Biography

Dr. Kao is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She received her medical degree from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York and completed her residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. Following residency, Dr. Kao completed subspecialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Miami.   Subsequently, she joined the Department as an assistant professor.  Dr. Kao is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her clinical interests include hair restoration and transplant, facial trauma, facial rejuvenation (including Botox®, injectable fillers, brow lift, facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty), rhinoplasty, and reconstructive surgery of skin cancer defects.

Education

Doctor of Medicine
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, 2011
Internship
Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012
Residency
Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, 2018
Fellowship
University of Miami, 2019

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

Hair restoration and transplant, facial trauma, rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation (including Botox®, injectable fillers, brow lift, facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty), and reconstructive surgery of skin cancer defects.

Publications

Publication Information

Kao WK, Davis RE. Post-surgical alar retraction: Etiology and Treatment. Facial Plastic Surgery clinics. Revision Facial Plastic Surgery: Correcting Bad Results. In Press.

Kao WK, Chole RA, Ogden MA. Evidence of a Microbial Etiology for Sialoliths. Laryngoscope. Mar 2019 epub.

Ettyreddy AR, Kao WK, Roland LT, Rich JT, Chi JJ. Utility of the LACE Scoring System in Predicting Readmission Following Tracheotomy and Laryngectomy. Ear Nose Throat J. 2019; 98(4): 220-222.

Bhatt NK, Kao WK, Paniello RC. Compound Motor Action Potential Measures Acute Changes in Laryngeal Innervation. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. 2018; 127(10): 661- 666.

Kao WK, Gagnon P, Vogel JP, Chole RA. Surface Charge Modification Decreases Pseudomonas aeruginosa Adherence in vitro and Bacterial Persistence in an in vivo Implant Model. Laryngoscope. 2017; 127(7): 1655-1661.

Kao WK, Parnes LS, Chole RA. Otolithic Membrane Fragments in the Semicircular Canal in Patients with BPPV. Laryngoscope. 2017; 127(3): 709-714.

Kao WK, Frye, M, Gagnon P, Vogel JP, Chole RA. D amino acids do not inhibit biofim formation in P. aeruginosa. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2017; 2(1);4-9.

Vila PM, Townsend ME, Bhatt NK, Kao WK, Sinha P, Neely JG. The P Value Problem in Otolaryngology: Shifting to Effect Sizes and Confidence Intervals. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 2017; 156(6):978-980.

Zenga J, Hahn S, Kao WK, Chen C, Gross J, Chi J, Branham GH. Titanium mesh repair of throughand-through nasal defects without intranasal lining reconstruction. Facial Plastic Surgery. 2017; 33(1): 52-57.

Liou T, Kao K. Benign Skin Lesions. In: Desai SC, ed. Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide. Plural Publishing: 2016; 429-436.

Kao WK, Gagnon PM, Vogel JP, Chole RA. FleQ, a Transcriptional Activator, Is Required for Biofilm Formation in vitro but does not Alter Virulence in a Cholesteatomas Model. Otol. Neurotol. 2016; 37(7): 977-83.

Kao WK, Chole RA. Biofilm disease and otitis. In: Kania R., Ars B., eds. Biofilms in Otitis. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Kugler Publications; 2015: 19-56.

Kao WK, Wang YH, Kleinman JE, Lipska BK, Hyde TM, Weinberger DR, Law AJ. Common Genetic Variation in Neuregulin 3 (NRG3) influences risk for schizophrenia and impacts NRG3 expression in human brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2010; 107(35): 15619-24.

Kao K, Fu D, (2004) Purification and Crystallization of ZitB, a Zinc Transporter from Escherichia coli. J. Undergraduate Research; 2004: 4: 74-78.