Michelle Cao

Michelle Cao

Pulmonologist, Pulmonary critical care specialist, Sleep specialist

Bio:   Dr. Cao is board certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. Dr. Cao's clinical expertise includes complex sleep apnea syndromes, advanced modes of PAP therapy, neuromuscular disease and home mechanical ventilation. She sees patients at the Sleep Center and the Neuromuscular Clinic. Her research interests include advanced positive airway pressure devices for complex sleep disordered breathing, opioid induced central sleep apnea, and sleep education.
4.7 out of 5
303 Patient Ratings
59 Patient Comments

Sleep Medicine Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion B, 2nd Floor, MC 5730
  • Redwood City , CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6601
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Neuromuscular Program

Professional Education

  • Medical Education: Western University of Health Sciences -College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (2000) CA
  • Residency: Loma Linda University - School of Medicine (2003) CA
  • Fellowship: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (2007) CA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University - CAPS (2008) CA
  • Board Certification: Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (2006)
  • Board Certification: Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2007)
  • Board Certification: Sleep Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2009)

Administrative Appointments

  • Stanford Sleep Clinic PAP-DME Program Director, Stanford Sleep Medicine Clinic (2012 - Present)
4.7

Friendliness

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.6

Recommended to others

4.4

Wait times

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Thanks! God bless you!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Doctor spent a good amount of time talking about the tests and treatment options.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I love the are I get from Stanford the BEST

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Cao & Dr. Singh take EXCELLENT care of me. Thank you SO MUCH!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

DR. CAO is an amazing doctor.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Cao is magnificent. Extremely knowledgeable & experienced. She thoroughly looks at my sleep data and discusses them with me. I completely trust her. Responds very timely to questions (emails) despite being very busy.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

my doctor was very clear in explaining the current nature of how I was adjusting to my sleep machine. She gave me instructions on how to improve my sleep behavior.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

This was my first appt. with Dr. Cao. She listened to me and had feedback for my questions that made me comfortable - I trust her care. Gave me great info. regarding sleep apnea.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

All good!

SHC Patient, May 2017

I am from out of state, Dr. Cao took me from miss managed care to a place where I will receive the proper care assuming that my home state can follow the plan. I can always email Dr. Cao.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Everything was explained & was treated as a person and not a number.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I really liked how I felt like there was enough time to answer questions.

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4.7 out of 5
303 Patient Ratings
59 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Thanks! God bless you!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Doctor spent a good amount of time talking about the tests and treatment options.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I love the are I get from Stanford the BEST

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Cao & Dr. Singh take EXCELLENT care of me. Thank you SO MUCH!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

DR. CAO is an amazing doctor.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Cao is magnificent. Extremely knowledgeable & experienced. She thoroughly looks at my sleep data and discusses them with me. I completely trust her. Responds very timely to questions (emails) despite being very busy.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

my doctor was very clear in explaining the current nature of how I was adjusting to my sleep machine. She gave me instructions on how to improve my sleep behavior.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

This was my first appt. with Dr. Cao. She listened to me and had feedback for my questions that made me comfortable - I trust her care. Gave me great info. regarding sleep apnea.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

All good!

SHC Patient, May 2017

I am from out of state, Dr. Cao took me from miss managed care to a place where I will receive the proper care assuming that my home state can follow the plan. I can always email Dr. Cao.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Everything was explained & was treated as a person and not a number.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I really liked how I felt like there was enough time to answer questions.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Great bedside manner and conern. Very professional....and answered question that I had in a confident way. I have great trust on her care.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

clear, concise explanation and good concern in answering my questions

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Z was exemplary and Dr. Cao was great too.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Cao is incredible! She accurately diagnosed a neurological issue related to my diabetes that was missed by both my endocrinologist and primary care doctor and got me in to see a neurologist, and a new endocrinologist at Stanford. I am SO grateful.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Everytime when I came all people were welcome.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Z is very professional and empathetic.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Cso is absolutely superlative in every respect

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Both Dr. Cao and Dr. Nguyen were excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Cao in my opinion was not impress with my health issues. She seemed uninterested shown by her body language. Her fellow Dr."D." was excellent, friendly, courteous and professional.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I have been treated by Dr. Michelle Cao for many years. Quite simply she is the best. She is extremely knowledgeable and caring. Takes a lot of time w/me explains issues. The best!

