Dr. Yao, a sports medicine and knee-replacement specialist, was destined for a career as a physical therapist before having a change of heart and deciding to attend medical school. He even practiced physical therapy during part of his time in medical school. "With my physical therapy training and love of sports, it just seemed like a natural extension," he says. "It's sort of a cliché, but I love the whole aspect of being able to identify a problem and fix it. It's positive reinforcement on a daily basis."

When he's not in the clinic or in surgery, Dr. Yao plays in a rock band. We're not kidding. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, volleyball, and competing in triathlons.

Education
Undergraduate
Marquette University
 
Medical School
Rush Medical College
Chicago, Il
 
Graduate Medical Education
Residency
Medical College of Wisconsin
Fellowship
Sports Medicine, Lake Tahoe Orthopaedic Institute
 
Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 

 
Contact: 1600 State Street, Salem, OR 97301
503-540-6300 - Fax: 503-540-6404
 
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Dr. Yao specializes in a variety of orthopedic conditions including:
  • Sports Medicine
  • General Orthopedics
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
  • Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Surgery