Rhinologist William C. Yao, MD, co-director of the UTHealth Rhinology and Skull Base Fellowship in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, has been named by his peers as a Top Doctor for 2021 by Houstonia magazine. Dr. Yao is an associate professor and director of the otorhinolaryngology residency program.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Yao received his medical degree at the University of Colorado Health Science Center School of Medicine, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2008. He completed residency training at Baylor College of Medicine, where he was recognized with the 2014 Resident Teaching Award. He subsequently completed a fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School.
Fluent in English and Japanese, Dr. Yao has a strong interest in surgical technique and residency education, including the development of teaching instruments. As residency program director, he collaborates with faculty members and colleagues at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and with Houston Methodist Hospital to promote leading-edge surgical education to residents at UTHealth. He has been recognized with the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from McGovern Medical School numerous times, including in 2021.
Dr. Yao is committed to delivering leading-edge medical and surgical management for chronic rhinosinusitis and paranasal sinus diseases, and performs advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, revision sinus surgery, and skull base and orbital surgery.
To compile its ninth annual listing of the best physicians in Houston, Houstonia put out a call to more than 15,000 board-certified doctors in the Houston area. The magazine compiled the names of the top vote recipients in each specialty and verified that all physicians were currently certified by their respective medical licensing boards.