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Lillian S. Kao M.D., F.A.C.S.

Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery

Department of Surgery

Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital and Clinic

Located at 5656 Kelley Street, Houston, Texas 77026-1967

Phone 713.566.5000

Phone 713.566.5098
Fax 713.566.4583

Administrative Coordinator
Carla Square
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Lillian Kao, M.D.

High-achiever Lillian Kao was born in Chicago, and raised in the city’s suburbs. She was recently president of the Association for Academic Surgery, a society which promotes the development of young academic surgeons through courses on surgical research and career development, research awards, and early opportunities for leadership.

After completing a seven-year undergraduate and medical school program at the University of Michigan, Lillian did her residency at the University of Washington.

The focus of her research is to improve disparities of care. “I have found that the key is to align your clinical work with your research in order to be the best surgeon you can be. You’ve also go to know yourself, and recognize your strengths and limitations.”

In her free time, Lillian likes kickboxing with her trainer because “nobody hits me back!”. She also enjoys going to the dog park with her half-lab, half border collie, Jude. Growing up, she studied piano and violin.

“If I hadn’t gone into surgery, I’m sure I would be in a teaching position today. But I really like what I do. I think the title of my life story would be the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Surgeon.”



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bachelor of Science 1989-1993


University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
M.D., F.A.C.S. 1992-1996


University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas
Masters of Science in Clinical Research 2002-2006


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Intern in General Surgery 1996-1997


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Resident in General Surgery 1997-2001


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
Senior Gastrointestinal Surgical Fellow 2001 -2002


University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas
Critical Care Fellow 2006-2007