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Dr. Cliff Tao

Cliff Tao, DC, DACBR

Dr. Cliff Tao is a chiropractic radiologist based in Orange County, California. Dr. Tao specializes in the professional interpretation of spine and musculoskeletal imaging with plain film, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and computed tomography (CT).

Dr. Tao reads diagnostic imaging studies for a variety of doctors including chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, and medical physicians. His highly-detailed reports are provided within 24 hours, with stat reports available usually within 30 minutes. Although also trained to read imaging of other parts of the body, Dr. Tao is more focused on the spine and musculoskeletal regions. Dr. Tao also provides second opinion interpretations.


PROFESSIONAL LICENSE / CERTIFICATION

California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
License # 27648

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Chiropractic Physician License # 038010661

South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners
License # 4254

Diplomate, American Chiropractic Board of Radiology
Board Certification # 0279


WORK EXPERIENCE

Jun 04 to present ~ Chiropractic Radiologist, Private Practice, Irvine, CA * Diagnostic imaging interpretation and expert review of musculoskeletal and spine studies

July 07 to present ~ Expert Consultant, California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Sacramento, CA * Disciplinary case review

Dec 15 to present ~ Postgraduate Faculty, National University of Health Sciences, Illinois, IL * Distance learning teaching in diagnostic imaging

Jan 04 to Dec 13 ~ Assistant Professor of Radiology, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA * Chiropractic radiology resident instructor * Lead and/or assist in various courses and administer clinical requirements in radiology * Provide substitute supervising clinician coverage in all clinical rotations

Jan 04 to Feb 10 ~ Chiropractic Radiologist, Hoyt Radiology, Murietta, CA * Interpretation in high-volume musculoskeletal and spine imaging practice * Generate primary and second opinion interpretation reports


EDUCATION

Jan 04 to June 04 ~ University of California - Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA * Research Fellow in Musculoskeletal and Spine Imaging

Sept 00 to Dec 03 ~ Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA * Resident in Chiropractic Radiology

May 97 to Aug 00 ~ National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL * Doctor of Chiropractic


CONTINUING EDUCATION

Mar 2020 ~ Imaging of COVID-19 Webinar, Online Webinar

Feb 2020 ~ American Society of Spine Radiology Annual Symposium, Dana Point, California

June 2018 ~ Toronto Orthopaedic MRI Mastery Conference, Toronto, Canada

June 2018 ~ Toronto Neuro MRI Mastery Conference, 7oronto, Canada

Feb 2017 ~ American Society of Spine Radiology Annual Symposium, San Diego, CA

Oct 2015 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Workshop, Chicago, IL

May 2015 ~ Radiopaedia.org Emergency Radiology Course, Online Video

Apr 2014 ~ American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, Orlando, FL

Apr 2014 ~ Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium, Orlando, FL

Oct 2013 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Workshop, St Louis, MO

Jun 2013 ~ Musculoskeletal Imaging in Clinical Practice, Las Vegas, NV

Oct 2012 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Workshop, Dallas, TX

Oct 2012 ~ Primary Spine Care: Pathways to Success, Brea, CA

Apr 2012 ~ Pri-Med Primary Medicine Conference, Anaheim, CA

Apr 2012 ~ American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, San Diego, CA

Apr 2012 ~ ACA Council on Diagnostic Imaging, Phoenix, AZ

Oct 2011 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Workshop, Minneapolis, MN

Sept 2010 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Workshop, St. Louis, MO


PUBLICATIONS

Tao C. Editorial Review: Dewan, AK et al. MRI of the elbow: Techniques and spectrum of disease. Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 14(2): 38-39, 2017.

Tao C. Radiology Corner: 41 year old female with medial foot pain. Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 13(2): 52-55, 2016.

Tao C. Radiology Corner: 59 year old male with thoracolumbar pain and tenderness following trauma. Journal of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 12(1): 23- 25, 2015.

Tao C. Radiology Corner: 52 year old male with axial neck pain and headaches. Journal of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 11(4): 29-31, 2014.

Tao C. Case Presentation - 16 year old female with back pain. Journal of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 11(3): 26-27, 2014.

Watkins CT, Tao C, Yochum TR. Renal cell carcinoma in a 44-year-old man: an etiology for low back pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 32(7): 597-600, 2009.

Tao C. Case contributor to: Tehranzadeh J. Musculoskeletal Imaging Cases, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Zhang R, Tao C, Yochum TR. Use of percutaneous vertebroplasty for intractable back pain associated with compression fracture in an 80-year-old female. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 31:319-22, 2008.

Tao C. Imaging in the evaluation of pain. Journal of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 28(2):18-21, 2008.

Tao C. JACCO radiological case: Paget’s disease. Journal of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 28(2):22, 2008.

Tao C. JACCO radiological case: Uterine leiomyoma. Journal of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, 28(1):4-5, 2008.

