Dr. Gao is the Chief Resident (PGY-6) in the Integrated Plastic Surgery Program at University of Pennsylvania, the top program in the nation for Reconstructive Microsurgery. She is experienced in all aspects of microsurgical reconstruction, including post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, head and neck defects after oncologic resection or traumatic injury, in addition to upper and lower limb salvage with complex free tissue transfers. She is pursuing her CAQH with additional training at the Upper Extremity and Microsurgical Fellowship at Stanford University. Not only is she committed to delivering outstanding care to those patients with the most complex defects, she is a compassionate and dedicated physician.
2016 - present
Instructor in Surgery
2011 - present
Assistant Instructor in Surgery
2017 - 2018
Upper Extremity and Microsurgery Fellowship
2012 - 2017
Integrate Plastic Surgery Training Program
University of Pennsylvania
2007 - 2011
MD - Harvard Medical School
Dr. Gao focuses on research aimed to improve patient outcomes and optimize system-based cost containment by investigating patient reported outcomes after breast reconstruction and with cost-effectiveness research of microsurgical reconstruction.
Gao LL, Basta MN, Kanchwala SK, Serletti JM, Low D, Wu LC. “Cost Effectiveness of
Microsurgical Reconstruction of Head and Neck Defects after Microsurgical Reconstruction.” Paper presented at: 94th annual meeting of American Association of Plastic Surgeons; Apr 11-
14 2015; Scottsdale, AZ.
Gao LL, Basta MN, Kovach SJ, Fischer JF. “Cost-Utility Analysis of Ventral Hernia Repair
With a Bridging Biologic Mesh.” Paper presented at: 95th annual meeting of American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Jan 12-19; New York, NY.