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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

See publications for Shakuntala Rao, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/1/2021, 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

80 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

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

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Dr Rao is amazing. Always a pleasure to see her. She even called several hours after my visit was over to prescribe a diff medication for my daughter. Very pleased with her service

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

dr Rao is the best

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

awesome staff & best Dr S Rao you can possibly have

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr. Rao is a very attentive provider.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr. Rao is the best. She made sure we are getting the answers needed and has referred us to additional dr for more info.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Dr. Rao is amazing and I am so glad that we found her for our son!

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Dr. Rao was very kind and thorough. I felt like she really cared about our daughter and making sure we understood everything. She also followed up with our intended future pediatrician to make sure she was up to speed on our daughter's circumstances and ensured there would be a good transition of her care.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Dr. Rao always listens to our concerns and is very thorough. She listened about our concerns about a possible congenital heart condition and even though he had an echo last year, she took it seriously and wants to make sure Collin is perfectly healthy!

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

*Dr. S Rao is very knowledgeable and caring. I would definitely recommend her to others.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

My first visit for my daughter (newborn visit) I wasn't feeling well my sugar dropped and felt like I was going to faint *Dr. Rao & *Gina took great care of me. Later *Dr. Rao called to check on me. So sweet and personable ALWAYS!

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!!!

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