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Name: Dr Ian Chao


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) The University of Melbourne 2003
Fellowship of the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) 2013
Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Medicine (Grad Dip Med) Monash University 2014


Dr Ian Chao is a Melbourne based Consultant Anaesthetist. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 2003 and received his Fellowship in Anaesthesia in 2013. During his Final Anaesthesia College exam, he received a Merit Award for outstanding performance, awarded to the top performing trainees throughout Australasia during that year.

Dr Chao has public appointments as a visiting Specialist Anaesthetist at The Austin and Box Hill Hospitals. He is heavily involved in teaching and training of medical and nursing staff, and regularly instructs at multidisciplinary Simulation Training at Eastern Health. He is a qualified instructor for the Australian Resuscitation Council for Advanced Life Support Courses, teaching medical and nursing staff how to resuscitate critically ill patients and those in cardiac arrest. In 2014, Dr Chao further completed a Graduate Diploma in Perioperative Medicine at Monash University. In 2016, Dr Chao was awarded the Robert Bulley Eastern Health Surgical Research Grant for his work with the use of 3D Printing within Anaesthesia Education.

Along with his public work, Dr Chao provides care at several private hospital networks. He performs regular anaesthesia across a range of surgical subspecialties including General Surgery, Bariatrics, Colorectal, Obstetrics and Women’s Health, Urology (incl robotic), Vascular, Orthopaedics, and Major Spinal Surgery. He has special clinical interests in Regional Anaesthesia, Day Surgery and Endoscopy, Obstetric Anaesthesia, complex surgical cases, and management of the critically unwell. He provides regular emergency anaesthesia services at Box Hill Hospital, and Epworth Eastern.

As his patient, you can be confident that Dr Ian will always strive to provide you with the highest in quality patient safety and care, so that you will get the best possible outcome and comfort around the time of your surgery.