Kenneth K. Kao, MD
Dr. Kenneth Kao’s inspiration to specialize in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery came to him during his training as a general surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles. He witnessed the impact that congenital defects, cancer or trauma could have on patients, and while working with breast cancer survivors, he learned that quality of life could be as important as quantity of life. He ultimately completed his plastic surgery training at UCLA and learned how procedures such as breast reconstruction after mastectomy, can help restore one’s identity.
One of Dr. Kao’s favorite sayings is “form follows function”, and he feels that plastic surgery exemplifies this by integrating reconstructive and aesthetic principles. He utilizes a balanced approach towards body and facial cosmetic surgery, making sure to understand his patients’ goals, while adhering to the highest standards of safety.
Dr. Kao loves to travel, has been to over 50 countries, and has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Besides English, he is fluent in French and Spanish. He enjoys chess, photography, swimming and ocean sports, such as surfing and scuba diving.
Quality time with his family is paramount with him. His wife is also a physician at Kaiser Permanente and they are happy to be able to live in and raise their children here in Hawaii.
Bachelor of Arts (Biology), Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, NY
Diplomate, American Board of Surgery
|Honors & Awards||
International Medicine Award 2001: Center for Disease Control, Taipei, Taiwan
Peace Corps, Rural Health Educator, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa