Dr. Yi Kao, MD

Dr. Yi Kao, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat  |  
Male  |  
Age 64
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Dr. Yi Kao, MD is an otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in State College, PA and has been practicing for 35 years. He graduated from Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ in 1976 and specializes in ear, nose, and throat.

2505 Green Tech Dr Ste C

State College, PA 16803

Contact Information

(814) 231-7750

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • UPMC

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Top Care Areas


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very high
more than 99% of peers
Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Chronic Sinusitis
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated


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  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cochlear Implant Insertion
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Pennsylvania.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Portsmouth Naval Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kao has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kao's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kao to family and friends
based on 17 total reviews (5 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (17)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Kao's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

in State College, PA
Dr Kao doesn't use anesthesia when doing the "clean out" second step of a nasal surgery. It's extremely uncomfortable and painful. When trying to communicate my concern, he responded angrily. I would drive to Hershey if you care about pain.
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in Rebersburg, PA
I would rate my experience with Dr. Kao 5/5 except that it was only after surgery that I was informed that the stent is considered experimental and not covered by insurance. I suppose I will be more vigilant next time I have surgical work done.
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in PA
I have been seeing Dr Kao for many years but I no longer see him. The last time I called to get an appointment for a severe sinus infection with facial swelling the women at the front desk told me I would have to wait for 2 months. I explained that Dr Kao tells me to get in right away so he can...more
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in State College, PA
I cannot recommend Dr. Kao enough. I first consulted with other physicians partnered within my primary care group. I'm so glad I opted for a second opinion because the endoscopic sinus surgery to repair my deviated septum was a breeze (compared to other recommendation of separate nose job and...more
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in Cranford, NJ
Having tried to make an appt for my college student, in most conversations, the staff was indifferent and not at all understanding nor caring. Having finally received an appt, this doctor was unprofessional, perhaps he thought he could speak to a student with less respect because a parent was not...more
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