Born in London, England, Dr. Lavinia Chong has enjoyed life as a Newport Beach resident since 1972. She is a second generation plastic surgeon who was mentored by her father, Dr. J. Kenneth Chong, M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S. Dr. Kenneth Chong launched his own practice right here at our current location in 1973.
After completing her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, she went on to earn her M.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1988. From 1988-1993, she completed her General Surgery residency at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. During her Plastic Surgery residency, at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, she took externships at M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, Texas in microvascular surgery, and with Dr. Tom Baker, M.D., Miami, Florida, in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Chong returned to Newport Beach to practice with her father in 1996, and joined the Medical Staff of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. In 2000, she was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and later that year, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Chong has served as a member of the Orange County Medical Association Ethics Committee since 1997. From 2003-2005, she presided as Chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery and was elected to the Hoag Leadership Elite in 2006.