Catherine Lai, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (257 reviews)

Specialities: Medical Oncology, Leukemia, Hematologic Malignancy, Hematology Oncology

Languages: English

About me

Catherine Lai, MD, MPH, is the director of Leukemia at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Board certified in hematology, medical oncology, and internal medicine, Dr. Lai specializes in detecting, monitoring, and treating acute leukemia in adults. Previously at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), she focused on clinical trials in acute leukemias. Under Dr. Lai’s leadership, the leukemia program offers acute leukemia patients advanced and highly specialized care, including clinical trials with immunotherapy. Dr. Lai’s clinical expertise complements a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to MedStar Georgetown’s Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Program, which is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and offers treatment with stem cell transplants (autologous and allogeneic) and CAR-T cell therapy. Dr. Lai’s research focuses on novel therapeutics, designing and conducting clinical trials, and health outcomes for leukemia patients.


Dr. Lai’s main areas of clinical expertise include: 

  • Acute myeloid leukemia 
  • Acute lymphoid leukemia 
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia 
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Cancer
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Aml
  • Blood Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Cancer During Pregnancy
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cancer Related Fatigue
  • Cancer Survivor
  • Endocrine Complications Of Cancer Therapy
  • Head And Neck Tumors
  • Hereditary Cancer Risk
  • Leukemia
  • Leukocytosis
  • Leukopenia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Metastases
  • Lung Mass
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Neutropenia
  • Oral Complications Of Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Side Effects Of Cancer Treatment
  • Stomach Cancer
  • White Blood Cell Disorders
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Procedures I perform

  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Biological Targeted Therapy
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Chemoradiation
  • Early Detection Of Cancer
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-5266

Fax 866-871-9487

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Insurance

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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology

Fellowship Program: National Institute of Health (2015)

Internship/Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago (2011)

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine (2008)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.9
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.8
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.9
  • Provider showed respect

    4.9
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.8
  • Aug 11, 2021

    Dr Lai is amazing. She listens to my concerns and provides easy to understand explanations.

  • Jul 14, 2021

    I have already suggested to others that they contact Dr. Lai.

  • Jul 6, 2021

    I do not know Dr. Lai as a provider. She is heading up this particular study which I volunteered for that said she was very nice, explained things well & has a good team.