Ming-Chih Kao

Pain physiatrist

Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Statistician and Pain Physician
4.5 out of 5
120 Patient Ratings
9 Patient Comments

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-498-7555
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Pain Management Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
Learn More About the Clinic » Getting Here » Make An Appointment

Professional Education

Fellowship: Stanford University - Pain Management (2013) CA

Residency: Stanford University - PMandR (2012) CA

Internship: Yale - New Haven Hospital (2008) CT

Medical Education: University of Michigan (2007) MI

Board Certification, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2013)

Fellowship, Stanford University, Pain Medicine (2013)

Residency, Stanford University, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2012)

Internship, Yale-New Haven Hospital (2008)

MD, University of Michigan (2007)

PhD, Harvard University, Biostatistics & Computational Biology (2005)

BA, UC Berkeley (1999)

Honors & Awards

Howard Hughes Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2000)

NIH Training Grant, National Institute of Mental Health (1999)

Patient Ratings and Comments

4.7

Friendliness

4.4

Recommended to others

4.5

Explanations

4.4

Listens

4.4

Includes you in decisions

4.5

Clear Communication

4.4

Confidence in your doctor

3.9

Wait times

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Doctor Koa is the best pain doctor in the Stanford family. He has put up with me and done a lot for me. He is a great man. Great man.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

I have a 15 yr. old injury. Dr. Kao is thorough. Caring, friendly and very knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

I felt like he did not give me the respect I needed - about my injury.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Wish we was staying in Calif.

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Trends in ambulatory physician opioid prescription in the United States, 1997-2009.
Jeffrey Kao, M.-C., Minh, L. C., Huang, G. Y., Mitra, R., & Smuck, M. (2014). Trends in ambulatory physician opioid prescription in the United States, 1997-2009. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 6(7), 575-582 e4.

Assessment and management of back pain.
Kao, M.-C., Zheng, P., & Smuck, M. (2014). Assessment and management of back pain. JAMA internal medicine, 174(3), 479-?.

Does physical activity influence the relationship between low back pain and obesity?
Smuck, M., Kao, M.-C. J., Brar, N., Martinez-Ith, A., Choi, J., & Tomkins-Lane, C. C. (2014). Does physical activity influence the relationship between low back pain and obesity?. SPINE JOURNAL, 14(2), 209-216.

From Catastrophizing to Recovery: a pilot study of a single-session treatment for pain catastrophizing.
Darnall, B. D., Sturgeon, J. A., Kao, M.-C., Hah, J. M., & Mackey, S. C. (2014). From Catastrophizing to Recovery: a pilot study of a single-session treatment for pain catastrophizing. Journal of pain research, 7, 219-226.

Duration of Fluoroscopic-Guided Spine Interventions and Radiation Exposure Is Increased in Overweight Patients
Smuck, M., Zheng, P., Chong, T., Kao, M.-C., & Geisser, M. E. (2013). Duration of Fluoroscopic-Guided Spine Interventions and Radiation Exposure Is Increased in Overweight Patients. PM&R, 5(4), 291-296.

The value of physical examination in the diagnosis of hip osteoarthritis.
Chong, T., Don, D. W., Kao, M.-C., Wong, D., & Mitra, R. (2013). The value of physical examination in the diagnosis of hip osteoarthritis. Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, 26(4), 397-400.

Diagnostic Accuracy of Bedside Swallow Evaluation Versus Videofluoroscopy to Assess Dysphagia in Individuals With Tetraplegia
Shem, K. L., Castillo, K., Wong, S. L., Chang, J., Kao, M.-C., & Kolakowsky-Hayner, S. A. (2012). Diagnostic Accuracy of Bedside Swallow Evaluation Versus Videofluoroscopy to Assess Dysphagia in Individuals With Tetraplegia. PM&R, 4(4), 283-289.

An integrative approach to characterize disease-specific pathways and their coordination: a case study in cancer
Xu, M., Kao, M.-C. J., Nunez-Iglesias, J., Nevins, J. R., West, M., & Zhou, X. J. (2008). An integrative approach to characterize disease-specific pathways and their coordination: a case study in cancer. BMC GENOMICS, 9.

HumanUpstream and MouseUpstream: Databases of promoter sequences in the human and mouse genomes
Leykin, I., Kao, M. Cj., & Wong, W. H. (2005). HumanUpstream and MouseUpstream: Databases of promoter sequences in the human and mouse genomes. OMICS-A JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY, 9(3), 220-224.

Functional annotation and network reconstruction through cross-platform integration of microarray data
Zhou, X. Hj., Kao, M. Cj., Huang, H. Y., Wong, A., Nunez-Iglesias, J., & Wong, W. H. (2005). Functional annotation and network reconstruction through cross-platform integration of microarray data. NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY, 23(2), 238-243.

GoSurfer: a graphical interactive tool for comparative analysis of large gene sets in Gene Ontology space.
Zhong, S., Storch, K.-F., Lipan, O., Kao, M.-C. J., Weitz, C. J., & Wong, W. H. (2004). GoSurfer: a graphical interactive tool for comparative analysis of large gene sets in Gene Ontology space. Applied bioinformatics, 3(4), 261-264.

Determination of local statistical significance of patterns in Markov sequences with application to promoter element identification
Huang, H. Y., Kao, M. Ch., Zhou, X. H., Liu, J. S., & Wong, W. H. (2004). Determination of local statistical significance of patterns in Markov sequences with application to promoter element identification. JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY, 11(1), 1-14.

Chemical genetic modifier screens: Small molecule trichostatin suppressors as probes of intracellular histone and tubulin acetylation
Koeller, K. M., Haggarty, S. J., Perkins, B. D., Leykin, I., Wong, J. C., & Schreiber, S. L. (2003). Chemical genetic modifier screens: Small molecule trichostatin suppressors as probes of intracellular histone and tubulin acetylation. CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY, 10(5), 397-410.

Novel mechanisms of T-cell and dendritic cell activation revealed by profiling of psoriasis on the 63,100-element oligonucleotide array
Zhou, X. H., Krueger, J. G., Kao, M. Cj., Lee, E., Du, F. H., & Bowcock, A. M. (2003). Novel mechanisms of T-cell and dendritic cell activation revealed by profiling of psoriasis on the 63,100-element oligonucleotide array. PHYSIOLOGICAL GENOMICS, 13(1), 69-78.

Transitive functional annotation by shortest-path analysis of gene expression data
Zhou, X. H., Kao, M. Cj., & Wong, W. H. (2002). Transitive functional annotation by shortest-path analysis of gene expression data. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 99(20), 12783-12788.

4.5 out of 5
120 Patient Ratings
9 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Doctor Koa is the best pain doctor in the Stanford family. He has put up with me and done a lot for me. He is a great man. Great man.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

I have a 15 yr. old injury. Dr. Kao is thorough. Caring, friendly and very knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

I felt like he did not give me the respect I needed - about my injury.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Wish we was staying in Calif.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Dr. Kao was with Dr. Eaton. Dr. Kao spoke to Dr. Eaton to explain things while Dr. Eaton entered in computer rather than explaining to me.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

He was one of the best doctors I have had in such a long time.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Doctor interested in getting to the basis of the pain problem as it exists NOW and not just relying on older or previous information. Even advised another doctor of previous knee probs., when he was doing some manipulation of joints.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Didn't answer my questions; was confused by the addition required to calculate my prescriptions; treated me as if I was an addict instead of a post-op pain patient. Very bad experience.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

Good.