Weill Cornell Medical College
New York Presbyterian Hospital - General Surgery and Plastic Surgery
Children's National Medical Center - Craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery
Clinical / Research Interests
Gender affirming surgery
Reconstructive surgery of the skull and facial bones (craniomaxillofacial surgery)

Dr. Jerry Chao is Assistant Professor of Surgery at The George Washington University, and is board-certified in plastic surgery. Dr. Chao graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after which he obtained his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He then completed a combined residency in general surgery and plastic surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery. He currently performs surgery at The George Washington University Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

Dr. Chao has a special interest in reconstruction and aesthetic contouring of the craniomaxillofacial region. His other areas of expertise are transgender/gender affirming surgery, cleft lip and palate, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and body contouring. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals and lectured nationally. Dr. Chao is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

A full list of Dr. Chao's interests include:


  • Cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery
  • Facial feminization surgery (FFS)
  • Facial trauma and fractures
  • Craniomaxillofacial reconstruction
  • Orthognathic surgery / Maxillomandibular advancement for sleep apnea
  • Cleft lip and Palate
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Cranioplasty

Breast and Body


  • Skin cancer removal
  • Reconstruction after Moh’s surgery
  • Skin lesions and cysts


Click on the Play button below to listen to Dr. Jerry Chao's GW Healthcast podcast, Transgender Medicine: Gender Affirmation and Facial Feminization Surgery