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SSTAR Founder and President

Dr. Lilian Chen - DPT, OCS, CLT, MS, CPI, TPI CGFI-MP2

Dr. Chen is a distinguished speaker, educator and clinician who is internationally recognized for her pioneering work with elite, Olympic-level athletes, celebrities and in Women's/Maternal Health.



Lilian Chen earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003 and then began a dual role as a full-time physical therapist at USC University Hospital/Norris Cancer Hospital and a program coordinator for international sports rehabilitation internships at USC’s clinical facility.  In 2008, she earned her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification.



In 2006, Lilian joined Fortanasce & Associates, where she provided rehabilitation education, evaluation, and prevention of athletic injuries to athletes from Major League Baseball, National Football League, United States Figure Skating, United States Olympic Committee and, since 2006, the athletes, coaches, and team physicians of China’s National Training Center in Beijing.  Of these targeted groups, Lilian currently holds the primary position as the Program Director for Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation/Performance optimization for the Chinese National Training Center. 



Lilian is currently a part of USC’s clinical faculty charged with developing joint clinical education program between USC and China and she helped to set up the USC-Intech (China) international clinical program, which is the first international clinical internship site for USC overseas.  Further, Lilian is the leading Chinese translator and coordinator for the Clinical Practice Guidelines of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) which is now is published in the Chinese Journal of Sports Medicine.



Lilian's experience and professional activity now extends beyond her SSTAR Physical Therapy practice, however.  She was a rehabilitation consultant to the Chinese Olympic Committee for the 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and a Chinese speed skating team consultant for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  For 2020 Tokyo (postponed to 2021), she will continue her role with the Chinese Olympic Committee at the Summer Olympics scheduled for Tokyo, Japan.  



From 2006-2008, Lilian was a primary lecturer, interpreter, and translator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certification Commission on sports-specific rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and fitness training and, later, she served a similar advisory role for Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc. as it began to expand into China in 2009.  

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