Dr. James Chao

Dr. James Chao

Welcoming new patients


  • Hand Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery (Board Certified)

Advanced Degree

  • Medical Doctor (MD)

The Sharp Experience

I deliver highly innovative medical technology and services to promote overall wellness.



I provide my patients with highly innovative medical care and services to promote overall wellness, beauty and performance. My specialties are in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the hand and upper extremity and body contour surgery. I attend to injuries as the plastic and hand surgeon for the San Diego Chargers and the ESPN X Games.

When I am not working, I enjoy time with my twin boys.

Biographical Details

Age: 53
In practice since: 1999
Gender: Male

Additional Languages Spoken

  • Chinese


  • Medical School: New York University
  • Internship: New York University
  • Residency: New York University
  • Fellowship: New York University

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Treatments & Conditions

  • Biopsy
  • Blepharoplasty
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Implant Removal
  • Breast Implant Revision
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Burn Treatment
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chemical Peel
  • Cleft Palate/Lip Repair
  • Cosmetic Procedures/Surgeries
  • Dermabrasion
  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Injectable Dermal Fillers
  • Labiaplasty
  • Laser Peel
  • Laser Surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Nerve Repair
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Practice Features

  • Free Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

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    8901 Activity Road
    San Diego, CA 92126
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    499 N. El Camino Real, Suite C-200
    Encinitas, CA 92024

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