David Cao
David H. Cao

David H. Cao PA-C


Physician Assistant
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4.6 / 5 (based on 474 Reviews) View 80 Comments
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Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Physicians





  • Physician Assistant

Additional Languages

  • Vietnamese


Medical School

Alderson Broaddus College

Board Certifications

  • Physician Assistant

Patient Reviews

June 10, 2022
Would highly recommend to friends and family!!!!
June 09, 2022
I am so happy because I know My hurting will go away or be less He is the best Dr ever Thank you so Much Sincerely (PHI removed)
June 08, 2022
Dr. Cao's empathy, ability to listen and upbeat personality make all my visits with him a super positive experience. He's wonderful.
June 07, 2022
When you call into the office for an appointment or medication refill it is impossible to get a hold of anyone. Very very frustrating. These two big problems should be addressed. Thank you
June 03, 2022
I think if you wanted to mostly improve, I would hire more staff members that have the same qualities that Dr. Cao has because he's attentive, he's knowledgeable. He's aware of my background and my current status, which is very unusual for a doctor. Usually they have to review charts. David is a very good friend, I think as well as a doctor, I adore him, and I think he's just marvelous. He actually got me to get off of methadone, even though the withdrawals were horrible, I did it because he asked me to, I trusted that he advised me the best for my health. So I just wanted to comment and say, thank you, thank you, thank you for having such a wonderful person on your staff.
June 02, 2022
I have been going to this Dr. for a while and he is awesome and very nice. He always listens and is very understanding of my pain needs. Great Dr.!
June 01, 2022
Yes, I always request to see David Cao. He's very knowledgeable, very polite. He listens to any of my problems, and I feel very confident in him as a provider. Thank you. Bye. Bye.
June 01, 2022
Doctor was extremely empathetic to my individual care as well as compassionate. Reminded me to live carefully and take it easy.
May 26, 2022
I had an accident and I needed to be rescheduled, which they did very quickly for me, and I appreciate that. As far as David Cao goes, he is just very caring, and very interested in everything. I have to say and gives me good advice.
May 25, 2022
I had to wait just a little bit more when I arrived. The doctor comes in and he asks me what was my pain From a 1 to 10 . He said he had never seen me before and it was the 1st time so. I did not know his Funny character by his Conduct Is which was poor . I told the doctor that I had ghost pains , he told me was I Possessed which I felt that he was making fun of me . I told the doctor that I had used the wrong terminology to explain my pain. I told the doctor to let me Reiterate that. I have Is spasms . The Doctor was trying to be Funny . I did not expect that from that doctor . So when I went to go make my appointment the girls at the front desk kind of laughed at me when. When I went to make a appointment the appointment girls Ask me What Doctor did I see . I explained right away about him , They laughed because he was probably the office clown Doctor to them trying to be cute with the little girls . (PHI removed) I am not trying to get nobody in trouble Please feel free to call I've been a manager for 25 years . And work at HR resources . If the (name removed) Hi Also my I have other Opinions also remember I'm not trying to make nobody in trouble They knew right away who it was . He just caught me off guard he is a good doctor . I just have to get used to him . I wish him a happy Father's Day. My opinion if the doctor sees somebody buddy and hes happy but he doesn't know how the other person is feeling . Which go Nuclear or spin off to an argument because not everybody goes in there not happy . Pain is not a good thing he is in a different Health then others because he has no pain . I don't know if that's a part of his job but he should sympathize with other patients and understand what they're going through Pain.
May 19, 2022
Hi, I just wanted to say on the first question. I pushed one. And I meant to push four. David Cao is an amazing man. He is so attentive. And so in tuned to my needs, and what I want, and he's just always been the best of the day I've seen him. I would recommend him to anybody that I know. He really is, honestly the best in his field that I've ever seen. Thank you.
May 19, 2022
David Cao is the most understanding and thorough PA I have ever seen. I have thoroughly enjoyed having him as my pain management doctor. He is amazing, and his staff is as well.
May 18, 2022
Yes, Dr. David Cao is a great professional, has compassionate and just a general good guy and you can tell that just by talking with him. He cares about you and he wants to help and I would definitely recommend him to anybody. Thank you very much.
May 10, 2022
If the person wanted to help patient, would understand and understand what the patient goes through, instead of kind of making them wanna cry or fall apart. Cause that's what he did and I, I'm ... I'm kind of sad and that he did not care enough to really help me that day, but I can't see it any other way.
