Suraj Achar, M.D.
Dr. Achar is a primary care physician with fellowship training and a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. He is medical director of La Jolla Family and Sports Medicine, and from 2009 to 2011, was named a “Top Doctor” in family medicine by San Diego Magazine and the San Diego County Medical Society.
The most rewarding aspect of being a physician, he believes, is “having the opportunity to really make a difference when it counts.”
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.
Along with caring for his patients, Dr. Achar is involved in sports medicine-related clinical trials. He is especially interested in looking at anabolic steroid use in children, adolescents and professional athletes.
Among his professional activities, Dr. Achar is the team physician for San Diego’s professional indoor soccer franchise, the Sockers, as well as for the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletes and Kearny High School. He is also the medical director for the California State Games, an amateur youth competition involving 5,000 athletes in 20 sports.
Dr. Achar played high school tennis and soccer and was a member of the intercollegiate soccer team at the University of Poitiers, France. He continues to play and coach soccer and stay fit through running and strength training. When not working, Dr. Achar spends as much time as possible with his wife, Suriti, and three sons Ravi, Jivan and Rohan.