Catherine Anne Picken, MD| Otolaryngology | MedStar Health
Catherine Anne Picken

Catherine Anne Picken, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (1033 reviews)

Specialties: Otolaryngology

Languages: English

Clinical areas of focus

  • Ear Mass
  • Head And Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Nasal Mass
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Sinusitis
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Voice Problems
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adenoid Hypertrophy
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinosinusitis
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak From Nose
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphonia
  • Ear Mass
  • Empty Nose Syndrome
  • Epistaxis
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)
  • Excessive Salivation
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Nerve Disease
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Paresis
  • Fissured Tongue
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Goiter
  • Head And Neck Cancer
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Loss (MIXED)
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Injury
  • Inner Ear Trauma
  • Inverted Papilloma Of The Sinus
  • Itchy Ear
  • Jaw Pain
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Dysphagia
  • Laryngeal Dystonia
  • Laryngeal Polyps
  • Laryngitis
  • Lip Droop
  • Ludwig Angina
  • Lump In Throat
  • Mastoiditis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Missing Eardrum
  • Mouth Abscess
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Mouth Infection
  • Mouth Pain
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Crusting
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Mass
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Neck Abscess
  • Neck Cyst
  • Neck Lymph Nodes
  • Nose Fracture
  • Odynophagia
  • Olfactory Nerve Disease
  • Oral Inflammation
  • Oral Lesions
  • Oral Pathology
  • Osteoma
  • Parapharyngeal Mass
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngeal Mass
  • Polyp Of Cheek
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Problems With Smell And Taste
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Swelling
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sialadenitis
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Sino Nasal Carcinoma
  • Sino Nasal Disorders
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus And Nasal Mucoceles
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Pain
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
  • Smell Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Spots On Mouth
  • Stomatitis
  • Submandibular Nodule
  • Submandibular Swelling
  • Suppurative Tonsillitis
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Swollen Parotid
  • Swollen Throat
  • Throat Abscess
  • Throat Cancer
  • Throat Mass
  • Thyroglossal Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Mass
  • Tongue Pain
  • Tongue Swelling
  • Tonsillar Abscess
  • Tonsillar Hypertrophy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tonsilloliths
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation (TMP)
  • Voice Problems
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Procedures I perform

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Da Vinci
  • Da Vinci Head & Neck Surgery
  • Ear, Nose And Throat Surgery
  • Frenectomy
  • Head And Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Inspire Therapy
  • Laryngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Video Assisted Thyroidectomy
  • Nasal Endoscopy
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Neck Mass Excision
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pillar Procedure
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Endoscopy
  • Sphenoidotomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheostomy Management
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Transoral Thyroidectomy
  • Uvuloplasty
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
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Practice locations

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Building 2
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

Fax 202-785-5040

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Fax 202-785-5040

Insurance

MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • I-SNP
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Virginia Premier
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Cigna EPO
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • United Student Resources
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Tricare East Select
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Carefirst EPO
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • United Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • D-SNP)
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • United Navigate
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • United Choice Plus
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Kaiser Select
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1981)

Internship Program: Northwestern Memorial Hospital (1980)

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1979)

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Apr 19, 2024

    Dr. Picken is the best doctor I have ever seen. She went through the results of tests I had done carefully. She explained her thoughts. She then listened to my preferences and honored my wishes for care and made me feel heard. So appreciative!

  • Apr 3, 2024

    Dr. Picken could not have been better. She was kind, thoughtful, thorough, conscientious, and very knowledgeable. She was good at diagnosing the problem. She listened carefully. Wonderful doctor!

  • Apr 2, 2024

    I found Dr. Picken to be an outstanding doctor. She listened, explained, discussed.