Dr. Catherine Picken, MD, FACS

Head & Neck Surgeon

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2440 M Street NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC, 20037

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****When booking an appointment, please provide all insurance information to make your visit as accurate as possible**** Although a native of Illinois, Dr. Picken has lived and worked in Washington for over 20 years. She graduated summa cum laude from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and then graduated from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her internship and two years of residency in General Surgery at Northwestern before coming to Washington as a clinical fellow at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Surgical Branch. After selecting Head and Neck Surgery as her career choice, she completed four years of residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. During her early career, she served as the Chief, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Washington for four years before joining the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown full-time. She was with Georgetown University for over ten years prior to entering private practice. Dr. Picken received numerous awards while at Georgetown, including teaching awards, a Special Citation for Clinical Excellence, and recognition in the hospital's Gallery of Service Excellence every year since it was instituted. She has been cited in Washingtonian magazine's "Top Doctors", Who's Who, and Best Doctor's in America. Currently, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown University Hospital.

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Highly, highly recommended. Immediate grasp of the medical circumstances, implications. Unafraid to say that little could be done about some effects. Did agree that an aide would help hearing in one ear. Superb presence and efficiency, without being focused solely on one's illness, to the unfortunate exclusion of the person. Wholely refreshing. Could not have been more cared for as a patient and as a human being. Wholely understanding and efficient.

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Dr. Picken is very friendly, knowledgeable, and has great bedside manner. She always takes the time to answer any questions and address concerns. I highly recommend her.

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Dr. Picken is very competent and knowledgeable and explained diagnosis and treatment to my entire satisfaction. I completely trust her medical skills.

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I highly recommend Dr. Picken. She is thorough. She listens.

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Dr. Picken was very personable and spent a good amount of time with me walking through a CT scan another doctor had ordered. She put it in easy to understand terms and spent time answering any questions I had. She also gave me a LOT of information before seeing if I had questions, essentially answering many of my potential questions in advance. The desk staff and nurses were friendly and they even helped me out by calling my insurance company about pre-authorization which had previously taken me two weeks before!

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It was a positive experience. The procedure I need was explained very clearly and questions were answered with patience.

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Dr. Picken explained the nuances of everything with patience and some humor. She made me very comfortable asking questions and provided a concise and understandable outline of my treatment options. I would definitely come back.

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Front desk staff was great and accommodating. Dr. Pickens was wonderful and did a lot to reassure me about my upcoming procedure.

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I love going to Dr. Picken!!

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Dr. Picken is a TRULY amazing doctor!

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Dr. Picken was really great! I appreciated her explaining, step by step, what was going to happen, listening to me and my symptoms, and being patient when I sometimes spaced out on an explanation. Also communicated with my PCP very thoroughly.

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She was nice professional and on time. She was thorough in hr explanation of my scans and explained what we needed to do to relieve my situation.

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Dr Picken is a wonderful, competent, listening doctor. One of the best I have ever met.

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She was professional and prompt. She asked appropriate questions and I feel confident in her treatments so far.

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One of the most thoughtful and thorough specialists I have seen in my 20 years in the metro area. I was not rushed, all my questions were answered, and the doctor's beside manner was excellent. She is the ideal.combination: an expert who is open-minded, curious and kind. Highly recommend.

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She is very professional and obviously competent. She had access online to all my needed records

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Office is very clean and quiet, staff is very professional and pleasant. Building has parking!!!!!

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It is easy to see why Dr. Pickens is a top ENT. She listened carefully to my issues, came to a diagnosis and got an examination of my throat going right away, Afterwards she explained what she saw, and provided appropriate meds. I felt she did more in 15 min. than most doctors I have seen in years. Highly recommended.

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I thought it was very professional it's a wait time to see what she suggest works . I'll keep you posted overall went well .

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Took time to discuss and help me evaluate all options.

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Dr Picken took time to listen to my concerns. She explained what she was going to do during the exam and was very clear in her diagnosis. The front desk staff was courteous and helpful and the office was clean and pleasant.

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Very professional and knowledgeable, Dr. Picken addressed all of my concerns and made accurate diagnoses.

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Dr. Pickens has a great bedside manner. Didn't feel rushed and addressed all of my questions calmly and reassuringly. I am planning to have a surgical procedure with her.

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Truly top doctor with excellent experience. So sweet, nice and knowledgable. She give her patient all the time he needs to know about everything.

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She is knowledgable, professional and skillful. She gave her patient the whole time to explain the tiny details of her diagnosis and what is the best way for treatment. She is also nice and kind.

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It was a very positive experience.

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She was great! Walked me through the whole process of a procedure. She's very experienced and really gives you her full attention. Will absolutely be going back.

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As always, she was excellent. The only iissue is ZocDoc and her schedulers are a bit out of sync. They had me scheduled for a half hour earlier than I had actually scheduled. I responded to ZocDoc with a text and they promptly fixed the issue.

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No wait, pleasant consultation.

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Wonderful bedside manner. Very compassionate. Thorough. She answered all of my questions and went through my MRI with me. I felt very comfortable with her treatment recommendation. I highly recommend this great doctor!

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Dr. Picken is friendly, competent and helpful. I never have to wait long at her office. Also, she favors simple solutions over complicated, expensive ones. Great doctor!

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Dr. Picken was efficient but also understanding. This was my first visit to an ENT and she was patient with me. I would highly recommend her.

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I had a brief consultation with Dr. Picken regarding various health concerns and how they might be related. She was excellent in hearing what I was saying, asking questions, and synthesizing the information. She performed a test I had requested and ordered an MRI. She also asked for other xrays I had done, so she can gather the information and discuss it with me afterward. I was very impressed with her--her manner, her knowledge, and her plannned course of action.

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She is very attentive and patient. She answered all my questions. I didnt feel rushed at all during the appointment

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Very thorough and professional. Would definitely recommend.

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It was great and she gave some ideas to try to help me get a better night sleep.

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Highly satisfied.

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I enjoyed my visit. She was concerned about my health and very professional. Part of my wait time was due to the paperwork I had to fill out. After I finished the paperwork my wait time was less than 15 minutes.

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she was the most knowledgeable doctor I have seen in the last month and I have seen at least 5 to treat a current, ongoing problem. I thought she was great and I would highly recommend her. my wait time included filling out the forms as a new patient so it probably took 15 minutes. once in the exam room, she came right in.

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Dr Picken is excellent. Patient and knowledgable. Her office staff is not up to her standards