Sports Medicine

Chargers Name New Head Team Physician

The San Diego Chargers today announced Tal S. David, MD as the head team physician. Also, Dr. Allison Miner has joined the team as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist. She becomes the first female to hold a full-time position on the team’s athletic training staff.

This is David’s second stint with the Chargers. He was an orthopedist on the team’s medical staff for nine seasons from 2002-10. David is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic and sports medicine surgery. He is certified in both Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. David grew up in Texas and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his residency at the LSU Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics in New Orleans, and his fellowship at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

David is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopic Association of North America. He is a member of the California Orthopaedic Association, the Western Orthopaedic Association, the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and the NFL Team Physician Society. David also serves on the Board of Editors of the peer-reviewed scientific journal, ORTHOPEDICS and he has the distinction of being voted “Top Doctor” in the field of orthopedic surgery by his peers in San Diego Magazine in 2013 and 2014. David authored the textbook, “Arthroscopic Techniques of the Shoulder” and is editor of the Visual Arthroscopy Series on arthroscopic surgery. He has published extensively on topics related to orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and sports injuries.

A native of the San Diego suburb of Vista, Miner worked as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist at San Diego State University from 2005-15 where she worked with the Aztecs’ football team. Miner graduated from SDSU in 2001 with a degree in kinesiology before earning a doctorate of physical therapy in 2004 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. While working at San Diego State, Miner also was a physical therapist for the school’s student health services department.

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