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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/8/2020, 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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* 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

238 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

83 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Dr. rao is an amazing provider and treated my husband and I with upmost respect. he answered all of our questions and concerns and was very professional.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Dr. Rao goes above and beyond. He called me to check on me and see if there was anything he could do. He's the most caring doctor I've ever seen. Always takes time for his patients and answers all questions. I'd recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr Rao is awesome I am a long time patient

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

I have been going to Dr. Rao since my teens, he is by far the absolute BEST doctor i have met. He always takes time to talk to me about my whole health. He's one in a million.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Dr. Rao is compassionate and caring. He takes the time to listen and explain.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

love my Dr. Rao!

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020


Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Good. I feel comfortable with the DR. RAO

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Dr.Rao is the best! He listens, he cares and he is so professional,kind and knowledgeable!

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Have been seeing Dr Rao for years. Always courteous and willing to take as much time as necessary. The best!!!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

dr Rao is a very compassionate professional. it is obvious he enjoys his work and seems to be excited each and every time he brings a new life into the world.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Did not like having to wait almost 2 months for an appointment after being a patient of Dr. Rao's for 30 yrs.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Rao is amazing. He is caring & smart.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Dr. R_____ was patient & courteous as well as brilliant.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

I love dr roa...

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Dr. Rao is a kind, knowledgeable, (and busy) doctor. It is great that he now has an assistant to help with entering information into the computer so that he focus more on his patients!

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Dr Dinkar Rao is an outstanding physician who goes above and beyond for his patients

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Had to wait 6 weeks for an appointment. When Dr. Rao was not with the clinic you could get in within a week

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Dr. Rao is AWESOME! Always caring, concerned. and professional.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Dr. Rao had a scribe with him so that he could talk directly to me and listen to my questions and concerns without having to turn to type everything into the computer. I liked that we maintained eye contact during our discussion. As always Dr. Rao was courteous and expressed an interest in me and my health. Dr. Rao always remembers me. I am more than just a patient on a chart to him.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

*Dr. Dinkar Rao is exceptional, dedicated, always, available, positive attitude, applied shared decision making.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Love Dr Rao. He is first class. Always attentive and addresses my concerns

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. Dinkar Rao is definitely one of the best doctors I ever met. He is very passionate about what he does. You can tell how happy he is as a doctor and OB. He is very down to earth and treats his patients with utmost respect. You can also tell how his staff are very happy working for him. He listens very well and addresses all concern. I can also reach him anytime and answers me right away. I work in a nursing home and I met people at work that sees him as their OB and they are all very pleased with him. He is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr Rao and his staff always provide excellent service.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

This was the first time I saw Dr. Rao and I really liked him and his staff! I will go back to him for my doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

I could not imagine not having Dr. Rao as my doctor. He is the kindness, most compassionate Doctor a woman would want to have. Every time I leave his office, he makes me feel that what I had to say was important, and he listens to what I am feeling, helps and reassures me that everything will be okay.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

A lot of my friends, and my sister are patients of Dr. Rao.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Dr Rap is definitely one of the best doctors out there. He is super nice, courteous, listens well and addresses everything. He explains well.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

I cannot make enough positive comments about Dr. Rao and his staff. I always have a comfortable, informative visit.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019

Dr Rao is the best! so very kind!!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

love Dr. Rao - I've been seeing him for about 25 years. he's the best!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr Rao's staff is very helpful, courteous and prompt.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr Rao is a wonderful physician whom I've known for many years. He is so kind, always listens and helps keep me informed. I refer all of my friends to Dr Rao.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr. Rao made me feel at ease, he listened and took the time with me that I needed to get all of my questions and any concerns answered. He if professional yet very compassionate. A doctor who truly cares - I don't feel like just a number to him, ever. I would rate Dr. Rao a 5+++++

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

I love Dr. Rao. He is kind, professional, and knowlegible.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Rao has been my doctor for over 20 years, and he is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

*Dr. Dinkar Rao is hands down the best!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Dr Rao exemplifies courtesy and concern, and is a knowledgeable, experienced physician.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

I have recommended *Dr. Rao to nearly every woman I know!

