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Albert Chao, MD

Associate Professor, Microsurgery Fellowship Program Director

Albert H. Chao, MD is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Program Director of the Microsurgery Fellowship in the Department of Plastic Surgery. His clinical focus is reconstructive surgery in cancer patients, including microsurgical reconstruction, for which he is fellowship trained. His research interests include clinical outcomes following reconstructive surgery in cancer patients, and the impact of non-clinical factors, such as systems of care delivery and financial infrastructure, on the development and success of cancer reconstructive surgery programs. Dr. Chao has a top 10% national ranking in patient satisfaction, serves on the editorial board for Microsurgery, is a peer reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001

University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2005

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2005-2010

Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2010-2011

Specialty Interests
Cancer and trauma reconstruction
Lymphedema reconstruction


Board Certified


American College of Surgeons (ACS)
American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS)

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

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Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Chao AH. Successful breast reconstruction with a free MS-TRAM flap in a patient with prior ligation of the bilateral deep inferior epigastric vessels. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jun 5.
  2. Chao AH, Yaney A, Skoracki RJ, Kearns PN. The Impact of Physician Assistants on a Breast Reconstruction Practice: Outcomes and Cost Analysis. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 May 31.
  3. Chao AH. The delay phenomenon in the setting of prior irradiation: a matched-pair analysis in nipple reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Apr 6.
  4. Chao AH. Starting a microsurgery fellowship: A program’s perspective. Microsurgery. 2017;37:274-275.
  5. Chao AH, Martinez JC, Wobb J, Povoski SP. Multivariate preoperative and intraoperative predictors of postmastectomy radiation therapy in patients planned for immediate breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;139(3):599e-605e. 
  6. Chao AH, Gangopadhyay N. Industry financial relationships in plastic surgery: an analysis of the Sunshine Act Open Payments database. Plast Reconstr Surg.2016;138:341e-83
  7. Chao AH, Garza R 3rd, Povoski SP. A review of the use of silicone implants in breast surgery. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2016;13:1-14
  8. Chao AH, Weimer K, Raczkowsky J, Zhang Y, Kunze M, Selber JC, Hanasono MM, Skoracki RJ. Pre-programmed robotic osteotomies for fibula free flap mandible reconstruction: a preclinical investigation. Microsurgery. 2016;36(3):246-9. 
  9. Chao AH, Kearns PN. Reconstruction of radiated gluteal defects following sarcoma resections with pedicled sensate tensor fascia lata flaps.  Case Rep Oncol Med. 2015;2015:971037.
  10. Chao AH. A review of the use of acellular dermal matrices in postmastectomy immediate breast reconstruction. Plast Surg Nurs. 2015;35:131-4.
  11. Chao AH, Khansa I, Farrar WB, Miller MJ. Processes of Care in Breast Reconstruction and the Long-Term Impact of a Comprehensive Breast Center. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015;22 Suppl 3:S1256-62
  12. Chao AH, Coriddi M. The Impact of Intraoperative Microvascular Compromise on Outcomes in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2015;31:493-9.
  13. 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. 2015;73:306-13.
  14. Chao AH, Mayerson JL, Chandawarkar R, Scharschmidt TJ. Surgical Management of Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Extremity Sarcomas. J Surg Onc. 2015;111:540-5
  15. 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.
  16. Chao AH, McCann GA, Fowler JM. Alternatives to commonly used pelvic reconstruction procedures in gynecologic oncology. Gynecol Oncol. 2014;134:172-180.
  17. 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.
  18. 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. (Cited in The Wall Street Journal as a Page One article on 07/10/2015 in "The Double Mastectomy Rebellion: Defying Doctors, More Women With Breast Cancer Choose Double Mastectomies" by Lucette Lagnado.)
  19. Chao AH, Lamp S. Current approaches to free flap monitoring. Plast Surg Nurs. 2014;34:52-56.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Chao AH, Neimanis SA, Chang DW, Lewis VO, Hanasono MM. Reconstruction after Internal Hemipelvectomy: Outcomes and Reconstructive Algorithm. Ann Plastic Surg. 2013 Jul 29.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Nosrati N, Chao AH, Chang DW, Yu P. Lower extremity reconstruction with the anterolateral thigh flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012;28:227-234.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.


  • ASRM Best Breast Paper Award, 01/2015
  • OSUWMC Exceptional Physician Peer Award, 11/2015
  • Top 10% National Ranking in Patient Satisfaction, 12/2015
  • Top 10% National Ranking in Patient Satisfaction, 12/2016


  • Editorial Board, Microsurgery
  • Co-Chair, ACAPS Microsurgery Committee, 2016-present
  • Co-Chair, ASPS Curriculum Committee, 2015-present
  • Member, ASPS In-Service Examination Committee, 2012-present
  • Member, ASPS Curriculum Committee, 2012-present
  • Member, ASPS Health Policy Committee, 2016-present
  • Member, ASPS Patient Safety Committee, 2014-present
  • Member, ASPS Membership Committee, 2014-present
  • Member, ASPS PSEN Editorial Committee, 2015-present
  • Member, ASRM Audit Committee, 2016-present
  • Member, ASRM Membership Committee, 2016-present
  • 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-present
  • Member, OSUWMC Faculty Engagement Committee, 2016-present
  • Member, OSUWMC Quality and Patient Safety (Infection Prevention) Committee, 2013-present
  • 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, Head & Neck, 2015-present
  • Reviewer, Annals of Plastic Surgery, 2015-present
  • Reviewer, Ohio State College of Medicine Admissions, 2014-2016