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Passion for treating brain, spine injuries leads local doctor to great heights

Passion for treating brain, spine injuries leads local doctor to great heights

Dr. Douglas Chang's lifelong interest in spinal and brain injuries has led him to care for everyone from astronauts, Oympians and NFL players to regular folks who have hurt themselves while playing sports on the weekend.

Chang, 50, a Carmel Valley resident, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with UC San Diego Health. He specializes in the non-surgical treatment of back pain, concussions and other injuries, seeing patients in the health systems' clinics while also participating in research projects and teaching medical students.

Among his research projects has been evaluating back pain suffered by NASA astronauts following six-month stints on the international...

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