James Chao, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand
499 El Camino Real Suite #C-200
Encinitas, CA 92024
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8901 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126
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27699 Jefferson Ave
Suite 201
Temecula, CA 92590
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Facial Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryPlastic SurgeryPlastic 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, 2001

Medical Education

New York University School of Medicine, MD, 1993


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


New York University, Plastic Surgery of the Hand, 1999

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