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February 28, 2020
*Dr. Kao was very knowledgeable & informative.
February 14, 2020
*Dr. Kao & his assistant were helping me beyond my expectation. They worked together as a team discussing various indications about what was actully going on - They discussed my neuropathy and potential for nerves affected at the forearm and elbow - Then went on to discuss the scaring disease I had in one hand - I was unaware that it was a disease. They jointly worked to educate me and enhance my awareness of future treatable development of this disease. How to identify it, where to go on the Internet to research it and solutions that help manage the condition as it worsens. *Dr. Kao discussed the impact of increased arthritis in my thumb joint and available braces to support it. It was an exceptional meeting - I learned so much I simply hadn't known before.
January 30, 2020
I've no idea right now, to tell you about improving the service, but I'm pretty sure you're doing good. I'd like to thank *Dr. Dennis S. Kao MD, for the good treatment and healthcare, I had received from him and his assistant.
About Dennis S. Kao
Dennis Kao, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Harborview Medical Center and the Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder Center at UW Medical Center - Northwest. He is also an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at UW School of Medicine.
Dr. Kao is experienced in treating common hand problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and finger fractures, as well as complex hand issues such as finger replantation, toe-to-hand transfer, peripheral nerve reconstruction, and brachial plexus reconstruction. Dr. Kao specializes in hand and wrist reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kao believes it is important for patients to understand all the treatment options available, and he helps patients choose options that will work best for their individual circumstances. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.
Dr. Kao’s clinical interest in adult peripheral nerve reconstruction has sparked his curiosity in the biology of peripheral nerve degeneration and regeneration. His current research include the role of cadaveric nerve allograft in nerve reconstruction, minimization of distal peripheral nerve degeneration after nerve injury, as well as surgical treatment of painful neuromas.
Dr. Kao enjoys home remodeling, woodworking, hiking, camping and medical mission work.
Education and Training
University of Texas Southwestern
Teaching Appointment, 2016
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Fellowship, 2011, Microsurgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
Fellowship, 2010, Hand Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency, 2009, Plastic Surgery
Univ. of Texas - Galveston
Medical Education, 2003
Hand Surgery, 2014, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery, 2012, American Board of Plastic Surgery