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Dr. Kao is faculty at Stanford Pain Management. Dr. Kao studied molecular biology and psychology at UC Berkeley. At Harvard University, he earned a PhD in biostatistics after developing statistical methods in genomics and computational biology. He then pursued medical training at the University of Michigan, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Stanford Health Care. He is the author of more than 30 scientific journal articles, ranging from genetics, genomics, proteomics, combinatorial chemistry, artificial intelligence, oncology, epidemiology, rehabilitation, and pain, . His mission is to offer all of his patients comprehensive interdisciplinary pain care, leveraging the full extent of what is known in state-of-the-art Pain Medicine. In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Kao teaches physicians and trainees on diagnostic work-up of complex pain, techniques of interventional procedures, and scientific methods of pain studies. Dr. Kao is a Certified Interventional Pain Sonographer (CIPS) as well as a Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP).
1. Patient-reported outcomes. Efficient, multi-feature item-response theory (IRT) based computerized adaptive testing (CAT) algorithm using item banks from PROMIS and NIH Toolbox2. Activity monitoring. Novel analytic framework for physical activity monitoring in the context of pain. 3. Operations research. Multi-variable discrete and continuous optimization for Lean Hospital Management 4. National trends in pain medication prescription