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Dr. James Chen graduated from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).  After graduating from UCSF in 2011, he immediately started on as faculty on a full time basis, teaching orthodontics in the classroom and in clinic.  Dr. Chen was born in Beijing, China, and his family immigrated to California when he was very young.

Similar to all immigrant families, he struggled early and moved around the greater bay area quite a bit. For the last 23 years, his family has lived in Fremont, but have strong family roots in all areas of the bay area. Dr. Chen received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis (Highest Honors, 2000). After graduating, he was accepted into the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry’s DDS/PhD program in fall of 2001.

He received his Doctor of Dental Sciences from UCSF in 2005 and obtained his PhD in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences in 2011 in combination with a certificate in Orthodontics at UCSF. Dr. Chen’s PhD thesis was focused on scientific questions related to the role of calcium in tooth formation. Dr. Chen joined the faculty in the Division of Orthodontics at UCSF in 2011 directly after finishing my PhD and Orthodontic Training. Shortly after graduation he received his orthodontic board certification from the American Board of Orthodontics in 2012. Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics was the proudest accomplishment in his long academic career because it meant that he could treat patients at the highest standard and care.

Outside of having the best career, he enjoys a large number of outdoor and sporting activities. His biggest passion is golf because it tests the player, both mentally and physically. He also enjoys all types of recreation such as hiking, running marathons and playing basketball. Dr. Chen is devoted to serving the community and volunteering and has been on dental mission trips to Guatemala and Mongolia.