Associate Professor of Surgery

chaoAssociate Professor of Surgery
Program Director, Microsurgery Fellowship in the Department of Plastic Surgery

About me

Albert H. Chao, MD, is an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Program Director of the Microsurgery Fellowship in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Ohio State University. His clinical focus is reconstructive surgery in cancer patients, including reconstruction using microsurgery, for which he is fellowship trained. His research interests include clinical investigations that can have an immediate impact on patient care, and non-clinical inquiries into factors that impact the development and success of reconstructive surgery programs, such as systems of care delivery and financial infrastructure, including work cited in the The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Chao serves as both director of microsurgical education and teaching faculty of fellows, residents, and medical students. He believes in the importance of service, and has undertaken charitable work to treat patients and train local surgeons in underserved communities, including in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a peer reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, serves on the Editorial Board for Microsurgery, ranks in the Top 10% nationally in patient satisfaction based on measures from the U.S. Government, has lectured and trained surgeons nationally and internationally, and has over 30 peer-reviewed publications.


Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

Chao AH. Microsurgery global outreach to the developing world: Insights from Vietnam. Microsurgery 2019. (Accepted 2019 Jun 28)

Rendon JL, Hodson T, Skoracki RJ, Humeidan M, Chao AH. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocols Decrease Outpatient Opioid Use in Patients Undergoing Abdominally Based Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019. (Accepted 2019 Jun 6)

Jordan SW, Drake A, Schulz S, Kraft C, Hehr J, Hodson T, Pino M, Skoracki RJ, Chao AH. A novel approach to maximizing data fidelity in clinical microsurgery research. Microsurgery. 2018;39:282-283. PMID: 30566747.

Yang X, Chao AH, Miller MJ, Knopp MV. Differential visualization of arterial and venous flow in deep inferior epigastric perforator imaging with vector-flow perforator Phase Contrast Angiography (pPCA). J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2019;72:137-171. PMID: 30424976.

Wu P, Jordan S, Hodson T, Chao AH. Waist-to-hip ratio is a better predictor than body mass index for morbidity in abdominally based breast reconstruction. Microsurgery. 2018;38:731-737. PMID: 29964332.

Schulz S, Jordan S, Chao AH. The use of surgical delay for partial mastectomy reconstruction in the previously irradiated breast: a matched-control case series. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;141:791e-792. PMID: 29659451.

Pan YL, Chao AH. Reconstruction of an Irradiated Perineal Wound With a Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flap. Eplasty. 2017;30;17:ic28. PMID: 29238441.

Chao AH. Successful breast reconstruction with a free MS-TRAM flap in a patient with prior ligation of the bilateral deep inferior epigastric vessels. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140:518e-519e. PMID: 28590974.

Chao AH. The delay phenomenon in the setting of prior irradiation: a matched-pair analysis in nipple reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140:365e-366e. PMID: 28406822.

Chao AH, Yaney A, Skoracki RJ, Kearns PN. The impact of physician assistants on a breast reconstruction practice: outcomes and cost-analysis. Ann Plast Surg. 2017;79:249-252. PMID: 28570450.

Chao AH. Starting a microsurgery fellowship: A program's perspective. Microsurgery. 2017;37:274-275. PMID: 28334447.

Chao AH, Martinez JC, Wobb J, Povoski SP. Multivariate preoperative and intraoperative predictors of postmastectomy radiation therapy in patients planned for immediate breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;139:599e-605e. PMID: 28234816.

Chao AH, Gangopadhyay N. Industry financial relationships in plastic surgery: an analysis of the Sunshine Act Open Payments database. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016;138:341e-8e. PMID: 27465195.

Chao AH, Garza R 3rd, Povoski SP. A review of the use of silicone implants in breast surgery. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2016;13:143-56. PMID: 26690709

Chao AH, Weimer K, Raczkowsky J, Zhang Y, Kunze M, Cody D, Selber JC, Hanasono MM, Skoracki RJ. Pre-programmed robotic osteotomies for fibula free flap mandible reconstruction: a preclinical investigation. Microsurgery. 2016;36;246-9. PMID: 26663239

Chao AH, Khansa I, Farrar WB, Miller MJ. Processes of care in breast reconstruction and the long-term impact of a comprehensive breast center. Ann Surg Onc. 2015 Dec;22 Suppl 3:1256-62. PMID: 26289806.

Chao AH, Kearns PN. Reconstruction of radiated gluteal defects following sarcoma resections with pedicled sensate tensor fascia lata flaps. Case Rep Oncol Med. 2015;2015:971037. PMID: 26339516.

Chao AH. A review of the use of acellular dermal matrices in postmastectomy immediate breast reconstruction. Plast Surg Nurs. 2015;35:131-4. PMID: 26313677.

