University Lecturer:

Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Branches University San Jose, California USA

Professional Work:
  • Doctor and Acupuncturist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California since 1998
  • Masters of Medicine in Internal Medicine in 1988 – Beijing Thoracic Tumor Institute, Capital Medical University
  • PhD in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) – Five Branches University, San Jose CA
  • Lesley David Burgess Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the government of Santa Clara County, California USA for his “thoughtful, careful and comprehensive care to many thousands of patients afflicted with HIV” using Traditional Chinese Medicine.

About Professor. Robert Yizhong Yao:

  • Professor at Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Branches University USA
  • Doctor and Acupuncturist at Permanente Medical Center, California
  • Visiting Professor at the International Institute of Jing Fang, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine

Specialty:

  • Jing Fang

Yizhong Yao is a professor at Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Branches University in San Jose, California, USA. He is also a visiting professor at International Institute of Jing Fang in Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China. He has been working as a doctor and acupuncturist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California since 1998.

Prof. Yao started his preliminary Chinese Medicine learning in early yea
rs, following Dr. Zhu Yi Shi of Shanghai Zhu Jia Wan Community Clinic and Dr. Gu He Ming of Shanghai Hua Chao Communal Clinic.  He later attended in Shanghai Health School and the Advanced Study Program, studying Western and Chinese Medicine, and completed his residency trainings in Shanghai 6th People’s Hospital and Shanghai Second Pulmonary Hospital after graduation.

He continued his studies at Beijing Thoracic Tumor Institute, Capital Medical University, where he earned his Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine in 1988. In 1990, a scholarship from ICSC-World Laboratory enabled him join the Palermo University School of Medicine in Italy as a visiting scientist.  From 1991 to 1994, he got his second scholarship for Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as a visiting scholar.

Professor Yao furthered his studies in US and became a Licensed Acupuncturist in California in 1995. He practiced initially in Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford University affiliated Hospital and later joined Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. In 2013 he earned a PhD in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from Five Branches University, San Jose, CA. His doctoral dissertation adviser was Professor Huang Huang, one of the most well-known Jing Fang Masters who is now the Dean of the International Institute of Jing Fang at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.

He carried out his TCM apprenticeship at Classic Formula Clinic in Nanjing University of TCM under Professor Huang Huang’s mentorship from 2008 to 2013 through intermittently clinic learning and close communications. He is also one of a few certified apprentices of Professor Wang Qi, a National Grand Master of TCM in China.

Prof. Yao’s various honors include the Lesley David Burgess Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the government of Santa Clara County, California, USA for his “thoughtful, careful and comprehensive care to many thousands of patients afflicted with HIV” using Traditional Chinese Medicine.

For over 30 years, he has published numerous clinical research reports and articles, some of which are on Jing Fang.

Professor Yao is also fluent in English and medical terms of English. He had studied in English major in East China Normal University and graduated in 1982.

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