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Chiu Fa Kao, MD

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My specialty:
Rheumatology

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese

My gender: Male

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About me

Welcome and thanks for choosing Kaiser Permanente for your health care needs. I’ve been practicing as a rheumatologist since August 2000.

Biography

Every child has a dream. As for me, becoming a doctor seemed an unattainable dream. I came from a humble background. My grandparents were peasants in rural Taiwan, and neither of my parents received a high school education. Although they were poor, they were hard-working people, and they were especially diligent in cultivating in me the value of hard work and social responsibility. I joined Kaiser Permanente after graduating from a rheumatology fellowship program at Indiana University School of Medicine—one of the leading institutions on osteoarthritis research. I was offered a teaching position by Indiana University, but I chose to begin my medical career at Kaiser Permanente because it champions member care. It stresses service, quality, and access. I cherish the opportunity to focus on taking care of members rather than filling out insurance paper work. I strive to treat each member the way I would my own family.

About my practice

My practice is focused on general rheumatologic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, idiopathic inflammatory polymyositis, and dermatomyositis.

How I thrive

Medicine is not my only passion. Serving the poor is one of my callings as well. To that end, I joined a group of health professionals to render free health care to indigent people in rural China and around the world—including uninsured populations in various counties of California. The motto of my life, to quote Mother Teresa, "God does not demand that I be successful, God demands that I be faithful."

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My office

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My Provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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  • Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)
  • HMO
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care
  • Point-of-Service Plan (POS)
  • Senior Advantage/Medicare Cost
Rheumatology Department
4950 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Contact information

  • Advice/appointments/cancellations/messages
  • 1-833-574-2273 (1-833-KP4CARE) (toll free)
  • After-hours advice
  • 1-833-574-2273 (1-833-KP4CARE) (toll free)
  • California Relay Service
  • 711 (TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis , IN

Board certification

Rheumatology

American Board of Internal Medicine

Medical training

Internship

Internal Medicine

St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center
Indianapolis , IN

Residency

Internal Medicine

St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center
Indianapolis , IN

Fellowship

Rheumatology

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis , IN

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2000

Active license information

License number

A71213

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1639240526
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My hospitals

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4867 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

I have admitting privileges at this hospital.

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This page was last updated on:

12/16/2018