David Chong grew up in Perth attending medical school at University of Western Australia. After being awarded intern of the year at Royal Perth Hospital, David set his heart on Plastic Surgery as his chosen specialty, being particularly passionate about being able to make a difference in children born with facial deformities.
After leaving Australia in 2005, he spent a year in Dallas with Ken Salyer and then two years at Sick Kids in Toronto with David Fisher, Chris Forrest and John Phillips to refine his experience in cleft and craniofacial surgery. He was then awarded a travelling scholarship by the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons for promising young surgeons which he used to visit centres of academic prominence to explore the best approaches to facial surgery.
He was then recruited to a position at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne where he continues to practice. His subspecialty passion is Cleft Lip and Palate surgery. He has authored several book chapters and articles regarding craniofacial and cleft surgery.
David is currently the President of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association. He also runs a busy private practice where his interests include aesthetic surgery of the face, in particular rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery.
David has a heart for volunteerism and dedicates three months a year to work with Mercy Ships and Operation Smile. He has been a part of over 30 missions, in excess of 20 countries, in pursuit of helping those who have little access to health care. He is particularly motivated by local empowerment.