Dr. Cindy J. Chang, who served as USA’s first female and Chinese-American Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 London Olympic Games, earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. Chang is recognized as one of the leading primary care sports medicine physicians in the country.
Chang was the head team physician for the University of California, Berkley’s 27 athletic teams from 1995 to 2008. She continues to work at UC-Berkeley as a sports medicine specialist and serves as a consultant and team physician for the college’s intercollegiate athletes.
The Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award was presented in an awards ceremony to Chang by Dr. Bob Block, an Academy Board of Trustees member, Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Tang Center following a presentation Chang made for University Health Services staff on shoulder injuries.
“I feel like an Olympian,” said Chang, after the Academy medal was hung around her neck by Block. “It is truly a memorable experience and one that I will not soon forget.”
Chang served as Chief Medical Officer for the USA delegation at the 2007 Parapan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games. She was a member of the USA medial team for the Winter Paralympic Games in Nagano, Japan, in 1998 and in Salt Lake City in 2002. Chang also worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Because of her ability to develop relationships with international colleagues at the Olympic Games, Chang was selected to serve on the Program Committee for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Congress on Injury and Illness Prevention in Monaco in 2014.
In 2012, Chang co-founded the California Concussion Coalition (CCC), an educational grassroots organization whose mission is to bring awareness about the growing concern of concussion in youth sports. The CCC has joined forces with the Sports Legacy Institute to educate the public about proper identification, awareness and responses to concussion injuries.
As an assistant clinical professor at UC-Davis and UC-San Francisco, Chang remains actively involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. Prior to coming to California, Chang was an assistant team physician for Ohio State University (OSU) and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at OSU’s College of Medicine.
Chang is the former president and was an elected four-year member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM). She also served on the Medical Education Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine. She was the 2003 recipient of the AMSSM Founders Award, given to a sports medicine physician who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and service to the community.