He attained his medical training in New York at Columbia University (M.D.) and at Mount Sinai Medical Center (Neurosurgical Residency). Dr. Yao completed a fellowship in complex brain and spine tumor surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, after which he joined the Neurosurgical faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Yao served as Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Center, Director of Spinal Oncology, and Director of Gamma Knife and Stererotactic Radiosurgery at Tufts Medical Center. He subsequently returned to New Jersey where he maintains a busy private practice in suburban New Jersey and New York City. Dr. Yao is Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he is actively involved in teaching and research. Dr. Yao strives to maximize each patient’s quality of life by restoring and preserving neurological function.