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About Suraj A. Achar, MD, FAAFP

Suraj A. Achar, MD, is a board-certified family medicine doctor who specializes in sports medicine. His expertise includes diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries associated with athletics. He is highly experienced in ultrasound-guided diagnostics and procedures. Dr. Achar also provides primary care for patients of all ages, including preventive care and treatment of acute and chronic diseases.

He has repeatedly been named a top doctor in San Diego Magazine's " Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" annual survey performed in collaboration with the San Diego County Medical Society.

Dr. Achar is a team physician for UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics, Canyon Crest Academy and Kearny High School. He is also one of the medical directors for the California State Games, an amateur youth competition involving 5,000 athletes in 20 sports. Additionally, he has a joint appointment at Rady Children's Hospital, where he works with children in the 360 Sports Medicine program.

As a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Achar is involved in training medical students, residents, and fellows. His research work includes clinical trials related to sports medicine. He is especially interested in anabolic steroid use in children, adolescents, and professional athletes.

Dr. Achar is the associate program director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He also teaches physicians from around the country at the American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assemblies and UC San Diego's Physician Assessment and Clinical. Education (PACE) Program, where he focuses on the law in medicine. Dr. Achar was inspired to become a physician after learning about the work of Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization. After completing medical school, he spent six months in Kenya as part of the program, providing medical care to children amid war and poverty. Dr. Achar feels the most rewarding aspect of being a physician is "having the opportunity to really make a difference when it counts."

He completed his residency and fellowship training at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Achar earned his medical degree at State University of New York Buffalo School of Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).

Dr. Achar played high school tennis and soccer and was a member of the intercollegiate soccer team at the University of Poitiers in France. He continues to play and coach soccer, and stays fit through running and strength training.

When not at work, Dr. Achar spends as much time as possible with his wife, Suriti, and his three sons, Ravi, Jivan, and Rohan.

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For more information, see Primary Care and Sports Medicine.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

Fellowship

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Residency

  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Gender

  • Male

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Conditions and Treatments

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Hamstring Tendonitis
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Sports Injuries
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Concussion
  • Family Practice
  • Care for All Ages
  • Comprehensive Care for the Individual and Family
  • Overall Health and Well-Being
  • Management of Common and Long-Term Illnesses in Children and Adults
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted

Videos

Treatment for Exercise and Sports Injuries

UC San Diego Health's Dr. Suraj Achar discusses how to treat sports injuries. Learn more about sports medicine at health.ucsd.edu/sportsmed
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