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Department Obstetrics and Gynecology
Primary Location Hillcrest Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Hillcrest Hospital
Primary Location

Hillcrest Hospital



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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Kasturba Medical College
Mysore State, In


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Dinkar Rao, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/6/2021, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

225 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 4.9
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

77 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Doctor Rao is a very good doctor. I have been a patient of his for at least 35 years.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

took months to get available apt but he is a very busy and loved doctor!! so it's understandable

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

excellent provider

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

The person I spoke with was unaware of how to schedule my mammogram the same day as *Dr. Rao. I've always done both in one day since I drive a distance and she was confused and unable to accommodate me. I had to do it in 2 visits.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

*Dr. Rao is the best doctor I've ever had. He is one of a kind. He listens to my concerns and always gets to the bottom and solves my issues.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Dr. Rao is by far one of the best physicians my daughter and I have ever had. Never in a hurry to spend the time needed. Very friendly and caring. Very knowledgeable. He was the only doctor to diagnose my daughter's issues after having gone to many specialists with no results. Such a sweet man.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Dr. Rao's staff was always very prompt at getting back to me with any questions that I had! Dr. Rao was phenomenal and always made me feel safe and secure throughout my whole pregnancy.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Dr. Rao and his scribe both were amazing and made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Dr Rao is the best!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

He is a most wonderful,caring physician. He was very thorough, answered all my questions and followed up in the hospital.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

*Dr. Roa is amazing!

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

Dr Rao is very kind and comforting.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Wonderful doctor, very personable and caring!

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Dr Rao is a wonderful physician and answered all my questions and concerns. He called me immediately with the results of my biopsy. I would definitely recommend Dr Rao to my friends and family.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

my experience with Dr. rao and his office is always excellent. and I feel very well cared for

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Dr. rao is the best. I trust him with my life and the life of all my babies.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

good experience securing appt. very impressed with Covid precautions made at Hillcrest. I would go through any process to secure an appt with Dr. Rao however, it was very easy. thanks

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Dr Rao provides excellent care

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr. Rao is one of the best doctors I have ever met - he is very caring and kind, and is a great professional.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr. Rao is caring, competent, kind, and professional. I love him and he is a great asset to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. Rao is the BEST! He is a very caring, gentle and knowledgeable physician. I've been his patient for 26+ years and I am very grateful for him. Thank you Dr. Rao!!!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

*Dr. Rao (Dikar) was amazing, would recommend.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Dr. Rao is wonderful!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

I have recommended Dr Rao to many women and will continue. He is exceptional!!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Dr. Rao is the best doctor I have ever had. He is caring, personable, and thorough. The Clinic is lucky to have him on staff.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Doctors were great, especially the pediatrician answered all my questions and concerns; my OB was awesome.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

he is the best doctor, hands down, I have ever had the pleasure to work with. that is saying a lot because I am very picky!

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Dr. Rao gave me an urgent appointment, explained the diagnosis, treatment & prognosis & scheduled the procedure urgently.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr. Dinkar Rao is simply the best! I switched my insurance just so that I could have him as my OBGYN and have him deliver my next baby because I had such a great experience delivering with him last time.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

the best personable doctor I have known. very caring and listens to my needs and works to the best for me. I have had always good experience with Dr Rao.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Rao is the absolute best!

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

*Dr. Rao & team were great!

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

I've been seeing Dr. Rao for over 42 years and he has always been caring, compassionate, and professional.

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

Dr. Rao is an amazing doctor and cares for you as an individual and takes his time to listen to your concerns. He respects your opinion on your care and explains things very thoroughly.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

I love Dr. Rao! I trust him with my life. He is the absolute best.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

My friend recommended Dr. Rao to me, and I never regret my choice. Dr. Rao makes someone feel like they are his only concern at the moment, he is fully present, very attentive, and willing to cover as many questions and concerns a patient has during the visit. I wish him good health!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Dr. Rao is kind, professional and caring. He listens without judgement.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

*Dr. Rao went above & beyond to make sure me & baby were OK & received the best care.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Dr Rao is very thorough and spends time listening to his patients and explaining everything

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

I would, and have many times, recommended Dr. Rao to others as he is an amazing doctor on every level.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2020

Dr. Roa is hands down the best provider! I moved here from Columbus halfway through my 4th pregnancy and was very hesitant having to find a new OBGYN at this point in my life. I was blown away by his personality, empathy and care. He is an amazing person with excellent bedside manner and I would recommend him to any friend or family member. My labor went smoothly other than a dip in blood pressure; Dr. Roa was immediately there bedside to calm my nerves when the BP dropped. I am so thankful for him! You have an amazing physician in Dr. Roa.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Rao is the the best physician hands down.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

very difficult to get appointment.. but the doctor and service was very good

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr Rao is always very thorough, answers all questions, and very kind

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr Rao is always professional, courteous, and kind while delivering excellent care

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Dr Rao is such a professional. He is the absolute best!

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Dr Rao is excellent.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Dr. Rao is the best! He always talks time with patients and he makes you feel he cares about you!

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

*Rao was amazing and respectful throughout entire pregnancy. To other dr.'s who saw me in post partum, felt like just a patient.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Dr. Rao is the absolute best!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

If Dr. Rao had not asked me I wouldn't have told him I had some bleeding 1 week ago. I didnot think it was serious. He ordered an ultrasound today!

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

had to be rescheduled a few times due to Covid/provider traveling but not a huge deal

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

dr was very friendly, interested in what i had to say, knowledgeable

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Rao is one of the most caring physicians I have ever encountered. He has always considered and treated my whole person. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Dr Rao personally called me about a question I had prior to scheduling my appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Dr. Rao is a fabulous doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Dr. Rao ensured I was treated with the upmost care and I really appreciated that.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Dr Rao has been my doctor for over 40 years and he is the best!He is a good listener and shows genuine concern for patient.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

I like Dr. Rao and office team

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Dr D Rao is the most kindest and most professional person. I hope he never retires!!

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

staff was excellent. Will highly recommend Dr Rao

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr. Rao is very caring and patient and answers all my many questions. he's the best!

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Dr. Rao has been my physician for over 30 years. He is the BEST to say the least. If only other physicians had his knowledge and compassion the world would be a better place. This coming from the prospective of a patient and a nurse. I have recommended him countless times through the years.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Dr. Rao is the BEST!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

outstanding care by Dr. Rao . The kindest , most compassionate person.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr. Roa made me feel at ease from the very start. This is my fourth and final pregnancy and I was nervous to begin a new journey with a new doctor as all three of my others were delivered at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. He immediately made me forget my nerves and I know I'm going to have a great experience with him at Hillcrest.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

I love Dr. Rao he is the most dedicated, kind, compassionate doctor ever. He goes above and beyond for his patients. He is a asset that is that the Cleveland Clinic should appreciate. Should really have a not applicable choice.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Dr Rao has been by Doctor for 35 yrs..He delivered my two children. He has been a great Doctor through all these years and highly recommended and respected by everyone who knows of him

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr Rao is amazing. he listens to me and responds accordingly.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

I always recommend *Dr. D. Rao.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

*Dr. D. Rao is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

dr. Rao is a wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Dr. Rao is the best doctor I have ever had. He is a very caring and understanding. Need more doctor's like him. He is a wonderful person. He has been my doctor for almost 24 years.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dr. Rao was so nice! I was very nervous for my first appointment but he was so kind and caring I was put at ease!

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr Rao is always attentive and very caring. He listens to patients very well and will answer all the questions I have.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

dr rao and his staff deserve a ten. they are always kind and helpful.

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