Dr. David Chao, MD

Dr. David Chao, MD

Sports Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 53
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. David Chao, MD is a sports medicine doctor who practices in San Diego, CA. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 28 years.

5471 Kearny Villa Rd Ste 100

San Diego, CA 92123

Contact Information

(858) 560-4567

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • MultiPlan

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Dr. Chao's Experience

Dr. Chao's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • Sanctions found
  • Board actions found


  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • 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
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Trigger Finger


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  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

2 Sanctions
  • Gross Negligence (1/27/2017)
    Action Taken: Probation
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: California
  • Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence (4/25/2014)
    Action Taken: Probation
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: California
1 Board Action
  • Disciplinary action in another state (8/13/2013)
    Action Taken: License Placed on Inactive Status
    Summary: Chao, David J MD: License # 036086671: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician has been disciplined by the State of California. ACTION TAKEN: The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation has placed the physician’s Illinois license in REFUSE TO RENEW status.
    State: Colorado


  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Northwestern Meml Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Minneapolis Sports Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chao's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chao to family and friends
based on 34 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Chao's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Carlsbad, CA |
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!!
in Ramona, CA |
Dr. Chao was great. His staff was friendly and very helpful. He did a great good on my surgery.
in Murrieta, CA |
He is the best in Orthopedics
in Gold Coast, Australia |
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.
in San Diego, CA |
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!
in Temecula, CA |
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.
in San Diego, CA |
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.
in San diego Ca |
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.
in Murrieta, CA |
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.
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435 H St
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