David Chao, MD — known digitally as ProFootballDoc — is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
Dr. Chao attended Harvard University and then received his medical degree from the Northwestern University School of Medicine at Chicago. He is known for providing cutting-edge orthopaedic care, especially in the sports medicine arena, has lectured nationally and holds patents on innovative orthopaedic products.
In addition to the Chargers, he had previously served professional teams in Minnesota with the Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves as well as in Chicago, working with the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls.
His credentials also include work as the Chief Medical Officer for ESPN’s X Games at over two dozen summer and winter games and has spent over a decade as Team Physician for the Olympic and USA Sevens Rugby Team.