Dennis S. Kao M.D.

Dennis S. Kao M.D.
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  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Taiwanese


  • Hand & wrist surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery


Dennis Kao, M.D., is a plastic surgeon at Harborview Medical Center and the Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder Center at Northwest Hospital. He is also a UW assistant professor of Plastic Surgery in the division of plastic surgery and an adjunct assistant professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Kao specializes in hand and wrist reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kao believes it is important for patients to understand all the treatment options available, and he helps patients choose options that will work best for their individual circumstances.

Dr. Kao earned his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.

Dr. Kao is experienced in treating common hand problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and finger fractures, as well as complex hand issues such as finger replantation, toe-to-hand transfer, and brachial plexus reconstruction.


Institution Credential Year
Medical College of Wisconsin Fellowship 2010
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Fellowship 2011
University of Texas Southwestern Teaching Appointment 2016
Univ. of Texas - Galveston Medical Education 2003
Medical College of Wisconsin Residency 2009

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Plastic Surgery Hand Surgery 2014
American Board of Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery 2012