Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Christopher M.K.L. Yao

August 17, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (August 17, 2020) – Fox Chase Cancer Center announces the hiring of Christopher M.K.L. Yao, MD, FRCSC, who will join the Department of Surgical Oncology as an assistant professor in the academic clinician track in the Division of Head and Neck Surgery.

His clinical focus will be on the management of both benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including advanced skin cancers, salivary gland disease, and thyroid/parathyroid disorders. He also has a particular interest in transoral robotic surgery, complex microvascular reconstruction for head and neck defects, and sentinel lymph node mapping.

Yao is coming to Fox Chase from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he completed a two-year fellowship in advanced head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction. He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and remained there to complete his residency in otolaryngology head and neck surgery. He is certified in the field and an active member of the American Head and Neck Society and the Canadian Society of Otolaryngoloy-Head and Neck Surgery.

Yao is also a reviewer for the Head and Neck Journal and the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Journal. He has presented at international meetings and published in several peer-reviewed journals. Yao has also written book chapters and co-authored a textbook. He is fluent in Cantonese and is interested in quality, outcomes research, and big data.

Yao will begin work at Fox Chase on September 1, 2020.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence five consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.


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