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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (20)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. James Chao is Average. Dr. Chao has been reviewed by 39 patients who have provided 20 comments. The rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 3.5
Promptness 3.2
Courteous Staff 3.0
Accurate Diagnosis 3.5
Bedside Manner 3.4
Spends Time with Me 3.4
Follows Up After Visit 3.2

Specialties & Research

Dr. James Chao, FACS, MD is board certified in Plastic Surgery.

  • He has special expertise in 2 areas:
  • Microsurgery
  • Plastic Surgery (Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery)

Education & Awards

Dr. Chao graduated from New York University. He has 1 awards.

Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ (2012 - 2013)


Dr. Chao has 16 hospital affiliations:

  • Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego 
  • UC San Diego Health System 


  • English
  • Chinese
  • Spanish

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Additional Information
Dr. James J Chao FACS and MD is a male Plastic Surgeon, has 18 years of experience and practices in Plastic Surgery.
Where does Dr. James J. Chao practice?
Dr. James Chao has 3 office locations.
Dr. James Chao practices Plastic Surgery near San Diego, CA.
Additional practice locations include: Murrieta, CA and Encinitas, CA.
See San Diego Plastic Surgeons.