Dr. Pion Kao

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Calgary, Alberta Map External Link
Gender:M
Specialty:Pediatrician
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Phone:403-230-3300
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Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 33 reviews. Dr. Pion Kao has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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RID: 2719047
25/07/13 5 5 5 5 Dr Kao is an amazing physician. Our kids have seen him for the past several years, and they love him too. Our daughter had a medical issue, and he was very helpful at helping us navigate through the maze of experts, including other physicians and medical professionals who were not always as easy to work with. Dr Kao always has a smile on his face, knows right away what advice to give us (and it's always helpful), and is open minded. We greatly appreciated his willingness to consider other points of view, and to respect that we as the parents make the decisions. We have found him a joy to work with, and recommend him highly! We have felt that our children were in very good hands with Dr Kao. His office staff are busy but friendly. We also like that he sees patients promptly at the appointment time. We have not had to wait very long to see him. We are now moving out of province, and are very sorry not to be able to have him as our kids' pediatrician any more. We'll miss him.He is superb!  Respond
RID: 2480196
21/11/12 1 3 5 5 My two sons see Dr. Kao. What can you say? He is an extremely likeable guy, who is kind with the kids and has provided good advice for us. He is busy, but if you need the time he takes it. We always leave with a solution. Unfortunately, the office waiting room is really uncomfortable, and staff are not friendly and no doubt overworked. But Dr. Kao is worth that hassle.  Respond
RID: 1705136
05/02/12 3 4 5 5 We have been seeing Dr Kao for a few years. My daughter loves him and so do I. His admin staff are somewhat unfriendly and impersonal however more importantly we are there to see Dr Kao and have always been comforted by his professionalism.  Respond
RID: 1466987
17/06/11 1 2 1 1 I waited 3 months to see Dr Kao. I believe a GOOD Dr should LISTEN FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER. With Dr Kao it was the reverse and he spent the whole appt pacing the office lecturing me. I had a very difficult time distinguishing between Dr Kao's MEDICAL OPINION vs. PERSONAL OPINION. For example: He told me to stop breastfeeding at night and to put my son in a crib at 7 pm, close the door and not open it again until 7 am the next morning! Then informed me that he did this to his own son letting him cry 3 hr every night for 10 days before it "clicked"...um...no thank you. I found Dr Kao's advice to "let my son go hungry b/c he won't starve himself" be simplistic and downright insulting...as if that wasn't the very FIRST THING I TRIED..duh! How does Dr Kao think my son dropped 4 lbs in 6 months in the first place? Dr Kao would have known this had he bothered to look at my son's charts instead of telling me to put them back in my purse! WILL NOT GO BACK! THANKS!  Respond
RID: 1419191
18/04/11 2 4 5 5 Dr. Kao is (In my opinion) the best Pediatrician in Calgary. My daughter has been going there since she was a week old and is now 6yrs old. We were reffered there because my daughter has a heart problem. I trust his opinion before anyone else! He works very well with her cardiologist and other doctors.He is very knowledgable. I dont know what I would have done without him all these years!  Respond
RID: 1283337
31/10/10 4 5 5 5 We have seen Dr. Kao every since our son was misdiagnosed by another Dr. Dr. Kao always sends me on my way with loads of info and always gives me step by step instructions. He has made me feel empowered about how to "read" my children when they are sick. He connects well with my boys and I just can't say enough about how lucky we are to have him as our pediatrician.  Respond
RID: 641092
17/07/08 3 5 5 5 LOVE HIM. Our daughter has Asthma and he has helped get this under control.  Respond
RID: 632280
07/07/08 1 1 1 2 He only cares about his own business time, does not care of patients' time. Patients are required to finish questions within 2 minutes, but he takes 15 to ask patients not to ask more than 2 questions. Is he a doctor or speaker?  Respond
RID: 528620
