Dr. Zhao was born and raised in China. She knew early on that medicine was her calling. Her passion for medicine started as a young child where she was raised and steeped at an early age in the tradition of Chinese Medicine in her family. She witnessed first-hand the passing down generations of special family remedies with both grandfathers developing their own treatments based on traditional eastern medicine.
Dr. Zhao went on to attend medical school at Dalian Medical University where she graduated in the Top 5% of her graduating class (Summa Cum Laude), receiving her medical degree in 1994. She then went on to do cancer research in Molecular Biology at the Medical School of Nippon in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Zhao completed her internship and residency at New York University Medical Center in 2004. After her graduation from NYU, she was appointed to the faculty as a Clinical Instructor at New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens Campus, which is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. There, Dr. Zhao supervised and taught resident physicians and medical students as well as worked in the hospital attending to patients.
Throughout her career in medicine, she has worked with a diverse population and has enjoyed learning about different cultures, which is why she has chosen to live and work here in Los Angeles.Today, Dr. Zhao is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine teaching medical students and resident physicians. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is fluent in both Chinese and Japanese.
Dr. Zhao has two offices at the UCLA campus: Iris Cantor – Women's Health Center where the focus is on women's health. Please call (310) 794-9830 to make an appointment. She also takes care of men's issues at the Peter Morton Building. Please call (310) 206-6232 to make an appointment.
Both clinics are hospital-based which requires staffing with higher level skillsets to treat more serious cases. Please note there is a hospital facility fee at both clinics. Therefore, check with your insurance carrier regarding coverage.
Dr. Zhao's practice focuses on treating a variety of ailments and diseases including hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, joint disease, and various skin conditions. She also specializes in Hepatitis B and intestinal diseases.
Dr. Zhao is looking forward to serving as your personal physician and answering any questions you may have regarding your health.