Department General Pediatrics
Primary Location Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Primary Location

Hillcrest Medical Building 2

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Saint Luke's Medical Center
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Mangalore, India


  • Pediatrics
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

109 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Rao and her staff are EXTREMELY nice and courteous. We appreciate all that they do for us and how caring and patient Dr. Rao is!

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

love Dr. Rao

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Love Dr. Rao!! She is amazing and always goes above and beyond!

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

We love *Dr. Rao, she's the best.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

We were a few minutes late, because I had to get my son out of school early and the office/doctor still accommodated us into the schedule. Thanks very much.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

couldnt love Dr. Rao.any more. drive 45.minutes to see.her.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Rao is a huge asset to the Cleveland Clinic and the model for all pediatric physicians.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Dr Rao and her team are awesome! Very friendly and they always make us feel like family whenever they visit. Each person I encountered was pleasant, helpful and answered our questions promptly

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

we absolutely love Dr.S Rao .She always takes her time to really take care of our children . There has been times when we have taken our children to the ER and they don't know what is wrong and she has gone over results and knew exactly what our child needed . She is one of the most caring ,personal,loving , compassionate ,educated, professional doctor we know! We appreciate that Dr Rao is our children's pediatrician. ( although our son is that the age where he needs to not see a pediatrician he still wishes he could go to her) We think she is the Best!!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Dr Rao always goes above and beyond. She takes her take and is very thorough. I wish more doctors were like her

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Always a positive experience with Dr. Rao. She is always so timely and efficient in responding to any concerns I have about my daughter.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr. Rao is a tremendous asset for the Cleveland Clinic - a fantastic provider who listens well, and is able to explain things in a succinct yet complete manner. Very compassionate and caring. Very trustworthy! A world class Pediatrician!

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr. Rao always goes above and beyond! She listens and talks to my daughter to make her comfortable.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr. Rao was kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

I absolutely love Dr. Rao ! she is amazing! I can count on her with my kids life ! I know that what she says is always right ! she has never failed us she is wonderful and has the best bedside manner a parent could ask for in a pediatrician for their child ! I have such great respect for Dr. Rao

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Rao is AMAZING with my son! she is very attentive and as a first time mom she's takes the time to explain things on a level I will understand and agree with. my son adores her. she is highly recommended by several moms I know and makes availability even if she doesn't have it.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Raos staff is equally as attentive and concerned with my son and they are very gentle and encouraging with him

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Dr. Rao is the BEST!!!! Nobody cares about her patients like she does!!!

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

Dr Rao was so nice , She took kind of personal attention for my kid.Only thing in general in case of flu we can get lab result on spot. but not sure why it was shared later in evening after 6-7 hr. Rest all I have no issue.

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