03/03/08 4 5 5 5 We were referred to Dr. Kao by the Pediatrician who took care of my daughter in the NICU after she was born. He has been wonderful. He is very personable, funny, kind, knowledgeable and human. After such a hard birth (she was not breathing and her heart wasn't beating at birth) he was concerned that she may have some developmental delays after she was 6 months old. She has been just fine though. At 9 months old she started walking unassisted. At our last appointment he told me that baby's like her are why he believes in God and he seemed to be a little choked up about it. I love that he gets so emotionally involved with his patients. I can't imagine having anyone else caring for her health! My only complaint would be about the staff. I find the receptionists to be rude and disorganized sometimes (they once mixed up my daughter's chart with another child's who had the same first name).  Respond
RID: 506609
06/02/08 4 5 5 5 We started going to Dr. Kao on a referral from one of the public health nurses - our son was born at 32 weeks and we felt we wanted a paediatrician instead of a regular GP.. just in case we had any issues with the growth of our son. It was the best decision we made! Dr. Kao was just absolutely wonderful. So very reassuring and helpful. When we decided to move back to Ontario, we were sad to leave him. We have, luckily, found a great Dr. here, but still miss Dr. Kao!!  Respond
RID: 505559
05/02/08 2 4 4 5 Doctor is good. Proscribes medicine only when necessary. Very knowledgeable. His staff, however, are a bit disorganized and impolite.  Respond
RID: 452697
29/11/07 2 2 2 2 Usually this doctor does not spend enough time with his patients. Most of the time he is rushing to go to the next patient.  Respond
RID: 443483
13/11/07 5 4 5 5 Dr. Kao is awesome. Ever since the first time we took our son to him, we've been confident and comfortable with Dr. Kao's advice. He always addresses whatever concerns we have, never gets impatient, and has a clear understanding of where we are as parents. I think anyone with negative comments about Dr. Kao should really take a look at the ratio of positive comments to negative ones. Anyways, hopefully we'll have more doctors like him coming soon.  Respond
RID: 427283
11/10/07 4 5 5 5 Dr. Kao has been the doctor for both of my children for 8 yrs. 5 weeks after my first son was born, he developed streptococcus B in his bloodstream due to a missed swab for this during child birth. Streptococcus B is deadly once it is allowed to grow in the bloodstream. When my son entered the Children's hospital Dr. Kao was the attending physician and did everything he possibly could to save my son. After 9 days in the Children's hospital my 5 week old son was able to go home. After the ordeal Dr. Kao had told me that at the time we brought my son into the hospital he had only about 6 hrs to live due to the spreading infection in his blood. My son is now a healthy active 8 year old because of Dr. Kao and his expertise. Dr. Kao is an absolutely outstanding doctor and the person who saved my son's life. He will be the Dr. for both of my boys until they are 18!! He is extremely knowledgeable and thorough in his analysis He truly cares about his patients.  Respond
RID: 426008
09/10/07 5 4 5 5 We have seen Dr. Kao for over six years now and I think he is great. I feel very fortunate to have a doctor like him for my daughters.  Respond
RID: 416867
22/09/07 4 5 4 4 We've been going to see Dr. Kao for the last 3+ years. We feel very lucky to have such a great doctor. We very rarely have to wait, and he is always very focused on us during "our time".  Respond
RID: 335304
02/06/07 5 5 5 I'am so greatful to have found Dr. Kao to be both of my daughter's pediatrician. I trust him 110%. My oldest daughter brags about the fact that he's her Dr. Dr. Kao also is a great guy. The only downfall is that they will only be his patient until their 18. BOO HOO!!  Respond
RID: 315272
10/05/07 5 5 5 Dr. Kao is great! He has been my son's doctor for the last 9 years. My son was very sick from the age 4-6 and Doctor Kao took great care of him. Even when we had emergencys Dr. Kao was allways there. I have recommended him to all my family memebers. We all love him. Ive never met a Doctor like him.  Respond
RID: 290725
20/04/07 1 2 2 After waiting over 45 minutes, I had a very rushed 5 minute appt for my son. Dr. Kao did not tell me anything I didn't know already. I do not agree with his advice to let babies cry it out. I will not go to see him again, and I would not recommend him.  See Responses
RID: 290556
 
