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Dr. Kevin Yao, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board Certified Neurosurgeon


Dr. Kevin Yao is a board certified Neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain and spine tumors. 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.

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ABC’s The Doctors: Awake Brain Surgery: Watch as neurosurgeon Dr. Yao performs an awake brain surgery.

ABC’s The Doctors: Undergoing Awake Brain Surgery. Lee discusses the seizure that led to her diagnosis. Plus, learn how she felt when Dr. Yao told her about the procedure.

ABC’s The Doctors: Awake Brain Surgery Explained: Neurosurgeon Dr. Yao explains the type of tumor Lee had and why it was important for her to be conscious during the surgery.

Awake Brain Surgery – Dr. Yao Explains Awake Brain Surgery on News 12 New Jersey

Dr. Yao Giving Hope to Those with Trigeminal Neuralgia New Treatment Provides Relief From Horribly Painful ‘TN’ Disease

They hadn’t danced for 10 years. Mr. Christmas was suffering from chronic low back pain radiating to his legs. Dr. Yao gave them hope; so he had his surgery in early 2016. The Christmas’s were able to dance to their song, “Summer Wind” for his 80th birthday.

Dr. Yao: Precision Therapies for Neurological Cancers: New Depths, New Heights, The Lefcourt Treatment and Wellness Center, 2015-2018 Heightslights

Recognitions for Dr. Kevin Yao

Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area 2019


Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area 2018


2018 Inside Jersey Top Doctors


New York Magazine Best Doctors 2018


New York Magazine Best Doctors 2017


Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area 2017


2017 Inside Jersey Top Doctors


Dr. Kevin Yao Featured on ABC's The Doctors

Dr. Yao performed an amazing successful awake brain surgery on one of his patients.