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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)


    Kevin Yao, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai. He completed his residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2003.


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).

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