Dr. Yao specializes in the following:

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

   5 out of 5

  • Dr. Yao is such a wonderful doctor made me understand what was happening to my knee his very concerned about it. - Karla - 2/03/2021 

  • Dr Yao is fantastic. Kind, informative, knowledgeable and skilled. Totally recommend him. My shoulder is much improved. Still working on getting to 100% after my rotator cuff repair, but I know I will. An extra bonus is that he comes to Dallas weekly! Although staff at HOPE in Salem are great, it's nice to be closer to home. - Julie S. - 1/21/2021 

  • Dr Yao has been absolutely amazing. Not only does he have great bedside manner but he cares about the well being of his clients. Dr Yao has promptly answered my questions and eased my concerns. Round 2 for surgery is in my near future and I hands down wouldn't allow anyone but Dr. Yao support me in this. - Amanda W. - 1/13/2021 

  • Hope orthopedic is a great place. Everyone is so friendly and very helpful. Dr. Yao is great!!!! - Susan C. - 1/07/2021 

  • Dr. Yao is awesome. He and I have been doctor and patient for many years and, there is no one in orthopedics i trust more He is absolutely top-notch in my book. Hope is handling the covid as well as can be expected. Trying to keep us all safe. Doing a good job. KUDOS TO HOPE AND TO DR YAO - Georgia L. - 12/18/2020 

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