Chao AH, Coriddi M. The impact of intraoperative vascular compromise on outcomes in microsurgical breast reconstruction."J Reconstr Microsurg. 2015;31:493-9. PMID: 26165883.

Chao AH, Hulsen J. Bone-supported arch bars are associated with comparable outcomes to Erich arch bars in the treatment of mandibular fractures with maxillomandibular fixation. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2015;73:306-13. PMID: 25488313.

Chao AH, Mayerson JL, Chandawarkar R, Scharschmidt TJ. Surgical management of soft tissue sarcomas: Extremity sarcomas. J Surg Onc. 2015;111:540-5. PMID: 25335973.

Chao AH, Khansa I, Farrar WB, Miller MJ. Process outcomes in breast reconstruction and the impact of a comprehensive breast center. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;134:675e-681e. PMID: 25347641.

Chao AH, McCann GA, Fowler JM. Bilateral groin reconstruction with a single anterolateral thigh perforator flap as an alternative to traditional myocutaneous flaps. Gynecol Oncol Case Rep. 2014;9:15-7. PMID: 25426407.

Chao AH, McCann GA, Fowler JM. Alternatives to commonly used pelvic reconstruction procedures in gynecologic oncology. Gynecol Oncol. 2014;134:172-180. PMID: 24835912.

Chao AH, Lamp S. Current approaches to free flap monitoring. Plast Surg Nurs. 2014;34:52-6. PMID: 24887341.

Chao AH, Khansa I, Kaiser C, Bell J, Miller MJ. The differential impact of plastic surgery subspecialties on the financial performance of an academic clinical practice. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133:748e-755e. PMID: 24867735. (Cited in The Wall Street Journal as a Page One article on 07/10/2015 in "The Double Mastectomy Rebellion: Defying Doctors, More Women With Breast Cancer Choose Double Mastectomies" by Lucette Lagnado.)

Chao AH, Coriddi M, Miller MJ. Reconstruction of extensive defects with combined transverse-vertical rectus abdominis (cruciate) myocutaneous flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133:442e-443e. PMID: 24572906.

Kocak E, Nagel TW, Hulsen JH 3rd, Carruthers KH, Povoski SP, Salgado CJ, Chao AH. Biologic matrices in oncologic breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2014;11:65-75. PMID: 24308736.

Lee EI, Chao AH, Skoracki RJ, Yu P, Demonte F, Hanasono MM. Outcomes of calvarial reconstruction in cancer patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133:675-682. PMID: 24263391.

Chao AH, Meyerson J, Povoski SP, Kocak E. A review of devices used in the monitoring of microvascular free tissue transfers. Expert Rev Med Devices. 2013;10:649-660. PMID: 23972071.

Chao AH, Gangopadhyay N, Tenenbaum MJ, Myckatyn TM. Ultrapulse carbon dioxide versus traditional deepithelialization in reduction mammoplasty and mastopexy: clinical outcomes and cost analysis. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013;66:e387-e389. PMID: 23953674.

Khansa I, Chao AH, Taghizadeh M, Nagel T, Wang D, Tiwari P. A systematic approach to emergent breast free flap takeback: Clinical outcomes, algorithm, and review of the literature. Microsurgery. 2013;33:505-13. PMID: 23946137.

Chao AH, Neimanis SA, Lewis VO, Chang DW, Hanasono MM. Reconstruction after internal hemipelvectomy: outcomes and reconstructive algorithm. Ann Plast Surg. Epub 2013 Jul 19. PMID: 23903084.

Tung TH, Chao AH, Moore AM. Obturator nerve transfer for femoral nerve reconstruction: anatomic study and clinical application. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012;130:1066-1074. PMID: 23096607.

Chao AH, Sturgis EM, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Guadagnolo BA, Hanasono MM. Reconstructive Outcomes in Patients with Head and Neck Sarcoma. Head Neck. 2012;35:677-683. PMID: 22711660.

Nosrati N, Chao AH, Chang DW, Yu P. Lower extremity reconstruction with the anterolateral thigh flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012;28:227-234. PMID: 22399252.

Chao AH, Chang DW, Shuaib SW, Hanasono MM. The Effect of Neoadjuvant versus Adjuvant Irradiation on Microvascular Free Flap Reconstruction in Sarcoma Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012;129:675-682. PMID: 22373973.

Chao AH, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Demonte F, Hanasono MM. Microsurgical reconstruction of composite scalp and calvarial defects in patients with cancer: A 10-year experience. Head Neck. 2012;34:1759-1764. PMID: 22331614.

Wu LC, Djohan RS, Liu TS, Chao AH, Lohman RF, Song DH. Proximal vascular pedicle preservation for sartorius muscle flap transposition. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006;117:253-258. PMID: 16404276.