About Dr. Chao

Dr. Chao Hair Transplant Surgeon - San Diego

After his residency, Dr. Chao specialized in general surgery and became the Chief Resident, General Surgery at The St. Mary’s Hospital – Yale Univeristy School of Medicine. After that, Dr. Chao decided to focus his efforts on plastic and cosmetic surgery attending a Plastic Surgery Residency at The University of Texas at San Antonio, TX and then a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.


Due to his unique skills and experience in general surgery and plastic and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Chao found a natural fit with hair transplant surgery and decided to focus 100% of his time in this area.


After an initial hair transplantation fellowship, Dr. Chao studied advanced hair transplantation techniques at a renowned clinic in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Chao is also a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration (ISHRS).


Education and Training

Dr. Chao’s experience in the field of hair transplant surgery evolved naturally from his extensive training in general surgery and cosmetic and plastic surgery.


  • The University of California Berkeley – BA (1991)
  • New York Medical College – M.D. (1996)
  • Yale University School of Medicine – The St. Mary’s Hospital (1996 – 2002)
    • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    • General Surgery Residency 
    • Chief Resident, General Surgery 
  • Plastic Surgery Residency (2002 – 2003)
    • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship (2003 – 2004)
    • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Hair Transplantation Fellowship (2004 – 2005)
    • International Society of Hair Restoration (ISHRS)
    • Medical Hair Restoration (MHR)
    • Beverly Hills, CA
  • Staff Hair Transplant Surgeon (2005 – 2006)
    • Medical Hair Restoration, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Cosmetic and Hair Transplant Surgeon (2006 – Present)

Board Certifications