Dr. James Chao

Dr. James Chao, MD
Dr. James Chao, MD


  • Plastic Surgery

Areas of Expertise

  • Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery of the Hand
8901 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126 US


Dr. James Chao is fellowship-trained in hand and microvascular surgery. He specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, as well as cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and body contour surgery. He is also committed to developing new plastic surgery technologies.

Dr. Chao is a professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UC San Diego.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, 2001

Medical Education

  • New York University School of Medicine, MD, 1993
  • University of Miami School of Medicine, 1990


  • Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Plastic Surgery, 1998
  • New York University/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, 1998
  • New York University Medical Center, General Surgery, 1996


  • New York University/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery of the Hand, 1999
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