Dr. Kenneth Kao completed his general surgery training at UCLA Medical Center, and continued with plastic surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center, where he was chief resident.After college, he was a Peace Corps volunteer, which helped him appreciate even more the power of plastic surgery to improve quality of life for so many people around the world. For example, a cleft lip, which may seem to be primarily a cosmetic concern, may actually create a huge burden on a child, his or her family, and their community. During his training as a general surgeon, Dr. Kenneth further learned how congenital defects, cancer, or trauma could adversely affect patients. Breast cancer survivors taught him to appreciate that quality of life could be as important as quantity of life. To address these issues, he chose to become a plastic surgeon to help make people whole again, through both reconstructive and aesthetic principles and techniques.