Dr. Yao specializes in the following:

  • 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
  • This could have been a very short visit for Dr. Yao, it was for shin splints that were 90% better but my 15year old football player son and I wanted to make sure there wasn't something else that could have been done. It would have been a 3 minute appt with many others. Dr. Yao took his time, did a... read more - Bryce P. - 9/06/2019 

  • Dr. Yao is very personable and understanding. He is realistic and sensitive to the individual needs I had. I would recommend him to anyone seeking orthopedic remedies. - J.P. - 5/06/2019 

  • Dr Yao, Thank you so very much; yes I'm alive and well thanks to your smile and personal touch; my life is so on fire ! We own you so much.... Robert & Kandi Loehr Albany, Oregon. - Robert L. - 9/29/2017 

  • Great Office! Great technology to get you through the check in process as wells as freindly and professional staff all the way from check in, x-ray and consult with Dr. Yao. - Susan H. - 8/29/2017 

  • I came in to see Dr. Yao about my knee. It is very painful at times. He said I needed knee replacement surgery. He was very patient and explained everything I wanted to know. I would recomend him to anyone looking for a great Doctor. - Melody L. - 7/29/2017 

Dr. Yao, a sports medicine and knee-replacement 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," 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. 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