Michelle Thi Cao

Pulmonary critical care specialist, Sleep specialist

Clinical Professor, Medicine - Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Sleep Medicine

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Dr. Michelle Cao is board certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. Dr. Cao's clinical expertise includes home assisted ventilation for chronic respiratory failure, complex sleep related breathing disorders, and obstructive/central sleep apnea.

Professional Summary

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


Specializing In

  • Respiratory Disorders in Neuromuscular Disease

Practice Locations

Chest Clinic in Palo Alto Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Room A175

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 725-7061

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Chest Clinic in Emeryville Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA

5800 Hollis Street

Emeryville , CA 94608

(510) 806-2100

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(136 reviews)

She's a great doctor!
I feel lucky to have found her.
Dr. Cao is warm and very competent. She has taken great care of me.
I like her very much and look forward to having her as my sleep and pulmonologist along with a new Stanford pulmonary hypertension MD some time in 2022.
She gave good advice
Excellent, thoughtful and caring. Extremely thorough. 10/10
She is a caring doctor and good listener. Always answers all of my questions and concerns.
Took time to get medical history and understand what lifestyle we live. Helped us to understand what living with ALS will be like.
She's great
Great doctor! Very helpful and very knowledgeable!
She's a good doctor. Very knowledgeable about who's working in the pulmonology field, and who best to refer folks to.
She gave me a thorough report on where I stand now and the best next steps. She went over possibilities that might occur if we did something more invasive sooner. She spoke clearly, covered all basis and although this was scary information she really did deliver the information in a kind and caring way.
Micheiie Cao, is wonderfull,very caring, Dr,Michelle Cao pays attention and listens to you I think she's cool,
She is very nice and helpful Thank u so mush about everything u do it for my daughter
Very personable. Uses "everyday" language for those not in the medical field.
Dr Cao is a superb physician.
I look forward to our next visit at her convenience!
Very informative visit.
Dr Cao was qt clear, to explain the things.
She's great. Very candid, genuine and I feel confident that she's giving me the best care.
Thank you for your generous wishes and best wishes to you for your future
You are the best thank you Dr. Cao for helping us keep our father alive.
exceptional, caring doctor! Has gone above and beyond for me over the years and helped me enormously
For approx 5 years Dr Cao has been my Sleep Doctor at Stanford Sleep Clinic. Always excellent Doctor.
Listens, offers information freely, answers questions patiently, offers recomendations and solutions to issues as needed. Has a plan to replace (if possible) the current Philips breathing machine and will notify as soon as she has answers.
Dr Cao is a great doctor. She is clear and factual, is analytical and logical, and communicates well. She also obviously has great technical competence and good bedside manner, and gives clear, honest, direct and practical advice.
Dr. Cao is an excellent and caring doctor.
Answers all my questions.
She is a great doctor
A great doctor, experienced expert.
She’s is alway professional and pleasant.
She is a very thorough and thoughtful doctor. I appreciate her thoroughness and how she makes sure to follow up with all my other doctors.
Very helpful, nice, professional and thorough.
She's great and answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns
It's always a pleasure meeting with Dr. Cao. She is very attentive, cares about me and my condition and is always available to provide guidance and information for me to be more educated about my condition and treatment. Great doctor!
The Best!!
Very good visit with information I needed to hear thank you
Competent, pleasant doctor.
An excellent doc. Answers my questions in detail. Is very approachable.
Michelle Cao is kind, professional and very efficient.
Dr. Cao was informative and thorough. She provided good examples to understand some of the medical issues that may be presenting.
All went well.Michelle is very kind.
She was great!
Dr. Cao is superb.
Dr. Cao is excellent in every way and I say that as a retired physician
dr. Cao is the best.
The dr. was very nice & concerned about my care. Fellow was a bit stand off but busy making sure everything was correct w/visit.
i have already recommended dr cao to others. michelle is extremely bright, effective, customer-oriented, trustworthy and professional. i could not imagine a doctor i trusted respected and appreciated more.
great physician
My Dr./Care Provider was great & cared about me & my concerns! Very grateful!
Dr. Cao was excellent. She discussed the issues thoroughly, gave good opinions, and expressed her thoughts with kindness.
I appreciated that Michelle matched my personality and communication style. I like lots of explanation and details, she realized this very quickly and explained everything very thoroughly.
Dr. Cao always goes beyond & plus! To give my wonderful husband her time knowledge & care she is AMAZING!!
Extraordinary care, great kindness, great knowledge of the problems Dr. Cao did a wonderful job. I am delighted with her care. Robert B. Matthews, MD.
