Dura Resources for Neurosurgery Residents

Kevin Chao, M.D.


Kevin received his undergraduate degree in biology at Caltech and his medical degree from UC San Diego. He has received grant support to perform research in the areas of plant genetics, neurodevelopmental biology, and regenerative medicine.  Kevin completed an internship in product design at a Palo Alto-based design consulting firm, IDEO, where he worked on a new minimally invasive spine surgery system.  In 2010, he formed a startup company with several Stanford engineers around a no-scar surgical device. His interests include medical device innovation, translational medicine, and health policy. Outside of work, Kevin is an avid swimmer and has competed in several triathlons. He enjoys traveling, reading, eating good food, and learning new things.


2006-2012 Resident in Neurological Surgery, Stanford University
2008-2010 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellow
2005-2006 General Surgery Internship, Stanford University
2001-2005 MD, UC San Diego
1996-2000 BS Biology, Caltech

Research Interests: Minimally invasive surgical techniques; Neuroendoscopy; Medical devices

Program Completion: 2012


2010 National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Advanced E-Team Grant
2010 CSNS Socioeconomic Fellowship
2009 Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Grant Award
2009 GlaxoSmithKline JP and Danyele Garnier Award (Stanford Graduate School of Business)
2009 Kauffman Entrepreneurship Pediatric Medical Device Innovation Fellowship
2008 Stanford Biodesign Lucille Salter Packard/Ken and Ann Lawler Fellow
2003 Stein Institute of Research on Aging (SIRA) Research Award
2002 National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship
2000 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
2000 Japan Summer Intern Fellowship Toray Pharmaceuticals (Kamakura, Japan)
1998 Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowshiop
1997 Alhambra High School Valedictorian


Contact Info: Kevin Chao [kchao1]

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