Dr. David Chao, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 57

Dr. Chao
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Oasis MD Inc

8901 Activity Rd San Diego, CA 92126

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Dr. David Chao, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in San Diego, CA and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Northwestern U, School of Medicine medical school in 1989. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Chao to book an appointment.

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Based on 39 ratings

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I have been going to dr Chao for Eight months for my hip and lower back... he is amazing... straight to the point... knows your needs ... very intelligent to injuries... dr Chao is the best and so glad to say he is my doctor
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Renee Shadley – Oct 08, 2019
Dr. Chao did surgery on my right shoulder about 6 years ago and recently did rotator cuff repair surgery in Dec 2018. Him and the staff at Oasis MD in Temecula have been awesome. For the 2 surgeries, I did not have any issues post surgery and are feeling great...haven't felt this great in many years. The staff at Oasis MD always have a smile, always are helpful, and always are there to answer any and all questions. Go no where else.
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Howie in Temecula, CA – Jun 19, 2019
Dr. Chao did my shoulder Rotator cuff 3 years ago and it went great. I was back playing golf in 90 days and it has been perfect since. Then 3 months ago he did my right knee. Again just 2 months later I was out playing golf again with no pain. I highly recommend Dr. Chao.
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May 21, 2019
I am so grateful to have found such a professional cutting edge doctor. I had so far one surgery on my left knee 6 months ago (it is perfect) and now had a prp procedure on my right hip. He did his part now I have to do my part. I guess if I don’t Rest it as he recommends I can blame him if it doesn’t work? Lol
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James in CA – Aug 18, 2018
Great care and advice from start to finish. A true professional and specialist in sports medicine!!
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Jul 15, 2018
Game Changer! My knee was in pretty bad shape when I was referred to Dr. Chao. Played college and professional football and already had 3 surgeries. I thought for sure knee replacement was my next step. Dr. Chao did his thing. Operated then aggressive treatment and rehab. I am back to playing basketball once a week, golfing, sleeping and driving with no pain and managing my knee to get a few more years out of it. Thanks Dr. Chao!!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Donnie Dee in Carlsbad, CA – Sep 09, 2017
Dr. Chao was great. His staff was friendly and very helpful. He did a great good on my surgery.
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nicole in Ramona, CA – Jul 27, 2017
He is the best in Orthopedics
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Michael L Nichols in Murrieta, CA – Jun 01, 2017
I shattered my right elbow in a road accident in San Diego with several unique circumstances. I was referred to Dr David Chao. He is without a doubt an extraordinary physician. He is also extremely humble, considerate and the most genuine of gentleman. His staff reflect his values. If you are unfortunate enough to require complicated arthroscopic surgery I would recommend you call Dr. Chao.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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John lane in Gold Coast, Australia – Apr 12, 2017
I recently was injured, breaking my ankle & tearing my meniscus. Doc Chao made time to see me immediately, and scheduled arthroscopic meniscus repair (no ankle surgery required). I must say I was very worried about being under anesthesia for knee surgery, while also having a freshly broken ankle. I'm ecstatic to report that surgery was a success, recovery was very quick, & I'm 100% again. Dr Chao was confident in his ability to get me back to my old activity levels quickly, & he outdid himself!
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Gordon Nall in San Diego, CA – Feb 24, 2017
I felt very comfortable talking to him and his staff. I had knee surgery at the outpatient facility and everyone was professional. He told me how long it would take to heal and what I should expect.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Janet G in Temecula, CA – Jan 28, 2017
I would 100% recommend this Ortho surgeon to ANYONE with a sports related injury. I tore my ACL, MCL, meniscus playing soccer & I found/called Dr. Chao right away. Two weeks post injury I had surgery - ACL/MCL replacement & Meniscus repair. I am now 3 weeks post surgery & doing GREAT. I was walking within the first day of surgery (in pain, but walking) and I'm way ahead in physical therapy. Scars are MINIMAL and swelling is way down, as he drained fluid at my 1st appt! Also, staff is superb.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Breah Sanders in San Diego, CA – May 19, 2016
Dr Chao performed Acl surgery on my knee. I believe noone could have done a better job. The pain was constant, never ending. My activities were limited, i gained weight, i was not happy. A big part was i couldnt do all the things i love. It emotionally damages you when you dont feel productive. Soul zapping. Two months after the surgery, im back running. Losing weight rehabbing my knee the pain is gone now. Im working on my mobility and overall strength. Most of all i now have hope. I am HAPPY.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Todd Sherman in San diego Ca – Apr 01, 2016
My total experience with Dr. Chao was very positive. He conducted my office visits & performed my knee surgery. I felt confident throughout the entire process. I would definitely recommend him and the Oasis Surgery Center.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ella Long in Murrieta, CA – Mar 24, 2016

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Biography

Dr. David Chao, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in San Diego, CA and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Northwestern...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

1995
Minneapolis Sports Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
1994
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Residency Hospital
1989
Northwestern U, School of Medicine
Medical School

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What are Dr. David Chao, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Chao frequently treats Limb Pain, Osteoarthritis, and Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Chao treats.

Where is Dr. David Chao, MD's office located?

Dr. Chao's office is located at 8901 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA 92126. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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1 disciplinary action Found
  • Gross Negligence (1/27/2017)View details
No malpractice claims found for California
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Chao's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Limb Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chao treats Limb Pain more than 89% of his peers

Dr. Chao treats this condition more than 89% of his peers

Osteoarthritis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chao treats Osteoarthritis more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Chao treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chao treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear) more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Chao treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Chao's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Wrist Fracture

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Dr. Chao accepts the following insurance:

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Locations

Oasis MD Inc

OasisMD8901 Activity Rd San Diego, CA 92126
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Practice

Mark C. Nelson MD Inc.5471 Kearny Villa Rd Ste 200 San Diego, CA 92123
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