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Katherine Margo, MD

Katherine Margo, MD Physician

Director, Student Programs, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • French

Dr. Margo is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Katherine Margo

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's May 2002 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Patient Comments

Clinical Specialties


  • Family Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Family Medicine, 1982

Description of Clinical Expertise

Primary care
Evidence Based Medicine

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals
Medical School: State University of New York
Residency: University Hospital
Residency: Saint Joseph's Medical Center
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health


American Academy of Family Physicians, National American Balint Society, National FAIMER-advisor to one physician per year from other county, International McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE) system, National National Board of Medical Examiners, National National Board of Medical Examiners--Family Medicine Question Writing Committee, National Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, Local Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Margo is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Medical Education
Community Medicine

Selected Publications:

Anthony D, Jerpbak CM, Margo KL, Power DV, Slatt Lm: "Do we pay our community preceptors?: Results from a CERA clerkship directors’ survey" Family Medicine 46 (3): 167-73,2014.

Scott SM, Schifferdecker KE, Anthony D, Chao J, Chessman AW, Margo KL, Seagrave, M: Contemporary Teaching Strategies of Exemplary Community Preceptors - Is Technology Helping? Family Medicine 46 (10): 776,2014.

Hammoud M, Margo KL, Christner JG, Fisher J, Fischer SH: Opportunities and Challenges in Integrating Electronic Health Records into Undergraduate Medical Education: a National Survey of Clerkship Directors Teaching and Learning in Medicine 24 (3): 219,2012.

Hammoud MM, Dalymple JL, Christner JG, Stewart RA, Fisher J, Margo KL, Ali II, Briscoe GW: Medical Student Documentation in Electronic Health Records: A Collaborative Statement From the Alliance for Clinical Education Teaching and Learning in Medicine 24 (3): 257,2012.

Corcoran AM, True G, Charles N: Geriatric Palliative Care: Do Medical Student Narrative Reflections After a Hospice Clinical Experience Link to Geriatric Competencies? Gerontology & Geriatrics Education online 00:1-12 : 2013.

Margo KL, Brazeau C: Letter to the editor Academic Medicine 83 (12): 1121,2008.

Margo KL, Gazewood J, Jerpbak C, Burge S: Clerkship Directors’ Characteristics, Scholarship, and Support: A Summary of Published Surveys from Seven Medical Specialties. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 21 (2): 2009.

Review:Custom-made foot orthoses for the treatment of foot pain [Comment] ACP Journal Club 149 (6): 2008.

Cronholm PF, Margo KL, Bazelon G, Bream K, Bennett IM, Barg FK: Student Attitudes: Potential Barriers to Implementing a Successful Community Medicine Field Activity. Family Medicine 41 (1): 22-27,2009.

Margo KL, Gazewood J, Jerpbak C: How do Clerkship Directors from Core Specialties Compare? Teaching and Learning in Medicine. : 2006.

Nicholson JM, Caughey A, Stenson MH, Cronholm P, Kellar L, Bennett I, Margo KM: Active management of risk in multiparous pregnancy at term: association between a higher preventive labor induction rate and improved birth outcomes. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, "Editor's Choice" 200 (3): 250.e1-13,2009.

Journal Watch From ACE (Alliance for Clinical Education) Annual Review of Medical Education Articles in Family Medicine Journals 2007-2008 Teaching and Learning in Medicine 21 (2): 2009.

Fincher FE ed, Cox S, DaRosa DA, Lynn DJ, Margo KL, Morgenstern BZ, Pangaro LN: Guidebook for Clerkship Directors Guidebook for Clerkship Directors Third Ed. : 2005.

Nutrition and The primary care clinician (Chapter 1). The Complete Guide to Nutrition in Primary Care. : 3-12,2007.

Margo KL: Testosterone treatments: Why, when, and how? American Family Physician 73 : 1591-1598,2006.

Margo KL: Journal Watch from ACE (Alliance for Clinical Education): Review of Medical Education Articles in Family Medicine Journals. Teach Learn Med. 18 (1): 82-86,2006.

Chapter 16: Management of Menopausal Symptoms The ACP Handbook of Women's Health : 2009.

Commentary on “Lumbar fusion did not differ from cognitive therapy plus exercise for reducing disability and pain in chronic low back pain" Evidence-Based Medicine 2004 9:51. Comment on: Borx JI, Sorensen R, Friis A et al. Spine 2003; 28: 1913-1921. : 1913-1921,2003.

Sadovsky R, Dhindsa S: Testosterone deficiency: Which patients should you screen and treat? A dialogue Jan 30, 2007. Supplement to The Journal of Family Practice. : 2007.

Psychological interventions for non-cardiac chest pain. American Family Physician 72 (9): 1701-1702,2005.

Spinal manipulative Therapy for Low Back Pain. American Family Physician 71 : 464-465,2005.

Margo: ACP Journal Club. Review: Corticosteroids improve short-term outcomes but worsen longer-term outcomes in some types of tendinopathy Ann Intern Med. 15 (154(2)): JC2-4,2011.

Margo: Review: back exercise interventions prevent self-reported episodes of back problems in adults but ergonomic education does not (comment). Evidence-Based Medicine 14 (4): 117,2009.

Margo: DEET is the most effective mosquito repellent Journal of Family Practice 1 : 822,2002.

Margo, KL and Larsen: Orthopedic Emergencies Office Emergencies. : 143-154,2002.

Margo K.L.: Back pain Manual of Family Practice 2nd ed. : 67-70,2002.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Mutch 6
39th and Market St

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 662-8777
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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