Ming-Chih Kao

Pain specialist

Bio:   Statistician and Pain Physician
4.5 out of 5
266 Patient Ratings
26 Patient Comments

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

Pain Management Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion A, 1st Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Pain Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2014)
  • Board Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehab, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2013)
  • 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

  • NIH Training Grant, National Institute of Mental Health (1999)
  • Howard Hughes Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2000)
4.7

Friendliness

4.5

Recommended to others

4.5

Explanations

4.5

Listens

4.5

Includes you in decisions

4.6

Clear Communication

4.5

Confidence in your doctor

3.8

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I am sincere appreciate to Dr. Ming-Chih J. Kao, MD. Dr. Ming-Chih J. Kau, PhD, MD has a great professional knowledge and skill to treat patients very efficiently and effectively. Dr. Kau visited me, explained very clear instructions and consultation properly and respectfully my decision about doctors treatment to solve my problem. I feel very strong confident ad did introduce to others.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I have good experience.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

VERY good.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Despite my English not being good the doctor took the time to explain to me and decide that it was the best.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Kao is very knowledgeable, kind, supportive and open-minded. I very much appreciate his care and concern and honesty. He's awesome!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Kao refused to accept any other diagnosis than the one he thought was great. In the end he missed the mark and another doctor made the right call.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Great doctor. Polite, professional, attentive, communicative & nothing negative to say here.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I was only given 20 minutes with Dr. Kao and he was not listening to my medical history or what I wanted as a less invasive approach to treating my chronic pain.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very good.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

While my father, mother & I waited in the room to be seen, the door was open and I heard staff talking and laughing outside our door, with each other. This went on for several minutes. I walked out of the room and down the hallway, I turned to see a male with a cup of coffee in his hands, talking & laughing with two medical assistants. This went on for awhile. Then I watched the male enter my dad's room. The doctor was the one who was chit-chatting with the female staff while we were waiting for him to see my dad. The doctor was 30 min. late for our appointment because he was having a personal conversation. This is HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Just fine - but remember I had only 1 visit.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Front lobby receptionist was very kind and helpful in offering assistance in overcoming a very stressful mishap I experienced involving making it to my appointment (I got lost and was late and a bit over wrought... i.e., long hair, disorientation, etc.).

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4.5 out of 5
266 Patient Ratings
26 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I am sincere appreciate to Dr. Ming-Chih J. Kao, MD. Dr. Ming-Chih J. Kau, PhD, MD has a great professional knowledge and skill to treat patients very efficiently and effectively. Dr. Kau visited me, explained very clear instructions and consultation properly and respectfully my decision about doctors treatment to solve my problem. I feel very strong confident ad did introduce to others.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I have good experience.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

VERY good.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Despite my English not being good the doctor took the time to explain to me and decide that it was the best.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Kao is very knowledgeable, kind, supportive and open-minded. I very much appreciate his care and concern and honesty. He's awesome!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Kao refused to accept any other diagnosis than the one he thought was great. In the end he missed the mark and another doctor made the right call.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Great doctor. Polite, professional, attentive, communicative & nothing negative to say here.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I was only given 20 minutes with Dr. Kao and he was not listening to my medical history or what I wanted as a less invasive approach to treating my chronic pain.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very good.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

While my father, mother & I waited in the room to be seen, the door was open and I heard staff talking and laughing outside our door, with each other. This went on for several minutes. I walked out of the room and down the hallway, I turned to see a male with a cup of coffee in his hands, talking & laughing with two medical assistants. This went on for awhile. Then I watched the male enter my dad's room. The doctor was the one who was chit-chatting with the female staff while we were waiting for him to see my dad. The doctor was 30 min. late for our appointment because he was having a personal conversation. This is HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Just fine - but remember I had only 1 visit.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Front lobby receptionist was very kind and helpful in offering assistance in overcoming a very stressful mishap I experienced involving making it to my appointment (I got lost and was late and a bit over wrought... i.e., long hair, disorientation, etc.).

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Kao and his fellow Abhishy Gowda (who is no longer there) have bent over backwards to help identify and authorize operations, procedures, therapies, MRI's etc. Mediations that have literally helped to save my life! I am so grateful. My quality of life and ability to live it has improved exponentially due to their willingness to really listen and not give up!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Kao made a point to say. "I am sorry that you have been in pain for so many years." No physician has ever done that before. He was very attentive and effective - I am feeling so much better now.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Kao was great, seriously, top marks. Just very, very busy, in a very, very busy office. Get him some help!

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Kao explained the next stage in my care in details I could understand. He was very positive.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

He was very considerate and listened to what I had to say.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Seemed uninterested in my report of symptoms; preferred to read notes from previous visits. Explicitly declined my offer to describe my history with this problem.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Always pleasant.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Kao was very thorough and professional. Showed sensitivity for my pain and past medical issues.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

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

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

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

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.