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James J.L. Chao, MD

Plastic Surgery

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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Dr. Chao has been the recipient of numerous prestigious state and national research awards. He holds multiple research grants and patents with a number of bio-tech companies in the development of novel devices for plastic and hand surgery. Dr. Chao also provides his services free of charge for many disadvantaged children by volunteering during the weekends at the Fresh Start Organization in San Diego. Dr. Chao holds an academic position at the Division of Plastic Surgery, University of California at San Diego. His ultimate goal is to pioneer new technologies for plastic surgery patients to minimize scarring and reduce downtime.

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Languages Spoken
  • › English
  • › Chinese
Board Certifications
  • › American Board of Plastic Surgery
Hospital Affiliations
  • › University of Miami School of Medicine - MD and PhD
  • › New York University School of Medicine - MS - Microbiology - MD
  • › NYU Medical Center, Department of Surgery - General Surgery Residency
  • › NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center - Plastic Surgery Residency
  • › Manhattan Eye Ear Throat Hospital - Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery
  • › NYU Medical Center - Hand Surgery Fellowship
Memberships & Associations
  • › Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • › American College of Surgeons
  • › American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • › 1980-1984 Heritage Fund Scholarship, Stanford University
  • › 1989 Iron Arrow Award, University of Miami
  • › 1997 1st Place Resident's Research Award, New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgery
  • › 2000 UTSW Plastic Surgery Education Award
  • › 2008 Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Health Hero Award
Associated Doctors
Steven L.W. Chen, MD
Surgical Oncology
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8901 Activity Road
|Ste. C-200
San Diego, CA, 92126

Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Arizona Foundation
  • Beech Street
  • Beech Street (Workers' Comp)
  • CorVel (Workers' Comp)
  • Coventry / First Health
  • Coventry / First Health (Workers' Comp)
  • Focus Healthcare
  • Fortified Provider Network
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Great-West Healthcare
  • Health Management Network, Inc.
  • Humana ChoiceCare
  • Interplan / HealthSmart
  • Interplan / HealthSmart (Workers' Comp)
  • MultiPlan
  • MultiPlan (Workers' Comp)
  • Pacific Foundation SISC (Workers' Comp)
  • Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
  • Pacific Health Alliance
  • Prime Health Services
  • Prime Health Services (Workers' Comp)
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • Scripps Employee Medical Plan
  • St. Paul's Eldercare
  • Three Rivers
  • Three Rivers (Workers' Comp)
  • USA MCO (Workers' Comp)

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