Albert Chao

Albert Chao, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Physician
4.8 out of 5
  • 61 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 9 Patient Comments

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About Me

As a specialist of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, I perform the full spectrum of procedures in this specialty, including those related to cancer, trauma, and congenital conditions.

I’m part of a multidisciplinary team at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Care Center that focuses on all cancer patients, such as those undergoing treatment for breast cancer, skin cancer, or sarcomas. I have received fellowship training in the technique of microsurgery (free flap reconstruction), which involves using a patient’s own tissues to reconstruct defects and deformities. Examples of microsurgical reconstruction include the transfer of tissue (such as from the abdomen, thigh, or buttocks) to recreate the breast after mastectomy without the need for implants, or in the treatment of lymphedema.

My research interests include clinical investigations that can have an immediate impact on patient care as well as non-clinical inquiries into factors that impact the development and success of reconstructive surgery programs, such as systems of care delivery and financial infrastructure. I have published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles.

As program director for the fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at Ohio State, I remain active in medical education by teaching fellows and residents.

I strongly believe in the importance of service and am involved in charitable work to treat patients and train local surgeons in underserved communities, including in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

I’m board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a peer reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, on the Editorial Board for Microsurgery and have ranked in the Top 10 percent nationally in patient satisfaction based on measures from the U.S. Government for four consecutive years.

The most rewarding part of my work is to see my patients after all of their treatments and to see that they are disease-free and living a normal life again with their prior form and function.
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2018, 2019

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Academic Information

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

My Department

Plastic Surgery

My Division

Plastic Surgery


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

61 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    5 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Sep 06, 2019

    Dr. Chao is the best! Really appreciate his expertise.

  • Reviewed on Aug 05, 2019


  • Reviewed on Aug 01, 2019


  • Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

    Excellent care by the doctor.

  • Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019


  • Reviewed on Feb 09, 2019

    Doctor was great. He explained what he was going to do and how long it would take.

  • Reviewed on Feb 08, 2019

    Dr. Chao is meticulous and thorough. He does a wonderful job as does his PA Erin.

  • Reviewed on Feb 03, 2018

    All good!

  • Reviewed on Nov 14, 2017

    The best.

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 11/21/2019, Dr. Chao has reported no relationships with companies or entities.