Dr. Jane Chung

Jul 20, 2020 / Sports Medicine

Get to Know our Staff: Jane S. Chung, M.D.

Where did you go to college? Medical school? 
College: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: St. George’s School of Medicine 
 
What is your role on the sports medicine team? How does your role overlap or differ from an orthopedic surgeon?  
I am a non-operative pediatric sports medicine physician. I treat sports injuries that do not require surgery. 

Why did you want to become a doctor? Have you always wanted to work in pediatrics?
The seed was planted during mission's week in my fourth grade Sunday school class, when a missionary pediatrician from Burkina Faso shared her story and work. In college, I traveled to Nairobi, Kenya on a medical mission trip with my church and worked at a hospital helping young children, which solidified my passion for working with kids and the field of medicine.
 
Is there anything you want parents/kids to know about sports safety or returning to sports during/after COVID?
As with any return to play or return to sport following a prolonged period of rest and inactivity, it is important to take a slow and gradual approach to safely re-introduce the body back to activity.
 
What led you to Scottish Rite for Children? 
I’ve worked at Scottish Rite for about four and half years now. The people and values of the institution are what led me here. The well-being of patients and families always come first. It is amazing to work with a like-minded team that also shares a similar passion to advance pediatric orthopedic medicine through research.
 
What are your specialties?  How do you help your patients feel comfortable and confident? 
My belief is to treat the whole child, not just their physical injuries. It is important to also treat their emotional and mental well-being and health.
 
What is your favorite part of your job?
Working with young athletes to help them get back to their sport. 
 
What was your first job?
Working at a local surf shop in California. 
 
Tell us something that might surprise us about you:
I don’t cook, but my husband enjoys cooking, so it works out well!
 
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Spending time outdoors with my husband and our rescue dog. My husband and I also enjoy traveling the world and finding new spots to surf.

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