Dr. James Chao, MD

Dr. James Chao, MD

Plastic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 55
Dr. James Chao, MD is a plastic surgery specialist in Encinitas, CA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from New York University School Of Medicine in 1993 and specializes in plastic surgery.

499 N El Camino Real

Encinitas, CA 92024

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Breast Lift Surgery
very high
more than 90% of peers
Breast Ptosis
more than 81% of peers
Skin and Tissue Reduction
more than 51% of peers

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1  Specialties

  • Plastic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

8  Conditions Treated

  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Skin Cancer

12  Procedures

  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Skin Grafts
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • New York University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • New York University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Nyu/Irps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • New York University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chao has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chao's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chao to family and friends
13 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

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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 (5)

Dr. James Chao and his entire staff are one of the most professional medical offices. He operated on both my hands so that I could continue to have full use of them. I have know him for many years and have trusted his judgement completely as he always has my best interests at heart.
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After I survived breast cancer, Dr. Chao tried and failed THREE TIMES to perform reconstructive surgery. After his third botched attempt, he had to do emergency surgery to remove one of my implants, leaving me with scars, folds, and excruciating pain where my right breast is supposed to be.
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Oasis MD and Dr. James Chao were absolutely amazing. I would recommend him to anyone. My results were fantastic and I can honestly say I feel better in my skin now than I ever have in my life. If I ever need any more plastic surgery, he is who I will call. His staff was also extremely amazing....more
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Dr. Chao is a kind man. Excellent at explaining procedures to patients and family. Very humble man.....introduced himself as Jim! Highly recommend him!
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Dr. Chao is a miracle worker. He is a wonderful surgeon. His bed-side manners are very good as well.
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