About Me

Conditions I specialize in
  • Pediatrics

Dr. Kathleen Lao has always found joy in working with children of all ages. She began her medical journey volunteering as a teen for Camp Joyful Hearts, a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center summer camp for children with congenital heart disease. Seeing the physicians interact with the campers inspired her to become a pediatrician, ensuring the well-being and fostering the potential of children.

Dr. Lao sees patients from newborn through college age for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness. With a warm and empathetic approach, she takes time to listen and address the concerns of her patients and their families. She believes in a holistic, well rounded approach, talking about everything that may impact a child’s health. Dr. Lao encourages everyone to increase outdoor activities and to explore opportunities to meet other people and find new interests.

A Chicago native, Dr. Lao moved to Cincinnati with her fiancé for his cardiology fellowship. She’s excited to become a part of the community where her medical journey started. Dr. Lao got involved with Make-A-Wish in Chicago and plans to continue with the organization here. She enjoys biking, traveling, learning about new cultures, trying new cuisines and tending to her indoor plants.

Practice Focus • Newborn care • Common childhood illnesses, like viral infections, ear infections, rashes • Well-child visits, preventive medicine and immunizations • Sports physicals • Developmental screenings • Adolescent care • Asthma and other respiratory ailments • Obesity and nutrition counseling • Behavioral problems • Mental health, including anxiety and depression • Minor injuries and lacerations, suturing and wound care

Ratings and Reviews

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4.7 / 5 (46 ratings, 2 comments)
    Comments from patients
  • 5 / 5
    Dr. Lao is so wonderful. Such a breath of fresh air!
    Reviewed October 04, 2023
  • 5 / 5
    First time we saw Dr. Lao and she was so sweet. Listened to everything I had to say and answered all of my questions/concerns! Will see her again!!
    Reviewed September 27, 2023
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