Education & Training
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
New York Hospital Queens Transitional Residency
UCLA / VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Electromyography / EMG, Musculoskeletal injuries
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS)
Dr. Kao enjoys tennis, basketball, jogging, hiking, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family.
Kao KC, Etnyre GB, Kunkel C, Figoni SF et al. Comparison of Calf Exercise and Treadmill Training in Peripheral Arterial Disease. AAPMR Annual Assembly; Atlanta, GA. Nov 2012. Aragaki DR, Kao KC et al. Immediate effects of contralateral and ipsilateral cane use on normal adult gait. PM&R Journal. Mar 2009;1(3):208-13. Fang MA, Kao KC, et al. Effects of footwear on medical compartment knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. Jul 2006; 43(4): 427-434.
Philosophy of Care
I treat each patient visit as if Iím listening to a good friend who has come to me for advice. By providing undivided attention while listening to a patient, more often than not they will reveal their diagnosis. After establishing the underlying cause of their issues, I believe in working together to formulate a treatment plan, one that is tailored to fit each individualís unique situation. As a specialist in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, I enjoy treating people with musculoskeletal conditions. I use an array of therapeutic interventions, often beginning with conservative treatments such as physical therapy and progressing toward more aggressive options like x-ray guided spine interventions only as needed. I am most interested in getting to know each individual and what their goals may be, and I feel it is of paramount importance that each individual take an active role in his or her health. My personal goal is to educate and empower individuals to not only understand their diagnoses but more so to make informed decisions regarding their treatment options. Our ultimate shared objective is to facilitate their return to prior activities, whether it is competing in sports, returning to their occupation, or living day to day in the community with optimized function and quality of life.
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