Meet Dr. Chow

Albert W. Chow, M.D., is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in San Francisco, renowned for his talent, experience, and dedication. Dr. Chow performs a full range of advanced facial cosmetics techniques including specialized procedures for patients of Asian descent such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and facelift, as well as breast augmentation. He believes in providing his patients with uncompromising care in accordance with the highest standards of safety and professionalism. Dr. Chow's goal is to help his patients look their best through individualized treatment using tested techniques and the most advanced technology.

If you are evaluating plastic surgeons and specifically facial plastic surgeons in San Francisco, we encourage you to request a consultation with Dr. Chow using the online form or call (415) 441-1888 to schedule an appointment.

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Exceptional Credentials

A native of San Francisco, Dr. Chow graduated from Lowell High School and completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated in the top 20% of his medical school class at the University of California, San Francisco. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Chow completed an internship in general surgery at UCSF. He remained there to complete a five-year residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery, focusing on his interest in facial plastic surgery. He was chosen for an American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship position at the University of Cincinnati. Under the guidance of a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon, he performed hundreds of operations and perfected his skills. Dr. Chow proceeded to complete his residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the prestigious University of Louisville Medical Center. While there, he worked directly with one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the field, and with the team of surgeons who performed the first hand transplant in the United States.

Board Certifications

Dr. Chow holds the rare distinction of having earned certification by the following 3 highly respected medical boards:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

This impressive accomplishment demonstrates Dr. Chow's commitment to patient safety and quality results. To achieve this status requires years of specialized training, passing numerous rigorous exams, and ongoing professional development.

Professional Memberships

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  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Fellow
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

"I love how Dr. Chow and the staff were very easy to talk to. They made me feel comfortable and reassured."

— Maria N.

Giving Back

In addition performing plastic surgery for his patients in San Francisco, Dr. Chow is a Clinical Assistant and Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, where he teaches his residents the latest techniques in facial plastic surgery. He was on the written examination committee for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Chow has developed Board examination questions and has been honored to have been invited to give the oral examination to board applicants for several years. Dr. Chow is also involved in a variety of charitable causes, which include traveling around the world to donate his time and surgical services to correct cleft lips and palates on children in developing countries. Most recently, he offered his services to children in China and the Philippines.