Dr. James Chao, MD


Plastic Surgery | Male

499 N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 Get Directions
Dr. James Chao, MD

Dr. James Chao, MD is a plastic surgery doctor who practices in Encinitas, CA. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 24 years. Dr. Chao is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido and UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest.

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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Oceanside, CA |
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.
San Diego, CA |
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.
Murrieta, CA |
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. Everyone was helpful, professional, took the time to answer my questions and concerns and always there when I need them.
in Minnesota |
Dr. Chao is a kind man. Excellent at explaining procedures to patients and family. Very humble man.....introduced himself as Jim! Highly recommend him!
in Encinitas, CA |
Dr. Chao is a miracle worker. He is a wonderful surgeon. His bed-side manners are very good as well.
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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 Plastic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Plastic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Plastic Surgery

Conditions Treated

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


  • Medical School
    New York University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1993

  • Residency Hospital
    New York University

    Completed in 1996


    Completed in 1998

  • Fellowship Hospital
    New York University

    Completed in 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

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  • Plastic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Wound Repair