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Michelle Cao is truly outstanding. She takes time to explain everything, to answer all my questions, and to devise a plan for better sleep for me.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Very courteous, very interested, listened & discussed very well. Gave clear explanations, showed real concern for my well being.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

My doctor had left Stanford and I was concerned. The people I interacted with were professional, knowledgeable and put me at ease.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

my doctors are the most informative I have ever encountered

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

This doctor gave me hope that my sleep problems can be helped. She was the first to consider some issues that previous doctors in the sleep clinic either hadn't thought of, or hadn't mentioned.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Got the advice we needed.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr Cao is an excellent physician. She takes time to explain things, is pleasant, and overall is very professional. Highly recommended!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I have had the pleasure of being a patient of Dr. Michele Cao for many years. She is a fantastic doctor. She is extremely knowledgeable about my sleep related issues. She is always patient with me and answers all my questions. She takes extra time to give me advice on other medically related areas, i.e. weight loss and how it would help with my overall health and sleep issues. She is a tremendous asset to Stanford and a great doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very good!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very hospitable staff. From start, to finish. Everyone shows a lot of compassion for your comfort.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Michelle Cao is one of the best doctors I have ever seen.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Doctor was great and helped me schedule next appt.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Extremely knowledgeable & professional. She gave excellent information & asked good questions.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Michelle Cao is quite frankly fantastic. She is extremely smart, talented, extremely knowledgeable. Outstanding dr. who provides me with input regarding not just my sleep related issues, but other health related topics. The best.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Excellent; gave us more time than allotted very personable & friendly.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Not sure about what F/U entails. Do I need to bring CPAP machine,...? Dr. Cao runs hot & cold, but I like & trust her.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Cao is just plain terrific

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

She was more likely to snicker at my problems. Was hard to discern sincerity.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

When I told Dr. Cao of the problems MY HUSBAND was having with his CPAP, she immediately arranged for him to come in for a mask fitting (which we did not know was an option). He has had that and it has made tremendous difference in his sleep!!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Cao understood my issues and was clear in her explanations. She was also very helpful in describing the next steps for me, and helped me get an appointment with Dr. Mamber.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Michelle Cao is a tremendous doctor who is very caring regarding my issues - very knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Pleasant surprised at Dr. Cao's caring attitude and concern about my sleep issue - I thought she might rush or push me into doing a sleep study but she did not. I appreciated this -

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr Cao is an excellent Doctor. Good listener and communicator. She was very thorough in her explanations.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

She came in with arms crossed in front of her chest, standing. She never changed her posture or her gesture until she walked out. She talked like a mother to a child; talked as if she had authority ("Listen, I'm right.") She showed no sympathy that most physicians show to patients.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Chow saw me for an hour and then the second MD came in for less than 5 minutes. The hour was too long and he gave me a brochure on snoring and sleep apnea. This was not my first visit so this was unnecessary information.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

The doctor could have better bedside manner. Seemed more interested in facts.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Most of my time was with the Fellow as opposed to the named provider.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Jonelis was excellent and was very thorough. I only saw Dr. Cao for a short time, but she was also excellent.

SHC Patient, May 2015

I spent a lot of time with the resident who was very good and asked lots of good questions and then the doctor came in for two minutes and asked many of the same questions already asked. seemed inefficient and not well coordinated

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Not enough time with doc. Intern is great, though.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Very pleased.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

A - OK.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Good, no problems!

SHC Patient, May 2014

She was very professional but it took a while to establish a rapport. I ended up feeling good about her but was a little put off at first.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Cao is "the best" extremely knowledgeable & caring towards her patients.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Good.