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Dr. Cindy Chang tapped as Team USA's chief medical officer.



    London Calling for Cal Doctor

    Cal's former team physician Dr. Cindy Chang has been chosen to oversee the U.S. Olympic team's medical staff and clinic. (Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012)

    Dozens of athletes with Bay Area ties will compete in the Olympic games, and if they have any medical issues, they'll see a familiar face in the clinic.

    University of California at Berkeley's' former head team physician, Dr. Cindy Chang is the chief medical officer for Team USA.

    It's a role she's been training for literally for decades. From 1995 to 2008, she was head doctor for Cal athletics, but resigned to spend more time with her family. It's her commitment to her two kids and husband that made her hesitate when offered a job of a lifetime.

    "Initially I didn't accept right away," Chang said. 

    As chief medical officer for the Paraolympics in Beijing, Chang knew the demands of this job. But once her family gave their blessing, she accepted.

    For the role of chief medical officer for the London Games, Chang will oversee a team of 80, providing care for more than 500 athletes.

    Always ready to show her Bear pride, she's like a mama bear when talking about Cal athletes.

    "The most exciting thing is that there are over 30 current and former Cal athletes," Chang said. "I don't want to see you when you're injured or hurt because you're not going to be injured or hurt, but just come by and say hello."

    At the elite level, injuries are inevitable, and  Chang is ready for the challenge.

    "At the Olympic level, the pressure is on," Chang said. "To get them back quickly and safety."