About Nora Cao, MD

Dr. Nora Cao is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery. She treats children with a wide range of orthopedic conditions and injuries including hip dysplasia, scoliosis, congenital limb deformities, upper and lower extremity fractures and neuromuscular disorders. She sees patients at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Dr. Cao received her undergraduate and master's degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from University of Pennsylvania. She earned her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Tufts Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program in Boston, MA. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery, with a special focus on hip preservation surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY.

Dr. Cao has published many peer-reviewed articles and presented her research at multiple medical conferences. In her free time, Dr. Cao is a food enthusiast who enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and young daughter.

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Children's Orthopaedics Service
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 3E
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-8523
Fax: 617-724-0551

Mass General for Children at Newton Wellesley Hospital
978 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: 617-726-8523

Medical Education

  • MD, George Washington University
  • Residency, Tufts Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery

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Dr. Cao's research interests include treatment of hip dysplasia and surgical outcome of periacetabular osteotomies, surgical hip dislocations and pediatric scoliosis.


  • Select publications:

    • Heyer JH, Cao N, Amdur RL, Rao RR. Postoperative Complications Following Orthopedic Spine Surgery: Is There a Difference Between Men and Women? Int J Spine Surg. 2019 Apr 30;13(2):125-131. doi: 10.14444/6017. PMID: 31131211; PMCID: PMC6510181.
    • Cao N, Ruchelsman D. Ch. 28 Open Ulnar Nerve Decompression/Subcutaneous Transposition at the Elbow, Hand Surgery: Tricks of the Trade, edited by Pedro Beredjiklian, published by Thieme, 2020.
    • Jin SY, Tohyama J, Bauer RC, Cao N, Rader DJ, Zheng XL. Genetic ablation of Adamts13 gene dramatically accelerates the formation of early atherosclerosis in a murine model. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2012 Aug;32(8):1817-23. doi:10.1161/ATVBAHA.112.247262. Epub 2012 May 31. PMID: 22652598; PMCID: PMC3422623.

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