Dr. LeslieAnn Kao was born in Milwaukee, WI, and was raised in Columbus, WI, a small town near Madison. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Northwestern University, where she double-majored in Biological Sciences and Science in Human Culture.
Dr. Kao completed her general surgery residency at, and received her medical degree from, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. During her surgical residency, Dr. Kao capitalized on her broad training by pursuing varied research interests, leading to presentations and publications on topics such as breast surgery, trauma, critical care, vascular surgery, and mindfulness in surgical training. Additionally, after discovering her love of vascular surgery as a PGY-3, Dr. Kao directed the majority of her clinical and research interests toward her future specialty.
Outside of work, Dr. Kao enjoys spending time outdoors, running, hiking and skiing. She and her husband love to travel and try new foods, as well as hang out with their beagle-lab mix, Izzy.
Dr. Kao is thrilled to be living in Colorado for the first time, and she looks forward to working with all the faculty, staff, residents, and students at the University of Colorado as a vascular surgery fellow.