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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

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

Awards & Recognition:

Iams Quality Leadership Award (Bronze) - Pediatric  Feeding Team (2010)
Top Doctors Recognition - 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.

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