Tehranzadeh J, Tao C, Browning CA. Percutaneous needle biopsy of the spine. Acta Radiologica, 48:860-868, 2007.

Tao C, Tehranzadeh J. MR imaging of vertebral collapse. Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology, 29(14):1-6, 2006.

Tao C, Tehranzadeh J. MR imaging of vertebral compression fractures. (Poster). RSNA 91% Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, 2005.

Browning CA, Tehranzadeh J, Tao C. Percutaneous spine biopsy: a review of the literature. (Poster) Los Angeles Radiological Society Mid-Winter Conference, 2005.

Tehranzadeh J, Tao C. Advances in MR imaging of vertebral collapse. Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI, 25(6):440-60, 2004.

Tao C, Watkins CT. Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder with osseous destruction. American Chiropractic College of Radiology Exchange Case, 2003.


PRESENTATIONS

Oct 06 to present ~ International Chiropractic Association of California, various locations, California * Radiographic Technique and Common Lumbar Spine Disorders

June 07 to present ~ California Chiropractic Association, various locations, California * Imaging of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis * Imaging of the Cervical Spine and Extremities

Mar 08 to present ~ California Jam, Costa Mesa, California * Radiology for the Chiropractor

Mar 12 to present ~ Mammoth Chiropractic Ski Conference, Mammoth Lakes, California * Radiology Update for the Chiropractor

Apr 18 ~ American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists Annual Convention, Carlsbad, California

* Radiology Review for Chiropractic Orthopedists Sept 16, April 18 ~ Sports and Rehab Symposium, Anaheim, California * Imaging of Sports Injuries

Sept 17 ~ ChiroFEST, Vancouver, Washington * Radiology Review

Oct 15 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Symposium & Workshop, Chicago, Illinois * Cone-Beam CT: Initial Impressions

Apr 14 ~ American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida * Diagnostic Imaging: Review and Update

Apr 14 ~ Annual Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium, Orlando, Florida * MRI of Athlete: What You Need to Know

Nov 13 ~ X-ray Technician Education Conference, Buena Park, California * Chiropractic Radiography

Oct 13 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Symposium & Workshop, Sé Louis, Missouri * Moderator of the “Challenge of the Unknown”

June 13 ~ National University of Health Sciences Homecoming, Lombard, IL * Radiographic Technique and Imaging Cases with MRI

July 13 ~ Faculdade da Serra Gaticha, Caxias do Sul, Brazil * Orthopedic Radiology Review

Oct 12 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Workshop, Dallas, TX * Panelist of the “Challenge of the Unknown”

Apr 12 ~ American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists Annual Convention, San Diego, California * Imaging of the Lumbar Spine * Imaging of the Knee

Feb 11 ~ Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Ottawa, Canada * Imaging of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis * Imaging of the Cervical Spine and Extremities

Jan 07 to Sept 09 ~ Karl Parker Seminars, Las Vegas, Nevada *« Musculoskeletal Radiology: What Every Chiropractor Needs to Know

May 09 ~ American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX * Imaging of Spinal Implants * Imaging of Vertebroplasty

Oct 06 ~ American Chiropractic College of Radiology Symposium & Workshop, Atlanta, Georgia * Imaging of Percutaneous Needle Biopsy of the Spine

June 06 ~ American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists Annual Convention, Maui, Hawaii * Imaging of Bone and Joint Trauma * Radiological Differential Diagnosis of Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders


VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Internet, Jan 10 to present

Peer Reviewer, Acta Radiologica, Internet, Aug 08 to present

Editorial Reviewer, Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, Internet, Aug 05 to present

Board Member, California Chiropractic Association - Orange County District, Orange County, CA, July 04 to present

Chiropractic Member, Radiologic Technology Certification Committee, Sacramento, CA, Jan 09 to Dec 16

Radiology Instructor, UCI Department of Radiological Sciences, Orange, CA, Mar 04 to June 11

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Chiropractic Education, Internet, Jan 04 to Jan 05

Subject Matter Expert, California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Sacramento, CA, Aug 03 to Feb 04


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, Faculty Member, Mar 99 to present NUHS Alumni Association, Alumnus Member, Aug 00 to present

California Chiropractic Association, Member, Aug 03 to present

International Chiropractors Association of California, Educational Member, Mar 08 to present

SCU Alumni Association, Alumnus Member, Mar 08 to present American Chiropractic College of Radiology, Fellow, Sept 08 to present

American Chiropractic Association Council on Diagnostic Imaging, Member, May 09 to present

American Chiropractic Association, Faculty Member, Dec 10 to present

World Federation of Chiropractic, Member, May 14 to present


AWARDS

Thomas N. Truax Award, California Chiropractic Association, 2017

Presidential Award, California Chiropractic Association, 2010 and 2016