Dr. Gary Kao is a dedicated fellowship-trained Interventional Pain Physician with a background in Anesthesiology. He was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California and his studies have brought him all over the United States. His interest in neural signaling and pharmacological pathways began on the East Coast at Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. While there he also developed an interest and minored in Latin American studies after studying abroad in Bolivia and Argentina. This culminated in a year abroad working for the Spanish Ministry of Education prior to medical school.
He eventually found himself in the South in New Orleans where he received his M.D. at the Tulane University School of Medicine and stayed to complete an internship year in Internal Medicine. Having developed a taste for the South, he continued onto Atlanta for residency training in Anesthesiology at the reputable Emory University School of Medicine. During his time there he was involved in the Political Action Committee and also presented on studies for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in and out of the operating rooms.
Fellowship then brought Dr. Kao to New York City where he gained foundational knowledge in pain management and specialized training in procedural interventions. During this time he has served as an instructor in ultrasound interventions at a national conference and has also published in a peer-reviewed journal specializing in Interventional Pain Management. He has been an involved member in the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), Spine Intervention Society (SIS), American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), and North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).
Though his training is broad, Dr. Kao has a particular interest in minimally invasive procedures to treat various chronic pain conditions utilizing X-ray Fluoroscopy and advanced ultrasound techniques. He also has a special interest in radiofrequency ablations, kyphoplasties, and spinal cord stimulation. As a carefully selected participant for the mentoring program in the North American Neuromodulation Society, he is on the forefront of innovation and emerging technology. He offers the most advanced techniques in spinal cord stimulation and considers it an excellent, minimally-invasive alternative to surgery and traditional treatment for back pain, leg pain, sciatica, neuropathy, and CRPS. It is also an effective therapy for those who have unremitting pain after spine surgery.
Dr. Kao’s philosophy is simple: first take care of the people. Family, friends, and the community.
He seeks to improve daily function and quality of life while minimizing pain.
He is excited to be in the Sparkling City by the Sea and is looking forward to being an active member in the community. In his spare time, Dr. Kao is an avid traveler, cook, and (rusty) musician. He plans to pick up some water sports and angling as well. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.