Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Katherine Dawson, MD


Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.

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Oakland Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 510-752-6298

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I am a native Californian, but am a recent convert to the North! I grew up in Southern California, along the coast in Torrance and Palos Verdes. I then attended Princeton University where I studied Anthropology. Medical school took me to the Pacific Northwest, at the University of Washington in Seattle. I then returned to Southern California to complete my internship and residency in Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was there that I developed an interest in Genetics and stayed at Cedars-Sinai to complete a second residency in Clinical Genetics in conjunction with the UCLA Intercampus Program. I then joined Kaiser in the Oakland Genetics Department in August of 2003.

In my field, I am most interested in pediatric genetics, with a focus on dysmorphology and skeletal dysplasias. I feel privileged to work in such a fine department, with so many talented and compassionate coworkers. It is very clear to me that our patients receive the most comprehensive care available.

Outside of work, I enjoy running around Lake Merritt or walking along Chrissie Field and then treating myself to the fabulous restaurants the Bay Area has to offer. In my quiet time, I admit to being a devoted fan of the Harry Potter books and American Idol.


Medical EducationUniversity of Washington School of Medicine,
Seattle, WA
ResidencyCedars - Sinai Medical Center,
Los Angeles, CA
ResidencyCedars - Sinai Medical Center,
Los Angeles, CA
Board CertificationClinical Genetics,
American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Hospital Admitting PrivilegesThis physician's practice does not require hospital admitting privileges
License Type
State of Issue
Doctor of Medicine
04/30/2018 00:00:00

Other Information

Accepting New Patients StatusAccepting new patients, referral may be required
Languages SpokenEnglish
Interpreters are available upon request. Learn more at the Interpreter Services Information page
National Provider Identifier1457439226
Plan AffiliationProviders listed on the Kaiser Permanente Provider Directory are available to most members.
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