May 04, 2022
David Cao has been my contact with the department for several years. I found him to be always very helpful, courteous and very responsive to any of my concerns, and I'd be happy to recommend him to anybody that I respected.
May 04, 2022
This is (PHI removed). And I've always found Dr. Cao extremely sincere, courteous, and concerned for my well being. And I can always depend on him to give me solid and very sound advice.
May 03, 2022
This doctor listens to me and everything that I have to say. He takes in consideration things I have to say and my pain level. I really do appreciate Dr. David Cao.
April 28, 2022
Wonderful doctor!!
April 27, 2022
My experience with PIH in general is always the absolute best. My physicians and specialists are amazing and genuinely care for their patients. At least I feel they care for me and always make me feel first priority. Specially, Dr. David Cao, always spends as much time with me as I need during my appointment time. He really listens to what I have to say, and respects and trusts my opinions and concerns. He even recommends healthier, natural remedies as well as actual medical prescription recommendations and co-works with me in terms of managing my chronic pain levels as well as the plethora of other Illnesses that, unfortunately, I suffer with. David Cao always has my back and makes sure to help to feel as less pain as I possibly can feel and respects my decision to cut dilaudid AND fentanyl patch cold turkey. He knows how important it is for me to feel as clear headed as I want to and feel I need to be. He also knows I suffer from severe chronic pain from numerous autoimmune diseases and respected my decision to start taking a less strengthened narcotic, Oxycodone instead of Dilaudid, which I was on from 2010/2011- 2017. I was tired of feeling even more debilitated from those and foggy headed/brained. Getting off those meds was my goal and I felt that because I wanted to live my life and be more alert even though I was suffering from severe pain, he listened to what I felt I needed, resorted my judgment in terms of pain medication and we both decided to go on Oxycodone and now I feel more clear headed and alert. Not only do I still suffer from severe chronic pain, but I can actually focus way better, I'm far more alert than I had ever been before and I can function throughout the day and finally go back to work and live my life as "normal" as I possibly can. All thanks to Dr. David Cao for the fact that I can now live the best quality of life I can even with all of the autoimmune diseases and severe chronic pain I still suffer from. I can live my life now at 29 years old for the first time in a little over a decade and I am beyond grateful to David Cao and so privileged to have him as my pain management doctor. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who is in need of pain management. He is the one of the very few doctors at PIG who goes above and beyond for his patients and one of the very few I can call an absolute best doctor. I have a plethora of health specialist doctors and there are only 5 doctors out of the 14 I have that I call my favorites. Dr. David Cao is by far my number one favorite. All thanks to him because now I actually get to live my life like a "normal" adult and I haven't felt this good enough to live my life in a VERY long time. PIH is where I was born, it's where I feel most safe when I do need help for my health, and PIH has the best care, specialists, doctors and staff. Anyone would be so lucky to have Dr. David cap as their pain management doctor. Thank you. Sincerely and whole heartedly, [Truncated]
April 26, 2022
Visit on 26 April with Dr. and also the nurses thank you very much for being in caring for the pts
April 25, 2022
Always a pleasurable experience when I have appointments at this office.
April 22, 2022
Yes. I wanted to leave a message regarding Dr. David Cao's treatment, as me as a patient. He's excellent. Always has appointments for me, always concern about my health. Always concerned, making sure. I take my medication correctly. He's excellent to an actual better doctor. Thank you for having him at PA... PIH. It's a wonderful experience with my doctor Dr. David Cao. Excellent. Excellent service. Thank you.
April 22, 2022
I like the way David Dr. David Cao listens to me, and I like the way his staff treats me, very professional, very kind. Very welcoming. Keep up the good work, Dr. Cao and your staff. Thank you.
April 20, 2022
WHY, do we make appointments, and not keep them ? I was notified 3 times about my appointment, per text, but I get into office 10 minutes early just to sit 43 minutes with a aching back, waiting. NO sign in tablet. Maybe it's time to refresh appointment schedules. I completely accept the fact that visits may run over at times, but not todays. I was 2 minutes from walking out of the office, only to punish myself ?
April 20, 2022
Well I think Dr. Cao is a very good doctor and he always goes through everything really well so I would recommend him at all times for everything. So I think he's very good. Thank you very much.
April 08, 2022
Yeah, they were very nice to me and very courteous and I appreciate that. Thank you.
April 04, 2022
Everything's fine
March 30, 2022
