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.


AI-Generated Draft Replies Integrated Into Health Records and Physicians' Electronic Communication.
Tai-Seale M, Baxter SL, Vaida F, Walker A, Sitapati AM, Osborne C, Diaz J, Desai N, Webb S, Polston G, Helsten T, Gross E, Thackaberry J, Mandvi A, Lillie D, Li S, Gin G, Achar S, Hofflich H, Sharp C, Millen M, Longhurst CA

Blunt Ocular Trauma in Sport.
Daniel AD, Achar S, Parikh M

Deep-Learning-Aided Evaluation of Spondylolysis Imaged with Ultrashort Echo Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Achar S, Hwang D, Finkenstaedt T, Malis V, Bae WC

Professional Soccer Player with Shortness of Breath: A Case of Hemothorax in Sport.
Doscas ME, Achar S

Clinical Practice Patterns of Isthmic Spondylolysis in Young Athletes: A Survey of Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Members.
Hollabaugh WL, Foley Davelaar CM, McHorse KJ, Achar SA, MacDonald JP, Riederer MF

Soft Tissue Masses: Evaluation and Treatment.
Achar S, Yamanaka J, Oberstar J

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Associations with gender, race, and source of health information.
Sieber WJ, Achar S, Achar J, Dhamija A, Tai-Seale M, Strong D

Back Pain in Children and Adolescents.
Achar S, Yamanaka J

Apophysitis and Osteochondrosis: Common Causes of Pain in Growing Bones.
Achar S, Yamanaka J

Ultrashort Time-to-Echo Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 3 T for the Detection of Spondylolysis in Cadaveric Spines: Comparison With CT.
Finkenstaedt T, Siriwanarangsun P, Achar S, Carl M, Finkenstaedt S, Abeydeera N, Chung CB, Bae WC

An integrated approach to osteoarthritis pain.
Achar S, Merrill S, Kennedy SL

How to reduce your malpractice risk.
Achar S, Wu W

Pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, and safety of prasugrel and clopidogrel.
Achar S

Cardiac and metabolic effects of anabolic-androgenic steroid abuse on lipids, blood pressure, left ventricular dimensions, and rhythm.
Achar S, Rostamian A, Narayan SM

Medical illnesses and injuries encountered during surfing.
Taylor KS, Zoltan TB, Achar SA

Diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome.
Achar SA, Kundu S, Norcross WA

Health issues for surfers.
Zoltan TB, Taylor KS, Achar SA

Principles of office anesthesia: part II. Topical anesthesia.
Kundu S, Achar S

Principles of office anesthesia: part I. Infiltrative anesthesia.
Achar S, Kundu S

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