San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
MC 5062
San Diego, CA 92123


Sports Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

State University of New York at Buffalo (Medicine)


UC San Diego


UC San Diego

Board Certifications

Family Practice, Sports Medicine




Dr. Suraj Achar is a sports medicine specialist with the 360 Sports Medicine program of Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. He also is a professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Achar has been named a "Top Doctor" in both specialties of family medicine & sports medicine by 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. His is currently developing a research tract to study the benefits of team sports for children with autism.

Among his professional activities, Dr. Achar is the head team physician for San Diego's professional indoor soccer franchise, the Sockers, as well as one of the lead physicians for UC San Diego intercollegiate athletes and the U.S. and international athletes training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. 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 in 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.

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