Yes, Hi. David Cao, extremely professional. He is very respectful. He listened to what I had to say. He was definitely in empathetic. Empathetic. And just, I've never experienced to health care provider. It's just been. So in tune with a patient, Mr. Cao has.
March 25, 2022
March 22, 2022
He was a little, he didn't want to get me the stuff that you used to numb the pain. He felt I didn't need it. And I explained to him that Dr. (INAUDIBLE) always gives it to me and he found it hard to believe, as if I were a lying. I was a little insulted about that.
March 21, 2022
He's very down to earth and I admire his opinions. He makes me feel at ease and comfortable to talk to. I would definitely recommend him.
March 18, 2022
David was very professional, and when I got home and read his report I understood what his diagnosis was and the reason for treatment. I left the appointment without knowing the reason for the treatment he ordered and was depressed thinking he did not understand what I was describing to him. Pain is so awful. Now I know I have Lumbar Postlaminectomy Syndrome and will follow his instructions.
March 16, 2022
We don't think there's any Improvement needed. We're very happy and satisfied with Dr. Cao. And he's a very good doctor. Thank you.
March 15, 2022
No need for improvement. I've been seeing David Cao and Dr. Rastegar for the last 7 to 10 years, if not longer, and I'm extremely, extremely satisfied. I'll keep going to them. I consider them my primary. Thank you.
March 15, 2022
I really like Dr. Cao. He's wonderful. He listens to me. I will go back very happily with him. Thank you so much for hiring him and thank you so much for sending me to him. Bye. Bye.
March 15, 2022
Always good service thank you all
March 15, 2022
Only issue was office over books patients my appointment was at 3:15pm was seen 4:05pm. That's alot of to Time waiting. Dr and staff are amazing.
March 14, 2022
Yes, he was extremely polite and really wanted to know where the problem was and when he did, he took care of it. I was very happy with him.
March 07, 2022
Dr. Cao was very helpful and compassionate to my concern. He was exceptional. The staff is always very courteous and efficient.
March 01, 2022
My experience with David Cao has always been extremely positive. As a patient, we are always looking for a great caregiver. David has been instrumental in my journey to manage my rheumatoid arthritis pain and has been very supportive in his guidance to help me titrate down on my meds. I'm forever grateful to him. Best regards (PHI removed)
March 01, 2022
The Physicians assistant was not friendly rather cold
February 25, 2022
He was in a hurry and his excuse was that it was late Friday
February 22, 2022
hoping the doctors and staff can provide services without masks soon or figure out a way to communicate with the hard of hearing community
February 15, 2022
Dr.cao always spends enough time and always explains and very understanding
February 14, 2022
Prompt service.
February 10, 2022
Oh, I just want to say that I have always been seen in a timely manner. I have always been listened to. I mean, this office is wonderful, and I definitely have and will continue to root for David Cao and the rest of the staff to my friends and family. But anyways, thank you.
February 09, 2022
Good n easy
February 09, 2022
David is always understanding
February 04, 2022
Per Walgreens the prescription for hydrocodone. Insurance authorized less. Needed prior authorization. Walgreens Didn't hear back from doctor so filling it today for what the insurance will okay. Thank you
February 03, 2022
I am very grateful for the staff. I've had a really big medical change in my life. And they all meet my needs and are very kind and I'm very grateful for all of them. I was in a coma March 2020 and cannot feel anything for my knees down. I woke up to covid. Had no covid. Haven't had covid but I feel safer having the tele video and seeing my doctor on video and I'm very grateful that you guys do that because I live alone and I don't want to get sick. My bubble is very small. So I have been vaccinated and boostered, but I'm very grateful that everyone is very kind and understanding.
February 03, 2022
I thank him for his prompt care
February 01, 2022
David Cao is a great doctor. He always welcomes me remembers me and discusses my health clearly and to where it's always benefit of me. And his office staff is very, very respectful and very Hospital. Thank you.
January 25, 2022
In and out in a timely manner. Doctor and staff were kind and professional. Doctor listened carefully and didn't rush. Was a pleasure to see Doctor David Cao.
January 19, 2022
I was having pain on my back and it was going down my right leg. He scheduled me for an epidural quickly. I was happy with my visit
January 19, 2022
David Cao was and is instrumental in pain issues and I couldn't ask for a better Dr
December 22, 2021
David Cao is outstanding! Kind, personable, attentive and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend him!! Thanks David ?
December 17, 2021
The office staff is amazing. I have MS, back pain all the time. They were able to get me in quickly. They even called me to see if I wanted to be seen sooner that day, which is awesome. I just, I just can't say enough about David and staff. His MAs are amazing. He's amazing. The office is amazing. They always make me feel welcome and what can I say they're just a great staff.
