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Yuan Gao, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Education and Data Science

Yuan Gao
About Me

Research Interests

  • Educational technologies to facilitate active learning
  • Anatomy


As a teacher, I believe that imparting knowledge to students is just the beginning of their learning journey. I aim to not only enhance their intelligence but also provide them with new perspectives that broaden their understanding of the world. I see learning as an enjoyable and transformative experience where students can grow and develop their critical thinking skills.

To create a positive learning environment, I make sure that my students feel comfortable enough to express their needs and opinions. This not only helps them retain the material better but also makes the learning experience more meaningful and enjoyable.

I also utilize various technologies in my classroom to make lessons interactive and engaging. By using tools like the iPad, Polleverythere, H5P, and clinical case discussions, I am able to break away from traditional lectures and provide students with hands-on experiences that allow them to apply their knowledge in real-life problem-solving scenarios.

My ultimate goal as a teacher is to equip my students with the critical thinking skills and evidence-based problem-solving strategies they need to excel as physicians in the future. I am dedicated to fostering a classroom environment that inspires creativity, encourages asking questions, and helps students take ownership of their learning journey.

Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • MD, Xiangya School of Medicine, China
  • MS, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA


  • American Association of Anatomists

Additional Publications

Gao, Y, Parra Vitela A, Ransom A, Alturkustani S, Reynolds A, Miller C, Nieto L, Ettarh R, (2017) Improving the quality of prosected limbs in gross anatomy by dissecting under water. Accepted FASEB meeting, 2017.

Gao, Y. Using technologies to enhance active learning. Accepted WFC-ACC conference, 2022.

Gao, Y., Billard, J., Kettner, N. Anatomical variation of the cervical sympathetic trunk: A case report. Accepted ACC-RAC conference, 2023.

Hu, A., Chen, Z., Liu, C., Gao, Y., Deng, C., & Liu, X.(2022). Incidence and Prognosis Nomogram of Small Solitary Lung Cancer (≤2 cm) With Extra-Thoracic Metastasis at Initial Diagnosis: A Population-Based Study. Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, 29, 10732748221141560.

Hu, X. Hu, S. Hu, C.H., Liu, X., M. F., Xie, J., Tang, C., Zhong, P., Fan, D., Gao, Y. Lin, H., Liu, C.. (2023). Tumor regression rate, PD-L1 expression, pembrolizumab/nab-paclitaxel-based regimens, squamous cell carcinoma and comorbidities were independently associated with efficacy of neoadjuvant chemoimmunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer. Frontier in Oncology Cancer Immunity and Immunotherapy,