Dr. Katherine Yao is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine, and Director of Dance Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center where she treats a wide range of sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. She is trained in modern non-operative diagnostics and therapies including ultrasound-guided injections, ultrasound-guided tenotomies, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections, prolotherapy, and other state-of-the-art regenerative medicine interventions.
Dr. Yao received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, and then earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia/Cornell program, and her Sports Medicine 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 the 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.
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 the activities 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.
Pediatric Sports Medicine
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