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Katherine Yao, M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Personal Statement

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 achieve the best medical outcomes and help them return to doing what they love.

Biographical Info

Dr. Katherine Yao is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center where she treats a wide range of sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders in adults, children, adolescents.  She is trained in modern non-operative diagnostics and therapies including ultrasound guided injections, ultrasound guided tenotomies, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections, Tenex, prolotherapy, and other state of the art regenerative medicine interventions.

Dr. Yao graduated college from Yale University, earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Columbia and Cornell Medical Centers (New York Presbyterian Hospital), and completed Sports Medicine subspecialty fellowship at Harvard University’s Boston Children’s Hospital.

At Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Yao worked closely with dancers and musicians at the Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Boston Arts Academy, and Berklee College of Music.  She served as the team physician for Northeastern University’s Division I Women’s Hockey team and Middlesex High School’s football team.

Dr. Yao competed as a gymnast at the junior Olympic level and earned several Academic All-American titles on Yale University’s NCAA Division I team. Her experience as an elite student athlete complements her medical training to help her compassionately guide young athletes in managing unique lifestyle demands and challenges.  She is currently a National Team Physician for USA Gymnastics and is the head physician for Alvin Ailey Dance School.

Dr. Yao’s research focuses on the effects of sports on young athletes.  She has written several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles about sports injuries, regenerative medicine and sports competition rules.  With her personal background in competitive sports and injury recovery, Dr. Yao truly understands the obstacles that athletes of all ages face and the challenges of recovery.  She believes that patients should be treated holistically and works as a team with her patients to help them return to doing what they love.

Dr. Yao has been honored as a Super Doctors New York Rising Star, which represents the top New York doctors in more than 30 specialties that have been fully licensed for 10 years or less. 

Clinical Expertise
Adolescent Sports Injuries
Elbow Problem
Hamstring Tendonitis/Injury
Hip Pain
Education About Injury Prevention
Joint Injections
Muscle Injury
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Patellar Tendinitis
Plantar Fasciitis
Repetitive Stress Injury
Rotator Cuff Tear
Scapular Dyskinesis
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
Shoulder Pain
Shoulder Tendinitis
Muscle Strain
Tear of Meniscus of Knee
Trigger Finger
Ultrasound Guided Injection
Ankle Injury
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Golfer's Elbow
Hand and Wrist Problems
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Joint Pain
Knee Injuries
Musculoskeletal Disorder
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Overuse Injuries (Athletes)
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Rotator Cuff Injury
Runner's Knee
Shin Splints
Shoulder Instability
Shoulder Injury
Soft Tissue Injury
Stress Fracture
Tennis Elbow
  • M.D.
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • B.S.
    Yale University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Assistant Attending Physiatrist
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Rehabilitation Medicine | Dr. Katherine Yao | Weill Cornell Medicine

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