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Catherine Chao, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Board Certifications:
American Board of Pediatric Gastroenterology
Areas of Clinical Interest:
GI motility (GERD, constipation, encopresis), inflammatory bowel disease, celiac, abdominal pain, failure to thrive

Fellowship - UCLA Medical Center Pediatrics GI (1997)
Residency - UCLA Medical Center Pediatrics (1994)
Medical School - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1991)
Undergraduate - Purdue University – Electrical Engineering (1986)

Awards & Recognition:

Iams Quality Leadership Award (Bronze) - Pediatric  Feeding Team (2010)
Top Doctors Recognition - Arlington Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Washingtonian 

Clinic Locations: Fairfax

Keystone Publications:

Mousa H, Machado R, Orsi M, Chao CS, Alhajj T, Alhajj M, Port C, Skaggs B, Woodley FW. Combined multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH (MII-pH): Multicenter report of normal values from 117 children. Curr Gastroenterology Rep 2014. 16:400-406.

Hefner J, Chao C. Retrospective analysis of pediatric rare earth magnet ingestions and complication at a major suburban medical center. Poster: NASPGHAN 2012 Oct.

Childhood constipation. The Pediatric Post. 2010 Summer; 1:7-8.

Update on diagnostic testing for evaluation of pediatric gastroesophageal reflex disease. The Pediatric Post. 2009 Jan 4:4-5.

Patient Reviews:
"Dr. Chao has been very thorough in her treatment and diagnostics with my teen. I am very grateful for her expertise and care as a physician."

"I was so grateful that Dr. Chao was very direct and detail oriented about helping our family have a clear plan forward for our son's recovery. I am grateful for the time she spent answering my questions and I look forward to working with her again."

Where did you grow up?
Pittsburgh, PA (from Kindergarten to 12th grade)
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
I have a passion to help children and make a positive impact in their lives.
How long have you practiced in the Washington, DC area and what do you like most about it?
Since January 1998.Our community is ethnically diverse and multicultural. And there’s great food!
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
Hiking, visiting national parks, watching Steelers games, attending Broadway shows in NYC, blueberry/blackberry/apple picking in season.
Do you volunteer? If so, where?
I am planning to go to rural areas in Panama as a medical volunteer through Global Medical Brigades.
Personal Sketch:

2 - Daughters