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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)


    Kevin Yao, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai. He obtained his medical training in New York at Columbia University (M.D.) and Mount Sinai Medical Center (Neurosurgical Residency). Dr. Yao completed a fellowship in complex brain and spine tumor surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He joined the Neurosurgery faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where Dr. Yao served as Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Center, Director of Spinal Oncology, and Director of Stereotactic and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at Tufts Medical Center. He returned to the Tristate area, where he currently practices in New York City and Northern New Jersey.  Dr. Yao strives to maximize each patient’s quality of life by restoring and preserving neurological function.


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.

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.

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 KC, Malek AM. Transpedicular N-butyl cyanoacrylate-mediated percutaneous embolization of symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2013 May; 18(5).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joye RP, Williams LB, Chan MD, Witkin AJ, Schirmer CM, Mignano JE, Wazer DE, Yao KC, Wu JK, Duker JS. Local control and results of Leksell Gamma Knife therapy for the treatment of uveal melanoma. Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging retina; 45(2).

Chan MD, Melhus CS, Mignano JE, Do-Dai D, Duker JS, Yao KC. Analysis of visual toxicity after gamma knife radiosurgery for treatment of choroidal melanoma: identification of multiple targets and mechanisms of toxicity. American journal of clinical oncology 2011 Oct; 34(5).

Miele WR, Schirmer CM, Yao KC, Heilman CB. Spontaneous resolution of a Chiari malformation Type I and syrinx after supratentorial craniotomy for excision of a cavernous malformation. Journal of neurosurgery 2012 May; 116(5).

Riesenburger RI, Klimo P, Yao KC. A fourth atlantoaxial joint: an initial description. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society 2011 Apr; 11(4).

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).

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.

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