Mike Yao

Mike Yao, MD

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Otolaryngology


Ear, Nose, Throat / Otolaryngology

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Dr. Mike Yao is a fellowship trained head and neck surgical oncologist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Yao went to Yale University, School of Medicine. He did his residency in Otolaryngology at Stanford University and completed a Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Yao joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor and served as program director of the residency program. In 2008, he joined the faculty at Stanford University where he specialized in care of patients with melanoma of the head and neck.  In 2011, he moved to Westchester County, NY and was in practice at Westchester Medical Center.  He joined the practice at Mount Sinai in 2014.

Dr. Yao cares for patients with head and neck cancer.  He has a special interest in diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid, melanoma and advanced skin cancers. 

Dr. Yao has over 30 publications and been invited to lecture nationally and internationally over 90 times. He has been named to the Best Doctors and America’s Top Doctors numerous times.



Clinical Focus

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery - Overview
  • Salivary Glands
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer


MD, Yale University School of Medicine

Residency, Otolaryngology, Stanford University Hospital

Fellowship, Head & Neck Surgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center (Univ of Texas)

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