Dr. Katherine Yao, MD

Dr. Katherine Yao, MD

Physical Medicine & RehabilitationFemaleAge 35

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(212) 235-1519

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Dr. Katherine Yao, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in New York, NY. She is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Yao to book an appointment.

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Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Medicine

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(212) 235-1519
Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center525 E 68th St Fl 16 New York, NY 10065
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Dr. Yao is sympathetic and extremely competent and also kind. Could one ask for more ? -I don’t think so !
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Sep 11, 2021
Dr Yao and her resident colleague were very patient and thoroughly and spent considerable time asking questions and taking notes about my pain. I never felt rushed.
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Aug 27, 2021
Dr. Yao listened carefully, sympathetically and thoughtfully. She diagnosed the problems that a surgery in February had failed to cure and devised an insightful plan of treatment. She is one of the very best physicians with whom I have ever dealt!
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Aug 16, 2021
Excellent care! Dr. Yao listens very well and spent a lot of time answering my questions and gave me everything I needed to start healing.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nicole – Jul 19, 2021
She is attentive, kind and explains things thoroughly. Explores all angles. Feel very lucky that she is my doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jul 11, 2021
Nice experience, caring
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  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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  • Long wait times
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Kb – Jul 10, 2021
Professional, timely, efficient. Virtual visit was surprisingly productive even though in-person exam is much more helpful in these cases.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jun 22, 2021
Fantastic doctor, took her time with me, was thorough and explained everything.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jun 19, 2021
Good listener, explained what was going on in language I could understand, and recommended plan of action
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
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Mary A Michaud – Jun 19, 2021
She and the Dr. Assisting her were both excellent. They were very present in the room, in the manner they examined me physically, listened to my concerns and provided explanations and a plan moving forward.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Isaac Borenstein – Jun 18, 2021
Had to wait a bit but she is very comprehensive and easy to talk to. Highly recommend. She also helped a lot w my issue.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
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Jun 18, 2021
Very Attentive to the need of her patients.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Tandye thomas – Jun 07, 2021
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May 30, 2021
very excellent. Listened well, asked many good questions. Very professional, friendly and warm and productive visit.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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May 24, 2021
Dr. Yao was friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. She explained the situation in detail and with care, and answered all my questions to my satisfaction. She is an expert in her field and I can recommend her without hesitation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Apr 29, 2021
Very thorough, knowledgable and attentive. Excllent physician.
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Richard D. Smith – Apr 24, 2021
Dr. Yao was friendly and warm and my visit to her practice was a pleasure. I have to get yearly steroid injections into my hands. If the provider is not deliberate, it can be extremely painful. Full disclosure: like most men (ask my wife) I am a big baby when it comes to pain. Dr. Yao, was so very patient. The trick with these injections is to depress the syringe very slowly so the liquid dissipates and doesn't cause back pressure pain. She took her time, let the lidocaine work and checked in to make sure I was OK. It would be pushing it to say that I looked forward to my next treatment. I am certainly not dreading it and I know that my hands are in good hands.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Vito J. LaBella – Apr 23, 2021
Dr. Yao is certainly capable and thoughtful, establishes a dialogue to determine problems and formulate possible interventions in a participatory manner and ensures that plan is understood and agreeable before proceeding to treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Howard Miller – Apr 11, 2021
I had pain in knee and swelling so my dr suggested I go to Dr. Yoo I don’t really know difference between my Pcp and Dr. Yoo which is why the 4 instead of 5. No idea when id recommend her. She seemed perfectly fine! My problem is not solved but she diagnosed issue snd told me what to do (exercises, compression socks etc). Per my inquiry I asked how long until problem gone she said give it 3 weeks so I don’t know yet long term if all ok (I’m sure it will be)! 2 friends asked socks compression level recommended; she didn’t say so I will assume medium +/-
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Judy C – Apr 11, 2021
Televisit. She immediately diagnosed something another doctor missed. Saw it right away and recommended appropriate treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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No malpractice claims found for New York
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Dr. Yao's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Yao treats Chronic Pain more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Yao treats this condition more than 93% of her peers

Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Yao treats Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Yao treats this condition more than 93% of her peers

Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Yao treats Low Back Pain more than 92% of her peers

Dr. Yao treats this condition more than 92% of her peers

Dr. Yao's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chest Wall Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lipedema
  • Low Back Pain
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Cramp
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stiffness
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tension Headache
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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Dr. Yao accepts the following insurance:

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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
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HealthFirst
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Medicaid
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ODS Health Plan
Oxford Health Plans
POMCO Group
Premera Blue Cross
UnitedHealthCare
Community Plan
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Empire Plan
Medicare
United Healthcare EPO
United Healthcare HMO
United Healthcare POS
United Healthcare PPO
VNS Choice
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About Me

Care Philosophy

"Every patient is unique in his or her own way and should be treated as a whole. I aim to understand my patients' challenges from their perspective to...Read more

Biography

Dr. Katherine Yao is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center where she treats a wide range of sports...Read more

Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Education

Children's Hospital Boston-Harvard Medical School
Fellowship Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia/Cornell
Residency Hospital
Yale University
Undergraduate School

Awards

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How can I make an appointment with Dr. Katherine Yao, MD?

Call (212) 235-1519 to make an appointment as a new patient, or (212) 746-1500 for existing patients or other inquiries. Click here for more information.

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What are Dr. Katherine Yao, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Yao frequently treats Chronic Pain, Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis, and Low Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Yao treats.

Where is Dr. Katherine Yao, MD's office located?

Dr. Yao's office is located at 525 E 68th St Fl 16, New York, NY 10065. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

New York, NY

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

7 Awards Received