Professional Statement

Dr. Kao was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Seattle, Washington when he was eleven years old. He knew he wanted to be a doctor at the age of six and started volunteering at Harborview Trauma Center in Seattle while he was in college. During that time, he saw his first operation and decided he wanted to be a surgeon. In medical school, his mentor was a plastic surgeon, and he saw the beauty his mentor was able to create with his hands. This inspired Dr. Kao to become a plastic surgeon as well. After graduating from medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Kao completed a five-year General Surgery program at the University of Washington and received his board certification by the American Board of Surgery in 1997. He quickly developed an interest in surgical endoscopy (minimally invasive surgery through the use of a small camera scope). Dr. Kao became a clinical professor at the University’s Center for Video Endoscopic Surgery and taught residents and fellow surgeons this technique. He then completed a three-year plastic surgery program at the University of Southern California. Dr. Kao continues to expand his interest in Endoscopic Surgery to facial plastic surgery. He has taught other surgeons these specialized techniques at the Endoscopic Plastic Surgery Educational Seminar in Los Angeles, California.


16 years


English, Gan Chinese




KAO Plastic Surgery1301 20th StreetSanta Monica, CA 90404


  • Cosmetic Surgery

Areas (8)

  • Body
  • Breasts
  • Chin
  • Face
  • Lower Eyelid
  • Neck
  • Nose
  • Upper Eyelid

Education & Affiliations

Education & Training

  • Fellowships

    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Chang Gung Memorial Hospital - Taipei, Taiwan


  • Residency


    University of Washington Department of Surgery - Seattle

  • Undergraduate School

    University of Washington-Seattle Campus, School of Medicine

  • Graduate School

    University of Washington-Seattle Campus, School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - General

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital
  • Providence Saint John's Health Center
  • Twentieth Street Surgery Center

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