Cao is the new surgeon offering care at both Floyd Valley Hospital, in Le Mars, and Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center, in Sioux Center.
His general surgery services include procedures such as abdominal surgery, including hernias and removing gall bladders and appendixes.
Cao said he likes all aspects of the profession: evaluation of the patient prior surgery, the surgery and caring for the patient after surgery.
"Seeing them recover from their surgery is very rewarding," he said.
Cao's been offering general surgery services in Le Mars for approximately six weeks.
The work includes weekly clinics each Thursday at Floyd Valley Hospital.
He is the third general surgeon at the Le Mars hospital -- expanding on general surgery work already provided by Dr. Mark Stelzer and Dr. Shahid Naqvi.
Cao's main office will be in Sioux Center
He and his family moved to Sioux Center after he graduated from Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, in Denver, Colo.
He completed his general surgery residency program in Colorado in June.
The surgeon also shares time at the hospital with Stelzer, Naqvi and other specialists by being available for care when surgeons are called in outside traditional work schedules.
Cao and his family moved to Sioux Center after he graduated from Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, in Denver, Colo.
The move came when he completed his general surgery residency program in June.
His wife, Laura Truitt, is a native of Nevada, Iowa, near Ames.
Laura said her mother and grandmother live in Sheldon.
"We've lived in Denver the past nine years," Laura said, "This was an opportunity to get closer to family now that we've got young children."
The couple has two sons. Isaac is 4 years old and Lucas is 2.