Dr. Yao specializes in the following:

  • Sports Medicine
  • General Orthopedics
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Regenerative Medicine

   5 out of 5

  • 5 star rating My husband is and has been a pt. of Dr. Yao for many years. We cannot say enough good about him. He is a fantastic doctor in our opinion. He is and has always been a great listener to the problem and answering the many questions that we have had. He is caring and concerned and takes the time that... read more - Jean V. - 9/15/2021 

  • Dr Yao takes care of my Rotator Cuff tear with injections!! They work fantastic!! He gave me a shot of Cortisone yesterday. I didn't hardly feel it at all! I even asked him if he was finished & he was... When I called to get an appointment, because there had been plenty of time from my last shot, they got... read more - Sandra D. - 9/08/2021 

  • Dr Yao takes the time to thoroughly discuss symptoms and remedial procedures. I have great confidence in his training & expertise. - Elizabeth C. - 8/19/2021 

  • Dr Yao and the entire staff at Hope orthopedics are great to work with. - Ed - 7/20/2021 

  • Hope Orthopedics is the best place you can go to. They are very caring and professional. They make sure you get the best care. I have had several surgeries and all have been exceptionally well. Dr. Karlen and Dr. Yao are the best I have ever had and will keep seeing them as long as I need too. Thank you... read more - Jeanette Z. - 6/25/2021 

Dr. Yao, a sports medicine and orthopedic specialist, thought he 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," Dr. Yao 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. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, volleyball, and competing in triathlons.


  • 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