Deborah Kado


Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) and, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health

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Additional Languages Spoken:
French , Spanish


Dr. Kado is a board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor specializing in geriatrics. She serves as co-director of the Stanford Longevity Center. She is a professor of medicine and chief of research for the Geriatrics Section in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and Population Health. She is also the Director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

For each patient, Dr. Kado prepares a personalized care plan. Her objective is to help all individuals maintain the best possible health and quality of life as they age.

A special interest of Dr. Kado is bone health. She has conducted extensive research focused on osteoporosis and the related disorder hyperkyphosis.
Since joining the UCLA faculty in 2000, she has received continuous funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications of her research findings in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Osteoporosis International, Journal of Gerontology and Medical Sciences, Journal of Geriatric Oncology, Nature Communications, and other peer-reviewed journals.

In 2007, she defined hyperkyphosis as a new geriatric syndrome. Her discoveries in this field were first featured in the American College or Physician’s premier internal medicine journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Later, they also appeared in a dedicated chapter in UpToDate, the electronic resource providing evidence-based clinical decision support for doctors worldwide.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Kado practiced at UC San Diego where she started a dedicated osteoporosis clinic for patient care and research. She later broadened her research interests beyond musculoskeletal aging to study other aging-related topics such as the gut microbiome in older men and the effects of cancer treatments on aging in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Dr. Kado is a California native. She trained at UCSF and UCLA. She also earned a Master of Science degree in epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, sponsored by the John Hartford Foundation.

She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, Gerontological Society of America, The Endocrine Society, and other professional organizations. She co-chairs the NIH National Institute on Aging Workshop for the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. She also participates in the Bone Health Working Group of the Society for Women’s Health Research.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2020)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine (2000)
  • Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles; UCLA Division of Geriatrics (2000) CA
  • Residency: Harbor UCLA Internal Medicine Residency (1995) CA
  • Medical Education: Weill Cornell Medical College (1991) NY

Awards & Memberships
  • Fellow, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (2020)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chief of Geriatrics Research, Stanford University School of Medicine (2021 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Longevity Center (2021 - 2024)
  • Director, Advanced Training in Geriatrics Fellowship, GRECC, Veterans Administration, Palo Alto, CA (2021 - Present)


Practice Locations

SHC- Senior Care Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Rd

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 725-5222

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Excellent doctor! Knowledgeable, personable, kind and caring.
Dr. Deborah Kado is excellent is excellent in every category. I am grateful that Dr. Lydia Shapira referred me to a geriatric internist interenist
She is one of the best doctor I have!
Love Dr. Kado. She’s the best!
She has been a wonderful doctor for me. I will really miss her and wish her the best in her new ventures. She is a good listener and communicater and very caring person.
She is an excellent doctor.
Excellent physician. Listens, explains, takes the time necessary to answer questions and discuss all lab and test results and issues regarding her recommdations. Unfortunately she will not be taking Osteoporosis patients anymore. I hope Stanford has a physician with her qualifications and personal style to replace her.
Dr Kado is one of the best doctors I have.
I like that she explains alternatives for treatments and their pros-and-cons
Great Physician and person.
Dr. Kado is thorough, knowledgeable, professional, kind, very easy to talk to, gave me all the time I needed, answered all of my questions and I am so grateful.
She is a great Dr and explains everything very well and easy to understand. She listens and answers your questions. She is an exceptional doctor.
I like my video visit with Dr. Kado. Very much. Ot couldn’t have been done any better!
Dr. Kado provided exceptional care. This was only my second visit with her and we already developed a care plan that I am most confident will improve my health going forward. Based on her knowledge & expertise I was given options that were thoroughly explained in order for me to make an informed decision. So thankful.
Took the time to understand my medical history. Good listener.
Thank you very much for really listening!
Dr Kado is top notch. Refreshing to find a specialist that spends the time to explain options and wants to work with you on a plan.
Stanford is an excellent medical facility with extremely knowledgeable providers.
Superb communicator. Treats patient with respect. Appears interested in patient and is willing to seek patient comments and concerns. Instills confidence in patient.
Dr. Kado was extremely thorough and offered good advice.
Excellent nice doctor.
she was great very helpful
Fabulous doctor
Good afternoon. It was a pleasure meeting and talking with you today. Needless to say it was a huge relief to find out that my brain is working well. I appreciated the manner in which you communicated. See my general comments which apply to both you and Dr. Elder. Much easier to keep my positive outlook after today's appointment with you. Thanks again.
Dr.Kado is proficient and empathetic. She gives you her time and tries to come with solutionsto your medical problems. Thank you, Dr.Kado!
Very pleased . Everything was very smooth . Highly pleased with the staff and the doctor’s approach. On the whole everything was very good
Dr Kado is very easy and comfortable to talk to. She really pays attention to all my concerns and symptoms first, no matter how small, then gives her opinion based on that. She is patient and I don’t feel rushed or hesitant about asking too many questions. She is also very responsive with any and all correspondence. Also she is always prepared for our appts so I don’t feel like I have to relate my whole medical history each time.
I enjoyed talking with Dr Kado, and am happy to be working with her about my care going forward.
Took the time the review my medical history
Excellent visit. Very thorough. Explained very well.
Thorough and understanding
She is a wonderful Dr and I like her very much. She understands my issues very well and I trust her to give me the best care I could get. She is very personable and has a good sense of humor. I know she will do everything possible to take good care of me.
Deborah Kado is an excellent doctor. She explains things thoroughly and takes her time in answering questions I had.
Great doctor
She is a very caring physician. She makes me feel very comfortable. I really like Dr. Kado
Informative, respectful, non-judgmental talks time to explain
She takes a lot of time, listens and answers all your questions.
I was impressed by, and appreciative of, the careful and thorough evaluation I received from Dr. Kado.
She was exceptionally nice and very easy to communicate with.
I am not a medical professional; nevertheless, according to my judgment, the doctor doing the intake interview was thorough. She was elder- friendly.
Beyond helpful & knowledgeable, listened to and understood my concerns and provided realistic, easy to understand advice.
Dr. Kaod is absolutely the best. She cares about the well being of her patients and ensure that all questions and concerns are addressed.
i am very happy getting excellent treatment from Deborah Kado .
She is very busy and her schedule is very full. Be prepared to wait several months to get an apointment.
Dr. Kado is amazing, in one hour she analyzed my case, proposed options, and came up with a plan.

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