Dr. Yao specializes in the following:

  • Sports Medicine
  • General Orthopedics
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Dr. Yao is super friendly and I believe he is very knowledgeable; he never seems rushed to get through my visits and thoroughly explains processes. He also never seems to mind when I ask a billion questions! Dr. Yao fixed my husband’s rotator cuff several years ago, and he really liked him too. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Yao;... read more - Vicki T. - 11/12/2020 

  • Where would I be without Dr Yao and his amazing staff?!! THANK YOU ALL!! - Kristi R. - 9/17/2020 

  • Thank you so much for all your work on both my knees! Dr. Yao is amazing!!! Your staff is awesome. And NP Elliot is the most entertaining, professional, cool dude in the world!! 🙂 - Jessica L. - 9/02/2020 

  • Dr. Yao is excellent and helped me get back to my life. - Holly B. - 9/02/2020 

  • My results are above and beyond wish I would have done it sooner. Dr. Yao and his staff are fantastic! 11 out of 10 - David B. - 8/23/2020 

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