James Chao, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand
James Chao, MD
Accepts new patients
Treats adults


8901 Activity Rd
San Diego, CA 92126
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499 N El Camino Real c200
Encinitas, CA 92024
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27699 Jefferson Ave
Suite 201
Temecula, CA 92590
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  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery of the Hand


  • Chinese
  • English


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 former professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UC San Diego from 2004-2012.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, 2001

Medical Education

  • New York University School of Medicine, MD, 1993


  • New York University, Plastic Surgery, 1998
  • New York University Medical Center, General Surgery, 1996


  • New York University, Plastic Surgery of the Hand, 1999

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