Jerome D. Chao, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Saratoga Hospital. Previously, he served as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Albany Medical Center until June 2010. As chief, Dr. Chao directed the clinical, education and research programs of the division and was responsible for the creation of the full-time division at Albany Medical College in 2006. He was also formerly the Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Saratoga Hospital and holds the current position of Chief at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Chao received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and completed his plastic surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. He was the Robert E. Carroll Fellow in orthopaedic hand surgery at The New York Orthopaedic Hospital of Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Chao is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Although he is trained in all aspects of cosmetic surgery, he is expert in performing post-bariatric body contouring (plastic surgery after massive weight-loss) and abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” procedures. He specializes in "natural" breast augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lift and liposuction including SmartLipo and PrecisionTX. Dr. Chao believes a team approach to care results in the best outcomes, stating, “The patient always comes first. My staff and I are devoted to helping patients improve the way they look and feel, every step of the way. In addition, we concentrate on only a few procedures because we became experts dealing with some of the most complicated cases while at Albany Medical Center. We no longer offer a menu of procedures, only the ones we know best.” A member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Dr. Chao also has expertise hair restoration, utilizing both the "strip" technique and Neograft, or Follicular Unit Extraction. Education -1986-1990:Harvard University; Cambridge, MA -1990-1995:College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University; New York, New York Training -1995-1998:Residency: General Surgery at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University; Chicago Illinois -1999-2002: Residency: Plastic Surgery at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University; Chicago, Illinois -2002-2003: Fellowship: Orthopaedic Hand Surgery– Robert E. Carroll Hand and Microvascular Fellowship at The New York Orthopaedic Hospital of Columbia University Medical Center; New York, New York Teaching -Clinical assistant Professor of Surgery, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York Affiliations -American Board of Plastic Surgery -American College of Surgeons-American Society of Plastic Surgeons -American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons -American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery-American Association for Hand Surgery -International Society for Hair Restoration
A standard of excellence in personalized care enables us to provide the quality cosmetic enhancement services that our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and follow strict standards that ensure your surgery will go smoothly and provide the results you desire.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
As a practice, we are true believers that excellence in performing plastic surgery procedures is derived from both education and experience. We strive to keep current on the latest techniques and standards so we can provide our patients with the safest operations, and the most optimal results.
A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about cosmetic surgery, and how we can make a difference in providing a life changing and emotionally positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your consultation and surgery as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
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
Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Chao's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Congenital Anomalies of Breast
Localized Fat Deposits
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
Breast Surgical Procedure
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Head and Neck Surgery
Lip, Excision or Resection
Skin and Tissue Reduction
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for New York.
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1990
Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons
Medical School | Graduated 1995
Mcgaw Med Center Northwestern University
Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
Mcgaw Med Center Northwestern University
Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
Columbia University Med Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 2017
Media & Publications
Dr. Chao has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Association for Hand Surgery, Member
American Board of Plastic Surgery, Member
American College of Surgeons, Member
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Member
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Member
International Society for Hair Restoration, Member