A talented and respected triple board-certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, Albert W. Chow, M.D., believes in sharing his skills with those who are sick, underserved, and underprivileged. He is active in fundraising for organizations in his local community and has donated his services to the needy around the world.
Dr. Chow is on the board of directors of the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF), which was founded by the late Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet, each of whom lost their only sons to AIDS. Through exclusive, luxury fundraising events, REAF provides financial support for Bay Area HIV/AIDS services, food programs such as Meals On Wheels of San Francisco, and local organizations that serve homeless and disenfranchised youth.
Help Is On the Way XXII Gala Event
Dr. Chow served as 1 of 4 gala co-chairs for this August 2016 event, a concert and gala to benefit Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. The legal referral panel provides pro bono and low-cost legal services to help preserve the rights of people with HIV/AIDS. The spectacular event was held in the historic Herbst Theatre and the Green Room, with musical guests from Broadway and pop music stars. The event also raised additional funds through a silent auction.
Grand Opening Fundraiser for REAF
In February 2016, Dr. Chow integrated a REAF fundraiser into the grand opening event for his newly renovated office and surgery center. In addition to presenting a check to the organization for a 2015 holiday fundraising campaign, Dr. Chow held a live auction that generated additional, vital funds for REAF. This event was featured in FSHN Magazine.
Other Local Causes
In September 2015, Dr. Chow attended, supported, and donated to the live auction for a Celebrity Chefs Dinner fundraising event for the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California. This event was hosted by Pacific Heights Wine and Food Festival to raise money for this local nonprofit clinic, school, and community which serves children, adults, and seniors with hearing loss or communication difficulties by providing audiology services, support groups, assistive technology, speech therapy, and education.
Other local causes Dr. Chow supports include his local church and St. Ignatius College Preparatory School.
While Dr. Chow's San Francisco practice takes up the majority of his time, he has donated his plastic and reconstructive surgery services to international nonprofit organizations. He has traveled around the world with groups from Rotary Club of San Francisco to donate his time and surgical services correcting cleft lips and palates of underprivileged children. He travelled to the Philippines in 1999 as part of Operation Hope (see photo) and to China in 2004 with Operation Sunrise.