Dr. James Kao, MD

Dr. James Kao, MD

Gastroenterology  |  
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Dr. James Kao, MD is a gastroenterology doctor who practices in Arcadia, CA. He has been practicing for 8 years.

488 E Santa Clara St Ste 103

Arcadia, CA 91006

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas


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more than 76% of peers
more than 67% of peers
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
more than 43% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kao "The focus of my work is all aspects of general gastroenterology, focusing on patient care and endoscopy procedures."


  • Gastroenterology

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blood Disorders
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Malnutrition
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders


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  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Gastroenterology Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Duke University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • University Of Kentucky College Of Medcine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • University Of Medicine And Dentistry Of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Med School
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kao has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kao's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kao to family and friends
based on 8 total reviews (5 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Kao's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

in Arcadia, CA |
From making the appointment to checking out, my experience was positive. The staff is friendly, social and helpful. Dr. Kao listened attentively before responding. He clearly explained his observations and next steps. I felt heard and supported. I recommend this office and Dr. Kao.
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Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. We appreciate your feedback. We are happy you were pleased with the doctor. Have a good day.
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Phoenix, AZ |
Dr Kao has been the first Dr to take care of a problem I have had for quite some time.
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We appreciate your feedback; the doctor truly does care to meet each of your expectations from start to finish of your visit. Good health to you!
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Los Angeles, CA |
I enjoyed meeting Dr. Kao. He was very informative and helpful, and made me feel very at-ease. I really appreciated that as I was a bit worried. The assistants in the office were also so sweet and helpful - I felt like they had known me forever. Thank you!
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Thank you for the high star rating and kind comment. Thank you for clearly describing your experience. It is so beneficial to others looking for the right GI doctor. We hope your experience with our doctors...more
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in Valencia, CA |
Dr. Kao is truly THE Physician ordering, tests, pinpointing medically your condition and pronto. When it comes to the point like it did with my brother, also James. His records had so many things wrong with him, Dr. Kao admitted he had already spent over an hour prior to his appointment reviewing...more
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in Cupertino, CA |
Very professional and proper billing. Unauthorized charges on credit card months later. Service terrible customer service.
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Dr. Kao accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Hospitals where Dr. Kao has admitting privileges

Woodland Healthcare
1325 Cottonwood St
Woodland, CA 95695
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