Photo of Elizabeth Kaufman, M.D.


Sports Medicine


Sports Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of Rochester School of Medicine


Stanford University, Kaiser Santa Clara


Georgetown University




After graduating from The Bishop's School in La Jolla, Dr. Kaufman attended Yale University, where she was captain of the women's tennis team. Dr. Kaufman played tennis professionally on the WTA/ITF circuit after college before attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Stanford followed by a sports medicine fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, DC before returning to San Diego. 

Dr. Kaufman treats sports injuries in children and young adults, with a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound. 

When not working, Dr. Kaufman enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband and three young children. 


Intensive Cryotherapy in the Emergency Department (ICED): A Randomized Controlled Trial - PubMed (

Anterolateral ankle impingement in adolescents: outcomes of nonoperative and operative treatment - PubMed (

Leroux E, Kaufman E, Kontaxis C, Lipman G. Intensive Cryotherapy in the Emergency

Department (ICED): A Randomized Controlled Trial. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine,

2021, Mar, 22(2):445-449

Kalsi H, Kaufman E, Hudson K. Pain in the Neck: Cervical Spine Injuries in Athletes. Critical

Decisions in Emergency Medicine, 2018, Oct, 32(10): 1-10.

Edmonds, EW, Chambers, R, Kaufman, EA, Chambers, HG. Anterolateral Ankle Impingement in

Adolescents: Outcomes of Nonoperative and Operative Treatment. Journal of Pediatric

Orthopedics, 2010, Mar, 30(2):186-191.

Case Reports:

Kaufman EA, Hunter-Behrend M, Leroux E, Gharahbaghian L, Lobo V. Thymic tumor

extension into the heart: a rare finding by point-of-care ultrasound. Aug 04, 2016. Cureus


Kaufman, EA, Lipman, G, Sharp, L, Krabak, B. Two cases of paradoxical hypothermia in a

Sahara Desert multi-stage ultramarathon. Emergency Care Journal, 2014, Aug 10(1):4279.

Kaufman EA, Delasobera BE. Foot Numbness – Basketball: Doc, My Foot is Numb! Medicine

and Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(5S);536, May2017.

Book Chapter:

Auerbach, PS, Imray, CH, Kaufman, EA. Frostbite. (2014, October 22).

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