dvorák J, Panjabi MM, Chang D, Theiler R, Grob D. Functional radiographic diagnosis of the lumbar spine. Flexion-extension and lateral bending. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1991 May; 16(5):562-71. PMID: 2052999.
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