Dennis S. Kao M.D. Accepting new patients

Accepting new patients Make an Appointment

Hand & wrist surgery, Plastic and reconstructive surgery


English, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese


Dennis Kao, M.D., is a plastic surgeon at Harborview Medical Center and the Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder Center at Northwest Hospital. He is also a UW assistant professor of Plastic Surgery in the division of plastic surgery and an adjunct assistant professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

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.

Dr. Kao earned his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.

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, and brachial plexus reconstruction.

Personal Interests

Dr. Kao enjoys home remodeling, woodworking, hiking, camping and medical mission work.
burn and plastic surgery clinic at harborview medical center

Burn and Plastic Surgery Clinics at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 8th Floor Seattle, WA 98104


Burn care, Emergency medicine, Plastic and reconstructive surgery

hand and elbow center at northwest primary and specialty care north seattle

Hand & Elbow Center at Northwest Primary and Specialty Care North Seattle

11011 Meridian Ave N., Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98133


Elbow care, Hand & wrist surgery, Minimally invasive surgery, Orthopedic surgery

hand, elbow, and shoulder center at harborview medical center

Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 6th Floor Seattle, WA 98104


Elbow care, Hand & wrist surgery, Minimally invasive surgery, Orthopedic surgery

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


Board Certifications
  • Hand Surgery, 2014, American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery, 2012, American Board of Plastic Surgery