My experience was very good. #1. A doctor.
Very good doctor.
Dr. Cao is an amazing doc.
Wonderful experience.
This doctor was very nice! However, I have been there 3 times and never see the same person. Therefore, I have to reexplain everything to each person. I don't feel there is any continuity of care.
Dr. Cao always takes her time with my boys. She has been an amazing provider for years.
Dr. Cao is wonderful! I'm very grateful and happy to have Dr. Cao on my case.
My experience at Stanford was outstanding. The people were kind cring and most efficient
Doctors were very nice and attentive.
Dr Cao is excellent.
The doctor was attentive and gave us time to think of any questions we might have.
I am always so happy to go there because I know I won't get treated like at some private dr.'s offices.
I would recommend Dr. Cao in a heartbeat. At this point, I could not recommend going to Stanford
very satisfied!
My experience with your new facility in Redwood City has been amazing. Everyone whether on the phone or in person has been extremely friendly & will go out of their way to help you.
Dr Cao is an amazing physician. She is caring compassionate and truly understands sleep medicine along with other medical conditions. She escorted me out and helped me to get the process going for getting approval for a sleep study with my insurance company. The scheduler found an appointment for me sooner than I thought, which was great. Wonderful customer service.
Dr. Cao is an excellent doctor.
Dr Day is the best doctor I've encountered in my 68 years. It is wonderful to have a world leader in his field right here in Palo Alto.
Dr. Cao spoke too fast.
Dr. M Cao was largely speaking to her medical counter parts rather than to me - I did not feel I was heard. I most certainly felt talked AT vs a part of the process. Heard so much about Stanford - quite disappointed.
Provider helped me through the whole test to get me to do it right.
Dr. Cao was great!!!
Thanks! God bless you!
I love the are I get from Stanford the BEST
Doctor spent a good amount of time talking about the tests and treatment options.
Dr. Cao & Dr. Singh take EXCELLENT care of me. Thank you SO MUCH!
DR. CAO is an amazing doctor.
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.
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.
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.
All good!
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.
Everything was explained & was treated as a person and not a number.
I really liked how I felt like there was enough time to answer questions.
Great bedside manner and conern. Very professional....and answered question that I had in a confident way. I have great trust on her care.
clear, concise explanation and good concern in answering my questions
Dr. Z was exemplary and Dr. Cao was great too.
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.
Everytime when I came all people were welcome.
Dr. Z is very professional and empathetic.
Dr. Cso is absolutely superlative in every respect
Both Dr. Cao and Dr. Nguyen were excellent.
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.
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!
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.
Very courteous, very interested, listened & discussed very well. Gave clear explanations, showed real concern for my well being.
My doctor had left Stanford and I was concerned. The people I interacted with were professional, knowledgeable and put me at ease.
my doctors are the most informative I have ever encountered
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.
Got the advice we needed.
Dr Cao is an excellent physician. She takes time to explain things, is pleasant, and overall is very professional. Highly recommended!
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.
Very good!
Very hospitable staff. From start, to finish. Everyone shows a lot of compassion for your comfort.
Dr. Michelle Cao is one of the best doctors I have ever seen.
Doctor was great and helped me schedule next appt.
Extremely knowledgeable & professional. She gave excellent information & asked good questions.
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.
Not sure about what F/U entails. Do I need to bring CPAP machine,...? Dr. Cao runs hot & cold, but I like & trust her.
Excellent; gave us more time than allotted very personable & friendly.
Dr. Cao is just plain terrific
She was more likely to snicker at my problems. Was hard to discern sincerity.
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!!
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.
Dr. Michelle Cao is a tremendous doctor who is very caring regarding my issues - very knowledgeable.
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 -
Dr Cao is an excellent Doctor. Good listener and communicator. She was very thorough in her explanations.
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.
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.
The doctor could have better bedside manner. Seemed more interested in facts.
Most of my time was with the Fellow as opposed to the named provider.
Dr. Jonelis was excellent and was very thorough. I only saw Dr. Cao for a short time, but she was also excellent.
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
Not enough time with doc. Intern is great, though.
Very pleased.
A - OK.
Good, no problems!
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.
Dr. Cao is "the best" extremely knowledgeable & caring towards her patients.

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