The Daly Orthodontists’ team focuses on trust and comfort during your orthodontic experience. Dr. Chen and his staff of doctors and dental hygienists thoughtfully guide you through a program customized for you and your unique smile.
Dr. James Chen DDS, PhD, MPH
The Early Journey
Dr. James Chen was born in Beijing, China and his family immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s looking for a better life. After moving around the bay area his family settled in Fremont. Dr. Chen received his Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors from University of California at Davis. After graduation Dr. Chen worked as a research associate at Stanford University focusing on cancer research. He carried his academic career at University of California at San Francisco for both dental school and his PhD.
As Dr. Chen matriculated through his dual degree at UCSF, he realized his passion for orthodontics. Towards the end of his PhD studies, he started his residency at UCSF Orthodontic Residency. Dr. Chen obtained his dental degree in 2005, and PhD/Orthodontic Certificate in 2011.
Vocation to Practice
Upon graduation he stayed at his alma mater as faculty working on different research projects focusing on access to orthodontic care for children in the bay area. While working on his research interests, he became The Daly Orthodontist in Daly City. At his office Dr. Chen is committed to providing the highest level of orthodontic care to both children and adults. He is extremely dedicated to orthodontic excellence; he is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is currently an affiliate member of The Angle Society of Orthodontics (Northern California Component). In addition to clinical activities here in Daly City, Dr. Chen also works with craniofacial patients at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland.
Commitment and Community
In addition to his dedication to orthodontics he is equally committed to helping improve the overall oral health of his communities. He went back to school to receive a fellowship in clinical research and Master’s in Public Health. He uses this combination to develop local research and community projects to improve access to orthodontic care. He is also a full-time faculty member at the University of Pacific Orthodontic program.
Time Well Spent
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family (wife and son), playing golf, and running. He has and continue to be involved in dental mission trips to countries that critically need dental care (Mongolia, Cambodia, Guatemala).