Dr. Rao is a Board Certified Orthopaedic surgeon and Fellowship trained in Spine Surgery. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Southern California, and fellowship training in Spine Surgery at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Prior to joining the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Rao practiced Spine Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery in northern California for three years. He also spent time doing orthopaedic research at the Orthopädische Klinik Seepark, Bremerhaven, Germany, at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and at Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles.
Dr. Rao is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the Executive Board of the Lumbar Spine Research Society. He was recently appointed Chairperson of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Scientific Advisory Panel on Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices. In this role, he will chair the lead FDA advisory panel reviewing safety and efficacy of orthopaedic and spine related devices for marketing in the U.S. Dr. Rao was the 2014 recipient of the David Selby Award of the North American Spine Society.
Dr. Rao is an Associate Editor of The Spine Journal and is on the editorial boards of other national and international scientific journals. He has had many research papers published in prestigious scientific journals and taught at national and international meetings. His research interests include spinal biomechanics, injuries to the spine from motor vehicle collisions, the biology and mechanics of spinal fusion, and gait analysis in persons with spinal disorders
Dr. Rao sees patients at the MCW Clinics at Froedtert Hospital East. His specialty interests include the surgical and nonsurgical management of neck and back disorders, spinal tumors and trauma.
Education / Training
- Doctor of Medicine - University of Bombay - Mumbai, India (1984)
- Residency - University of Southern California School of Medicine - Los Angeles (1995)
- Fellowship in Spine Surgery - William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak, MI (1996)