Albert Chao

Albert Chao, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Physician

Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Accepting new patients

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. I perform the full spectrum of procedures in this specialty and I’m proud to be part of such an excellent multidisciplinary team. The most rewarding part of my work is to see my patients after surgery resuming their life with their prior form and function.

My expertise includes additional specialty training in microsurgery. This technique allows patients to use their own tissues to reconstruct defects and deformities. An example of microsurgical reconstruction would be using a patient’s own abdominal tissues to recreate the breast after mastectomy, without the need for implants.

My research interests include clinical investigations that can have an immediate impact on patient care, and I have published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles.

I am an active leader and participant in the training of future surgeons. I am the director of the Microsurgery Fellowship program in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University. I also serve as the department’s vice chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

My experience also includes overseas medical missions. I have undertaken charitable work to treat patients and train local surgeons in underserved communities, including in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Editorial Board member of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Named to Castle Connolly's Regional Top Doctors list

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Breast
  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Cancers
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
  • Spine Sarcoma
  • Surgery, Plastic
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Microsurgery
  • Breast Cancer
  • Mammaplasty
  • Breast Implants
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Lymphedema
  • Skin Cancers

Locations Where I Practice

Plastic Surgery

in Eye and Ear Institute
915 Olentangy River Road
2nd Floor Suite 2140
Columbus, OH 43212

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
9/24/2001 - 6/10/2005


Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006


Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO
7/1/2006 - 6/30/2008


Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO
7/1/2008 - 6/30/2010


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Academic Information

My Department

Plastic Surgery

My Division

Plastic Surgery

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Chao has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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