Olivia S. Ho, M.D., M.S., FRCSC

  1. Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Olivia Ho completed her medical school training at McMaster University in Canada. She then completed her residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. She is Board Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

She has further developed her interests in Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgical Reconstruction with two full fellowships. Her first fellowship was in Breast Reconstruction and Microsurgery with the Harvard Medical School and Plastic Surgery Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston which included breast cancer and reconstruction, breast aesthetic surgery, and gender affirmation surgery. This was followed by a second fellowship in Comprehensive Microsurgery including Oncologic, Traumatic and Lymphedema Reconstruction at the world-renowned Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan where she trained under the fields' pioneers and experts.

She combined her clinical interests in surgery with education and research by pursuing two Masters degrees. She obtained her Master of Medical Science at the Chang Gung University in Taiwan and her Master of Public Health at Harvard University.

Dr. Ho's primary practice focus is in complex reconstruction in head & neck, breast, trunk, extremity, and lymphedema reconstruction. Dr. Ho's research interests focus on outcomes research, health services research, and quality improvement in microsurgery and breast, head and neck, extremity, and lymphedema reconstruction.

  1. Breast cancer-related lymphedema
  2. Lymphedema
  1. Breast reconstruction
  2. Breast reconstruction with breast implants
  3. Breast reconstruction with flap surgery
  4. Breast reduction
  5. Breast surgery
  6. Cosmetic surgery
  7. Facial fracture repair
  8. Facial reconstruction
  9. Fat grafting
  10. Free flap
  11. Gender reassignment surgery
  12. Gynecomastia surgery
  13. Hand surgery
  14. Head and neck reconstruction
  15. Microvascular reconstruction
  16. Microvascular surgery
  17. Skin cancer excision
  18. Skin cancer reconstruction
  • Breast reconstruction and restoration
  • Head and neck reconstruction
  • Extremity reconstruction
  • Skin cancer reconstruction
  • Lymphedema
  • Perforator flaps
  • Microsurgery
  • Health services research
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Quality improvement initiatives and research
  1. 2020
    MPHHarvard School of Public Health
  2. 2017
    Fellowship - Comprehensive Microsurgery & Oncology, Trauma, Lymphedema ReconstructionChang Gung Memorial Hospital
  3. 2017
    MMedSc - International Master of Science Program in Reconstructive MicrosurgeryChang Gung University
  4. 2015
    Diploma - Clinical EffectivenessHarvard School of Public Health
  5. 2015
    Fellowship - Microsurgery and Breast Reconstructive SurgeryHarvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  6. 2014
    Residency - Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of Toronto
  7. 2009
    MDMcMaster University
  8. 2006
    BHS - BHScMcMaster University

Awards and honors

  1. 2013
    Best Scientific Paper Award, Group for the Advancement of Microsurgery (GAM) Annual MeetingGroup for the Advancement of Microsurgery (GAM)
  2. 2013
    Best Clinical Paper Award, University of Toronto Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Resident Research DayUniversity of Toronto, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  3. 2007
    The McMaster Plaque AwardMcMaster University
  4. 2007
    Academic Achievement Award, Varsity FencingOntario University Athletics (OUA)
  5. 2007
    Marauders Scholar Award, Varsity FencingMcMaster University
  6. 2006
    Academic Achievement Award, Varsity FencingOntario University Athletics (OUA)
  7. 2006
    Marauders Scholar Award, Varsity FencingMcMaster University
  8. 2006
    Dean's Honour ListMcMaster University
  9. 2005
    The Yates ScholarshipMcMaster University
  10. 2005
    Chenille "M" AwardMcMaster University
  11. 2005
    Academic Achievement Award, Varsity FencingOntario University Athletics (OUA)
  12. 2005
    Marauders Scholar Award, Varsity FencingMcMaster University
  13. 2005
    Dean's Honour ListMcMaster University
  14. 2004
    Academic Achievement Award, Varsity FencingOntario University Athletics (OUA)
  15. 2004
    Marauders Scholar Award, Varsity FencingMcMaster University
  16. 2004
    Dean's Honour ListMcMaster University
  17. 2003
    Physics Book PrizeMcMaster University
  18. 2003
    Dean's Honour ListMcMaster University
  19. 2002
    McMaster Honours AwardMcMaster University
  20. 2002
    Gold Duke of Edinburgh's AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  21. 2001
    Silver Duke of Edinburgh's AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  22. 2000
    Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - present
    Active MemberWomen's Health Clinic Advisory Leadership Committee
  2. 2017
    ExaminerObjective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), McMaster University
  3. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  4. 2014 - present
    MemberRoyal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada
  5. 2007 - 2008
    Co-ChairSurgery Interest Group (SIG), McMaster University
  6. 2006 - 2009
    MemberSurgery Interest Group (SIG), McMaster University
  7. 2006 - 2007
    Vice PresidentMedical Student Council, McMaster University
  8. 2006 - 2007
    Team CaptainVarsity Fencing, McMaster University
  9. 2006 - 2007
    Class RepresentativeMichael G. DeGroote Medical School, McMaster University
  10. 2005 - 2007
    MemberMcMaster Athletics Council, McMaster University
  11. 2005 - 2006
    EducatorHealth & Wellness Center, McMaster University
  12. 2005 - 2006
    Fundraising CoordinatorMcMaster University Chapter, Relay for Life, Canadian Cancer Society
  13. 2003 - 2007
    Team MemberVarsity Fencing, McMaster University

Publications