Albert Chao

Albert Chao, MD

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

Appointments: (614) 293-8566

About Me

As a specialist in reconstructive surgery at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, I perform reconstructive surgery – from trauma-related to reconstruction surgery in patients with all types of cancer. I was rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2015.

I am part of a multidisciplinary team at the OSUCCC – James that focuses on patients who are receiving treatment for breast cancer, skin cancer or sarcomas. One of the unique procedures I perform is free flap reconstruction using a patient’s own tissues to recreate the breast without implants. In addition, I use the latest technologies in microsurgery to perform reconstructive surgery with increased precision.

Research has taught us that no cancer is routine and therefore I create individualized plans for each of my patients. I use a multimodality treatment approach – using a combination of therapies so that my patients receive the best surgical treatment for their specific cancer.

From a research standpoint, I focus on clinical outcomes following oncologic reconstructive surgery, including processes/delivery of care and the effect of newer multimodality cancer treatments on the approach (method, timing, patient selection) to reconstruction. In addition, I have interests in the role of technology in plastic surgery, such as novel imaging and monitoring devices, and how they may alter understanding of reconstructive concepts or enhance patient outcomes.

I am board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and an elected member of multiple committees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, I am a reviewer for the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, I serve on the editorial board of the journal Microsurgery, and I have numerous peer-reviewed publications in such journals as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Cancer patients have a long and difficult journey. The most rewarding part of my work is to see my patients after all of their treatments and see that they are disease-free and living a normal life again.


  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Best Breast Paper Award, 2015
  • OSUWMC Exceptional Physician Peer Award, 2015
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2015, 2016, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Cancers
  • Surgery, Plastic
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
  • Spine Sarcoma
  • 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

Medical Degree

University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine


General Surgery
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
7/1/2006 - 6/30/2008

Plastic Surgery
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
7/1/2008 - 6/30/2010


Plastic Surgery
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011

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Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

My Department

Plastic Surgery

My Division

Plastic Surgery


47 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

4 Patient Comments

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

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Chao has reported no relationships with companies or entities.