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).


Educación y Entrenamiento

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

  • American Board of Surgery (ABS)
  • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS)


  • California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (CACS) – 2005 to Present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) – 2003 to Present
  • Fellow, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – 2004 to Present