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Tom Chao, MD

About Dr. Chao

Dr. Tom Chao, is an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in sports medicine – and a background in the classics – who has worked with athletes ranging from college sports to the NFL.

His work has appeared in numerous publications covering such issues as carpal tunnel syndrome and traumatic nerve injury. As a Sports Medicine Fellow in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, he served as assistant team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers and as head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers NCAA Division I men’s basketball, women’s soccer and men’s baseball teams.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the classics, with emphasis on Greek and Latin, from the University of California-Irvine, where he graduated cum laude. He received his medical degree from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine.

He completed his residency in the UC-Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he was administrative chief resident. He also served as a student physician for the UC-San Diego Community Clinic.

Dr. Chao has performed extended research at the Peripheral Nerve Research Laboratory of the Reeve-Irvine Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, and has earned selected grants. He received the 2012 Lloyd Taylor Award at the Western Orthopaedic Association Meeting in Portland, Ore., and the UC-Irvine Resident Research Award for 2015. He was recognized for the Best Scientific Paper at the 2013 meeting of the American Society for the Peripheral Nerve.