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Kevin Yao

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  • Neurological Surgery


  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

  • Internship, General Surgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Residency, Neurosurgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Fellowship, Neurosurgical Oncology
    MD Anderson Cancer Center (Univ of Texas)


    Dr. Yao specializes in the treatment of brain and spine tumors.  After completing a fellowship in complex brain and spine tumor surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, he served as Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Center, Director of Spinal Oncology, and Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He subsequently joined the faculty at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he continues to maximize each patient's quality of life and functional restoration.


Hwang S, Abozed M, Hale A, Eisenberg R, Dvorak T, Yao K, Pfannl R, Mignano J, Zhu J, Price L, Strauss G, Wu J. Adjuvant Gamma Knife radiosurgery following surgical resection of brain metastases: a 9-year retrospective cohort study. J. Neurooncol. 2010; 98(1): 77 - 82.

Riesenburger R, Hwang S, Schirmer C, Zerris V, Wu J, Mahn K, Klimo P, Mignano J, Thompson C, Yao K. Outcomes following single-treatment Gamma Knife surgery for trigeminal neuralgia with a minimum 3-year follow-up. J Neurosurg 2010; 112(4): 766 - 771.

Schirmer C, Chan M, Mignano J, Duker J, Melhus C, Williams L, Wu J, Yao K. Dose De-escalation with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in the Treatment of Choroidal Melanoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 1 2009; 75(1): 170 - 176.

Dvorak T, Finn A, Price L, Mignano J, Fitzek M, Wu J, Yao K. Re-treatment of trigeminal neuralgia with Gamma Knife radiosurgery: is there an appropriate cumulative dose. J Neurosurg 2009; 111(2): 359 - 364.

McGirt M, Chaichana K, Atiba A, Bydon A, Witham T, Yao K, Jallo G. Incidence of spinal deformity after resection of intramedullary spinal cord tumors in children who underwent laminectomy compared with laminoplasty. J Neurosurg Pediatrics 2008; 1(1): 57 - 62.

McGirt M, Chaichana K, Atiba A, Attenello F, Yao K, Jallo G. Resection of intramedullary spinal cord tumors in children: assessment of long-term motor and sensory deficits.. J Neurosurg Pediatrics 2008; 1(1): 63 - 67.

McGirt M, Chaichana K, Attenello F, Witham T, Bydon A, Yao K, Jallo G. Spinal deformity after resection of cervical intramedullary spinal cord tumors in children. Childs Nerv Syst 2008; 24(6): 735 - 739.

Yao K, McGirt M, Constantini S, Chaichana K, Epstein F, Jallo G. Risk factors for progressive spinal deformity following resection of intramedullary spinal cord tumors in children: an analysis of 161 consecutive cases. J Neurosurg 2007; 107(6): 463 - 468.

Riesenburger R, Mahn K, Yao K. Gamma knife radiosurgery for intractable trigeminal neuralgia in the geriatric population. Annals of Longterm Care 2006; 14(12): 21 - 24.

Yao K, Boriani S, Gokaslan Z, Sundaresan N. En bloc spondylectomy for spinal metastases: a review of techniques. Neurosurgical Focus 2003; 15(5): E6.

Yao K, Komata T, Kondo Y, Kondo S, Germano I. Molecular response of human glioglastoma multiforme cells to ionizing radiation: cell cycle arrest, modulation of the expression of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors, and autophagy. J Neurosurg 2003; 98(2): 378 - 384.

Pouliot J, Yao K, Robertson C, Nash H. Yeast Gene for Tyr-DNA phosphodiesterase that repairs topoisomerase I complexes.. Science 1999; 286(5439): 552-555.

Yang S, Burgin A, Huizenga B, Robertson C, Yao K, Nash H. A eukaryotic enzyme that can disjoin dead-end covalent complexes between DNA and type I topoisomerases. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 1996; 93(21).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr.Yao is not currently required to report Industry relationships.

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