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Albert Chao, MD

Albert Chao, M.D., F.A.C.S.chao photo

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Microsurgery Fellowship Program Director
915 Olentangy River Rd, Suite 2100
Columbus, OH 43212



  • B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001, Biochemistry
  • M.D., University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2005
  • Residency: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Fellowship: Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Appointment: 2011
  • Specialty Interests: Cancer and trauma reconstruction, microsurgery, free flap (DIEP, TRAM, SIEA) and implant based breast reconstruction.
  • Board Certified: Yes

Dr. Albert Chao's research interests primarily focus on clinical outcomes following reconstructive surgery. This includes study of the effect of newer multimodality cancer treatments on the approach (method, timing, patient selection) to oncologic reconstruction. In addition, he has interests in the role of technology in plastic surgery, such as novel imaging and monitoring devices, and how they may alter understanding of reconstructive concepts or enhance patient outcomes.


Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS): Member
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS): Member
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM): Member
  • Columbus Society of Plastic Surgery (CSPS): Member
  • Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons (OVSPS): Member
  • World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM): Member


Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Chao AH, Hulsen J. Bone-supported arch bars are associated with comparable outcomes to Erich arch bars in the treatment of mandibular fractures with maxillomandibular fixation. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. (Accepted for publication)
  2. Chao AH, Mayerson JL, Chandawarkar R, Scharschmidt TJ. Surgical Management of Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Extremity Sarcomas. J Surg Onc. 2014 Oct 21.
  3. Chao AH, Khansa I, Farrar WB, Miller MJ. Process outcomes in breast reconstruction and the impact of a comprehensive breast center. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;134:675e-81e.
  4. Chao AH, McCann GA, Fowler JM. Alternatives to commonly used pelvic reconstruction procedures in gynecologic oncology. Gynecol Oncol. 2014;134:172-180.
  5. Chao AH, McCann GA, Fowler JM. Bilateral groin reconstruction with a single anterolateral thigh perforator flap as an alternative to traditional myocutaneous flaps. Gynecol Oncol Case Rep. 2014;9:15-7.
  6. Chao AH, Khansa I, Kaiser C, Bell J, Miller MJ. The differential impact of plastic surgery subspecialties on the financial performance of an academic clinical practice. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133:748e-55e.
  7. Chao AH, Lamp S. Current approaches to free flap monitoring. Plast Surg Nurs. 2014;34:52-56.
  8. Chao AH, Coriddi M, Miller MJ. Reconstruction of extensive defects with combined transverse-vertical rectus abdominus (cruciate) myocutaneous flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133:442e-443e.
  9. Kocak E, Nagel TW, Hulsen JH, Carruthers SP, Salgado CJ, Chao AH. Biologic matrices in oncologic breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2014;11:65-75.
  10. Lee EI, Chao AH, Skoracki RJ, Yu P, Demonte F, Hanasono MM. Outcomes of Calvarial Reconstruction in Cancer Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133:675-82.
  11. Chao AH, Gangopadhyay N, Tenenbaum MJ, Myckatyn TM. Ultrapulse carbon dioxide laser versus traditional deepithelialization in reduction mammoplasty and mastopexy: Clinical outcomes and cost analysis. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013;66:e387-9.
  12. Khansa I, Chao AH, Taghizadeh M, Nagel T, Wang D, Tiwari P. A systematic approach to emergent breast free flap takeback: Clinical outcomes, algorithm, and review of the literature. Microsurgery. 2013 Aug 14.
  13. Chao AH, Meyerson J, Povoski SP, Kocak E. A review of devices used in the monitoring of microvascular free tissue transfers. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2013. 2013;10:649-660.
  14. Chao AH, Neimanis SA, Chang DW, Lewis VO, Hanasono MM. Reconstruction after Internal Hemipelvectomy: Outcomes and Reconstructive Algorithm. Ann Plastic Surg. 2013 Jul 29.
  15. Tung TH, Chao AH, Moore AM. Obturator nerve transfer for femoral nerve reconstruction: anatomic study and clinical application. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012;130:1066-1074.
  16. Chao AH, Sturgis EM, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Guadagnolo BA, Hanasono MM. Reconstructive Outcomes in Patients with Head and Neck Sarcoma. Head Neck. 2013;35:677-683.
  17. Nosrati N, Chao AH, Chang DW, Yu P. Lower extremity reconstruction with the anterolateral thigh flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012;28:227-234.
  18. Chao AH, Chang DW, Shuaib SW, 4.Hanasono MM. The Effect of Neoadjuvant versus Adjuvant Irradiation on Microvascular Free Flap Reconstruction in Sarcoma Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012;129:675-682.
  19. Chao AH, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Demonte F, Hanasono MM. Microsurgical reconstruction of composite scalp and calvarial defects in patients with cancer: A 10-year experience. Head Neck. 2012;34:1759-1764.
  20. Wu LC, Djohan RS, Liu TS, Chao AH, Lohman RF, Song DH. Proximal vascular pedicle preservation for sartorius muscle flap transposition. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006;117:253-258.



  • Editorial Board, Microsurgery
  • Member, ASPS In-Service Examination Committee, 2012-2013
  • Member, ASPS In-Service Examination Committee, 2013-2014
  • Member, ASPS In-Service Examination Committee, 2014-2015
  • Member, ASPS Curriculum Committee, 2012-2013
  • Member, ASPS Curriculum Committee, 2013-2014
  • Member, ASPS Curriculum Committee, 2014-2015
  • Member, ASPS Patient Safety Committee, 2014-2015
  • Member, ASPS Membership Committee, 2014-2015
  • Member, OSU Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Breast Infection Prevention Committee, 2012-2013
  • Member, OSU Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Quality and Patient Safety Committee, 2013-2014
  • Member, OSUWMC Quality and Patient Safety (Infection Prevention) Committee, 2013-2014
  • Member, OSUWMC Quality and Patient Safety (Infection Prevention) Committee, 2014-2015
  • Reviewer, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, 2013-present
  • Reviewer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2014-present
  • Reviewer, Microsurgery, 2014-present
  • Reviewer, Annals of Surgical Oncology, 2014-present
  • Reviewer, Gynecologic Oncology, 2014-present
  • Reviewer (Applications), Ohio State College of Medicine Admissions, 2014-present