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Plastic Surgeon in Los Angeles Magazine

National Awards

Presentations at National Conferences

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons American 

Association of Plastic Surgeons 

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2017 podium presentation.
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons 2016 Best poster award
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal 2016 International journal club moderator
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal 2016 Plastic Surgery Hot Topics
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2016 Podium presentation
  • American Public Health Association 2014 Podium presentation
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council 2013 poster presentation.
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2011 1st Place Presentation & 1st Place Paper.



Patient receives life-changing surgery after ten years, giving her the self-confidence she never had.

Eleven-year-old Mariela’s eyes widened with happiness when she saw herself in the mirror after undergoing surgery to correct her congenital cleft lip and palate at the Shriners Medical Center in Pasadena, California.

Madagascar with Operation Smile

In April 2019, Dr. Yao travelled to Antisrabe, Madagascar. Antisrabe is a 6 hour van ride from the capital city and in need of plastic surgeons. During the 10 day trip, Dr. Yao helped train 2 local surgeons in performing cleft lip and cleft palate operations while treating over 130 children in need.

Vietnam with Operation Smile

In November 2015, Dr. Yao designed a new program to track outcomes in cleft lip and palate surgery in Hanoi, Vietnam. She created an iPhone app that automated collection of cleft lip facial data to help improve outcomes of patients with the most severe types of disease.