Patricia F. Kao, MD, MS

Patricia F. Kao, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Additional Titles

  • Director, Teaching Physician Pathway Division of Medical Education


Patients seen at

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Center for Advanced Medicine

Patients seen at

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Barnes-Jewish West County

Mailing Address

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Chromalloy Dialysis Center

Dr. Kao in the News:


  • Medical Degree: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Residency in Nephrology: University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Master’s in Biomedical Engineering: Ohio State University
  • Bachelor’s: Princeton University

Board Certifications

  • Nephrology
  • Internal Medicine


Department of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award, Honorable Mention, 2009

Department of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award, Honorable Mention, 2008

Intern Research Award, 2003

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kao specializes in the care of acute kidney injury, renal disease in pregnancy, electrolyte disorders, and chronic kidney disease.

Research Interests

Co-Investigator; Cohort Study of Chronic Renal Insufficiency (CRIC).  Prospective Study to determine risk factors for progression of renal insufficiency and development of cardiovascular disease.  NIDDKDK61021, 2008-2012.


Anderson AH, Yang W, Hsu CY, Joffe MM, Leonard MB, Xie D, Chen J, Greene T, Jaar BG, Kao P, Kusek JW, Landis JR, Lash JP, Townsend RR, Weir MR, Feldman HI; CRIC Study Investigators. “Estimating GFR Among Participants in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study.” Am J Kidney Dis. 60(2):250-261 (Aug 2012).

Wish JB, Brier ME, Kao PF, Arnoff GR. “Correlation Between Vascular Access Type, Hemoglobin Level, and EPO Dose in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients” (Abstract). J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. 12:419A (2001).

Kao PF, Davis BL, Hardy PA. “Characterization of the Calcaneal Fat Pad in Diabetic and Non-Diabetic Patients Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 17: 6 (1999 Jul) p. 851-857.

Kao P, Davis BL, Hardy PA. “The Effects of Diabetes on MRI and Mechanical Properties of the Calcaneal Fat Pad.” Poster presentation at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, LA, March 16-19, 1998.

Davis BL, Kao P, Hardy PA. “Mechanical Factors Pertaining to Diabetic Foot Ulceration.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Whitaker Foundation, Denver, CO, 1998.

Kao P, Davis BL, Hardy PA. “Detecting Soft Tissue Changes in the Diabetic Heel Fatpad Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Presented at the Annual Conference on Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 16th, 1997.