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.
Dr. Amith Reddy was born and raised in southern India. He migrated to Saint Louis, Missouri, a cityhe is proud to call his hometown. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Saint LouisUniversity. He subsequently matriculated at Creighton University School of Medicine.He returned tohis hometown where he completed his General Surgery residency at Saint Louis University Hospitaland served as the administrative chief resident.
He has published research focused on improving diagnostic accuracy of endoscopic findings indetecting pancreatic malignancy, as well as evaluating the efficacy of re-do anti reflux surgery inpatients who failed initial operation. He eventually saw the light and discovered his calling forVascular Surgery.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, working out, exploring microbreweries andlistening to NPR. He credits his father for his sense of humor, his mother for his worth ethic, and hiswife for everything else in between.
He is excited and grateful for the opportunity to train at the University of Colorado, and is lookingforward to calling Denver his new home.