Dr. Chong Alongside the Beach

Lavinia K. Chong, M.D., F.A.C.S

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 late father, Dr. J. Kenneth Chong, M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S. Stepping into the practice he established in 1973, Dr. Lavinia Chong has proudly continued to build on his legacy by serving her Orange County community for over 20 years.

As a Newport Beach “local”, Dr. Lavinia Chong graduated from Corona del Mar High School. 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. Subsequently she completed General Surgery residency at University of California, San Diego Medical Center (1993) and Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (1996). During her residency, 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. Lavinia 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 became certified as a Diplomat of 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.

Since 1997 female plastic surgeon, Dr. Lavinia Chong has served as a member of the Orange County Medical Association Ethics Committee. From 2003-2005, she presided as Chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery and was elected to the Hoag Leadership Elite in 2006.

Dr. Chong’s family remains firmly entrenched in Newport Beach. In her downtime she enjoys yoga, as she has found that yoga relates to her practice philosophy: the best physical outcomes occur when the individual is intellectually robust and emotionally healthy. Her other great passions include music and traveling with her husband and two children.

Family Photo of Dr. Chong with her husband, Daughter & Son


The Medical Board of California
Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery
Advanced Cardiac Lifesaving (ACLS)
Accredited with the Institute for Medical Quality

American Society of Plastic Surgery
Active Member of Staff, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
American College of Surgeons
Orange County Medical Association
Fellow American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Singleton Surgical Society
Blocker-Lewis Plastic Surgery Society

Honors and Awards:
Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, 2003
Orange County Medical Association Ethics Committee
Hoag Leadership Elite
The Leading Physicians of the World Award, 2015
19th Annual OC Register Best Cosmetic Surgeon Award by California Legislature Assembly
Patients’ Choice Award Winner 2008, 2009, 2012
The Best of Orange County 2010, 2011
Top Doctors Los Angeles 2013 Best Physicians Award
Featured in Locale Magazine Orange County’s Finest Plastic Surgeons: Favorite Plastic Surgeons of Newport Beach (2016/2017)