December 17, 2021
David Cao is very knowledgeable. I Enjoy. He's a very good doctor. Would highly recommend him a 100%.
December 15, 2021
He is awesome to work with.
December 14, 2021
Always excellent service
December 06, 2021
All good
December 03, 2021
David is a fantastic person who shows great care in your needs to be comfortable and be able to work on your pain and feelings.
December 03, 2021
Dr. Cao was the most caring doctor I've met. He listened to every word and concern I had. He made me feel like I could trust him as my provider for that day. Like I could trust him with my care and health.
November 30, 2021
Dr. Cao has a great personality. He is caring and upbeat. I always feel better after my vidit with him.
November 18, 2021
This time I was in and out in 30 mins. We did what we needed to do, got things scheduled and done. It was great!!
November 15, 2021
Dr. Kuhns, that was the first time I've ever met him on November 15th. The regular doctor was not seen. Dr. Rasmavir. Anyways, Dr. Rasmavir was the one that did my surgery. Dr. Kuhns did a follow up and that's all I got to say, but they were both very nice. I love doctor Dr. Rasmavir.
November 15, 2021
My pain has exasperated. Its an 8 on the pain scale and I cant get relief until Dec 23 when my pain management dr. is available. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I CANT MOVE . I HAVE A BUSINESS TO RUN. but the dr. Who saw me yesterday wasn't able to give me relief. Its not my fault that Dr. Rastafas is unavailable, yet I have to suffer for 6 weeks for it. Wow. If you've ever had sciatica pain, u know Thank you for your time
November 09, 2021
Since seeing David Cao, with his encouragement and support, I have been able to dramatically decrease the amount of medication I take!! P.S. [name removed] in the back office is wonderful!
November 08, 2021
Dr David Cao should really work on his bedside manner and how he talks to patients. He was very nonchalant, unfeeling, cold and negative. I would rather be scheduled with Dr Rastegar from now on..
November 04, 2021
I'm very happy with David Cao. He always listens to me what I have to say. He actually cares about what I have to say. He gives me plenty of time with my appointment without going overboard.
November 03, 2021
To improve the service, stop having us make ... making us pay to park. It's a little tough on people like me that are on Social Security and Disability.
November 03, 2021
Hi, this is [PHI removed]. [Name removed] is the most thorough pain management guy I've ever been to. He is amazing. His staff is so on top of things courteous kind, I would recommend [name removed] with I mean, no doubt about it. He's just an amazing man, and he listens to everything and does what he needs to do. Thank you so much for having him on your staff. I truly appreciate it. Thank you.
November 01, 2021
Waiting time was quite long
October 27, 2021
I have been very happy with all the doctors, nurses and office staff at PIH. I only had a rheumatologist who wasn't really good at dealing with people. I didn't feel comfortable with her manner of dealing with the patient. I never went back to her. It seemed to me that I could not get good treatment from her. Luckily, she is the exception. I have always loved my GP who retired Dr. Ronald Galbreath. Now I am with his son, Dr. Gregory Galbreath and very happy with him as my family health doctor. Great doctors! As a child, teen and young adult I was on my parents Kaiser Permanente Plan and I really hated it! I will never be a Kaiser member as long as I live. They really dropped the ball with my mother, who sadly died of cancer at the age of 73. A healthy non smoker who hiked up a very steep set of hills every evening with her husband to watch the sunset. Kaiser handled her treatment well below a proper standard of care. I am sure I could have sued them but needed to find peace and move on after her passing. Please don't ever look to Kaiser as a model for your HMO. You have been great so far. Keep up the good work!
October 26, 2021
David Cao and his Staff are wonderful they are very compassionate and listen without feeling ignored. I am not rushed when I'm in the office. David Cao is amazing! I would recommend everybody to him as he has an amazing heart, listens and cares.
October 21, 2021
David Cao has always taken the time and effort to know me and my needs. He is very familiar with my history and always listens to me. David Cao has been here for me for years and we've developed a strong doctor/patient relationships.
October 15, 2021
I'm very happy with the way you guys handle everything and my doctor. He's excellent. Thank you.
October 12, 2021
David Cao has always been very courteous, respectful, and professional with me and has helped me a great deal and in my life and I'm very appreciative of his role in my life. He's an asset to your organization. Thank you.
October 11, 2021
Dr. Cao is always timely with his treatments and listens to what I have to say. Is Always respectful and Knowledgeable during our visit.
October 06, 2021
David Cao is very good and listens and cares about his patients. I totally trust him with all my needs.
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