Dr. Catherine Picken, MD, FACS

Head & Neck Surgeon

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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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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

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Dr. Picken was attentive and extremely polite. She listened to my concerns and examined me accordingly.

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Dr Pickens was very thorough with my visit. I had went to another ENT prior to her and was misdiagnosed. But when I went to Dr. Pickens she explained everything in detail and went the extra mile to try to figure out is wrong with me. She was able to rule out what I was told was wrong. And now we have a plan of action to proceed further to cure me. I would highly recommend Dr. Pickens to anyone that wants the truth, professionalism, and fantastic bedside manner.

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Dr. Pickens was courteous, attentive, and very thorough. She listened carefully to my problem and asked many questions to better understand. I appreciated her genuine interest in helping find the root of my problem. I would recommend her to anyone needing to visit an otolaryngologist.

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Very Friendly doctor. Wasn't able to help with my issues since it ended up being a neurology issue and not a ENT issue though...

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Other than the wait time, I was very satisfied with the medical service. She is an excellent physician who explained what she was doing as she provided the medical service.

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A true professional!!!!! She listened, understood my problems and investigated my condition and then gave me some reassurance that some slight medications could ease the situation. I was very impressed.

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Dr. Picken took her time to explain what was going on with me, and was very amicable.

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Amazing Dr. -- very knowledgeable, patient, and caring. I fully trust her with my health. Highly recommended!

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Very professional & Dr Picken was patient & put me at ease

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She is very nice and professional. I like that she takes her time and doesn't make me feel very rushed.

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It was very good

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She is one of the best doctors I've seen. Great bedside manner, very thorough in her exam, and keeps everything electronically.

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Dr. Picken is great and helpful.

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Excellent manners and a natural kindness and openness.

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Dr. Picken was fabulous - great bedside manner, very re-assuring, very competent and never felt like she was rushing the conversation. I saw her without a referral assuming she would be the right kind of doctor to help me with an issue with my tonsils, and she welcomed me as a new patient and was very responsive. Highly recommend.

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Overall, a great visit. I've been to several specialists and Dr. Picken was not only the fastest, but truly seemed to care and empathize. I would recommend her to anyone.

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Excellent!

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Excellent as always

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Dr. Picken was highly professional, listened carefully to what I had to say, asked good questions, and quickly homed in on a possible solution to my problem. Couldn't ask for more!

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She is very friendly and makes me feel very important to her and at home. This was my 2nd appointment with her and I couldn't be more pleased. She has given me a direction with my problems and I feel that we are going somewhere positive unlike my previous ENT. I am very much looking forward to my ongoing relationship with her.

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I have a severe sinus infection and was on one antibiotic after another with no cure! Went to the little doc in the box clinics and was given amoxicillin & others but no good results. She has me on a new stronger antibiotic and hopefully, I will see better results soon!

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I am very happy with Dr Picken