20/04/07 5 1 1 I will never go back to this doctor ever again.Instead of focusing on my sons medical issue he decided he would try to force parenting advice on me.He said my child should be sleeping through the night and in order to do that I had to cry it out.He told me not to nurse my child at night.I said I didn't like either of those ideas.He then said I wasn't the "hardest nut he'd come across and that I'd crack like ALL the other moms he'd seen" He said he let his 2.5mos baby CIO and that it was the best thing he could have done...Disgusting. He then retracted my baby(he's uncut) without asking my permission.EVERYONE with an uncut baby knows to never retract their foreskin until the child can do it themselves(about the age of 5).He is a Ped, he should know this.I was hurt, deflated and angry when I left and I will never go back to him.I am reporting him and telling my family Dr. and I hope more moms stand up for their views. YOU do not have to CIO!!!! Listen to your instincts!!!  See Responses
RID: 286454
18/04/07 4 5 5 Our first meeting with Dr. Kao was when our 8 month old daughter got bacterial meningitis at the Children's Hospital. It was very scary and he was amazing through it. Very knowlegable and caring. Both of our daughters now see him and really like him. Great Doctor!  Respond
RID: 260858
05/04/07 4 5 5 Dr Kao takes the time to get to know each of his patients. He is incredible! We have had a few scares and he has taken the time to phone us at home or at the children's hospital. He goes above and beyond! Calgary has a shortage of Dr's and it can be busy at the clinic - but he answers all your questions & my kids love him & trust him with any concerns-hard to find a peditrician like that!  Respond
RID: 260279
04/04/07 3 5 5 We LOVE Dr. Kao. He is incredibly knowledgeable. Since he is a pediatrician, he always knows what is going around, so he knows what is "normal" illness & what to worry about. He is very thorough. He has a great rapport with the kids - ours love to go see him.  Respond
RID: 232874
26/03/07 3 5 5 Dr.Kao really cares and takes the time to answer all your questions and provide quality caring service for the whole family.  Respond
RID: 224886
23/03/07 4 4 4 This doctor is knowledgable and good at his craft. The only problem is sometimes your rushed through your appointment.  Respond
RID: 208141
17/03/07 4 4 4 He is very approachable and easy to talk to. My son loves him and asks to go to the doctor when he's not feeling well. There are times I feel rushed in his clinic but overall very pleased.  Respond
RID: 194594
13/03/07 4 5 5 He is the most amazing doctor! I'm so glad that I found him for my children. He has the most knowledge out of any doctor I've ever seen. He takes the time to explain things and asks questions. He never seems to have a bad day! Always there and always helpful and concerned.  Respond
RID: 188108
12/03/07 5 5 5 I have taken our kids to see Dr Kao for about 3 yrs. I have great respect and apprechiation for his knowledgeable, considered and cautious approach to childrens medicine. He listens (amazing!).My wife and I have advanced science degrees and have yet to see him slip up even a little. Keep up the great work Dr. Kao!  Respond
RID: 185285
12/03/07 5 5 5 Dr Kao is WONDERFUL. He addresses every concern, without rushing you, and explains anything you are unclear about. Even though the appointments are quick, we never leave without our questions answered. He doesn't waste our time, and we aren't made to feel like we are wasting his.  Respond
RID: 176799
07/03/07 5 5 5 Dr. Kao is the doctor for both our children. He was very helpful with some issues we had with our childrens health. He was the resident doctor at the Childrens Hospital when our first son was admitted for dehydration and we have stayede with him since. He is very knowledgable and listens well.  Respond
RID: 168167
03/03/07 5 5 5 He is, in every way, what every doctor should aspire to be. Amazing knowledge, compassion and concern, for not only the patient, but the satellite family members as well. I'm getting fake ID for my child so she can continue to see him when she's an adult. (ssshhhhhhh!)  Respond
RID: 97929
17/01/07 5 5 5 He is an excellent pediatrician. Very knowledgeable and approachable. Our daughter is very comfortable with him. We look forward to our visits.  Respond
RID: 66714
08/12/06 4 5 5 Unbelievable Doctor! Takes ALOT of time for your Child's problem. Always refers you to others in the event he would like to confirm his diagnosis. It is evident that he TRULY cares about his patients. He is incredibly logical and has a great bed-side manner. Thanks Doc!  Respond
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