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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As of 8/25/2020, Dr. Rao has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

90 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 4.7

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

We love Dr. Rao! She is so amazing and has always taken the best care of Julia!

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Dr. Rao has always been helpful with our questions. She never rushes through our appointments. We trust her advice.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Always a pleasure to interact with Dr. Rao and her office staff. Everyone is always so courteous and accommodating of our needs.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr. Rao is thorough and answers our questions. She is very good with my son and our family loves her as our pediatrician!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Coordination between Dr. Rao, her staff, and other team members are always smooth flowing.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr. Rao is the best doctor we could ever ask for. My children absolutely love her. She treats us like family and even will check in with me through out the year to see how my children are doing. We love her so much and so thankful for her care and her kind heart. She really should get pediatrician of the year or lifetime!

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr. Rao was very attentive, as always.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

maybe it was just a bad moment, but I'm high dissatisfied at how long I waited for my children to receive one shot. maybe the appointments were over booked, but 2.5 hours just seems a little bit extensive when most of that time we were in the room by ourselves waiting on the doctor to come do our check up.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

we love Dr.Rao

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr Rao made it so easy.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr. Rao was so thorough and didn't miss a beat, even on video chat.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Love Dr. Rao!!!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dr. Rao always ensures we are taken care of. She will find a way to help us. I wish more doctors were like her.

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.

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