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Have been going to this office for years.. the doctors staff are the best around

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

I have been going to Dr. Rao for going on 35 years. I have gone through numerous problems, procedures, and a miscaarriage. His knowledge, skill, and caring matter are impeccable. He is my favorite physician and I wish there were many more like him. I'm afraid I've never met one.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr. Dinkar Rao is excellent. The very best doctor I have ever had. Dr. Dinkar Rao is an asset to the Cleveland Clinic. I worked with him at Mt. Sinai Hospital before he became my doctor with Dr. Thomas Redding. Dr. Dinkar Rao checked on me for three months while I was at Hillcrest Hospital for my youngest son. Dr. Dinkar Rao goes beyond the requirements of what is expected from a doctor. Dr. Dinkar Rao is a true professional and gentleman. I will always be grateful for Dr. Dinkar Rao's help.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr. Dinkar Rao is excellent. I will return to Dr. Dinkar Rao.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr. Dinkar Rao is excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr Rao is absolutely the best. I have been a patient of his for years.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr Dinkar Rao is one of the best doctors I ever met. you can tell he loves his job and shows genuine concern for his patients. He greets you with a smile, treats you with respect, listens well and addresses all my concerns. He is awesome!

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

you simply do not have enough space for me to describe what a fantastic amazing doctor I have with Dr. Rao. He is been my OB/GYN for nearly 30 years. I have developed a deep sense of trust,admiration, respect and comfort with this physician. he knows my history he knows my concerns he knows what is normal and abnormal with my body I completely and profoundly trust this man with literally my life and my health. at this point in my life I have several doctors who look out for my care. But there's not one ever that has treated me with kindness and understanding like Dr. Rao. There is not one who I feel comfortable completely telling all my concerns to. and certainly he is one that I have referred to many many many other women. He is in my opinion the very best physician you have on staff at the Cleveland clinic!

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

*Dr. Rao is the BEST! Very knowledgeable, friendly, positive energy - enjoy seeing him.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

my experience is been good for dr. rao and I always refer him to other as he is one of the best doc known in Hillcrest.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Rao for 40 years. Always caring and compassionate.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr. Rao is the best doctor I have ever used. always makes you feel like you're not just a number but someone that he truly cares about.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

always recommend Dr. Rao

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr. Rao is an exceptional, thorough, caring doctor that I have been with for many years. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

dr Rao is the very best!!!!

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr. Rao cares about his patients and it is in the way he listens and shows empathy.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

I love Dr Rao amazing kind caring doctor. very efficient and thorough !

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr Rao has always cared about me and any health concerns I have. he is truly an amazing and kind doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr Rao is booked because he's the best.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Rao has always been great!

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

I've been going to Dr Rao for 30 years he has been nothing but awesome!

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

I would never change doctor. he is a very good dr

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2019

*Lindsey Bengal in labor & delivery was amazing! I accredit her and *Dr. Alyssa Hermmann & *Dr. Rao for my VBAC success.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Dr. Ra o is the best. always courteous and professional. He is extremely knowledable. I cant say enough about Dr.Rao!

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

I have already told about a dozen people what a wonder and caring man Dr. Rao is.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

Dr. Rao is amazing. I have been seeing him for almost 12 years. He has helped me through some tough pregnancies and tough times in general. He really cares about his patient's well being. He listens well and you never feel like he is rushing you out. He has exceptional bedside manner and has gone above and beyond as my ob/gyn!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

dr Rao is not only an outstanding doctor but a fine human being. a rare gem in the medical community. i think I speak for thousands of patients in saying we are fortunate to have him as our doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

Dr. Rao is and was very caring. he took time to answer any question I had.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

I've been going to Dr. Dinkar Rao since the birth of my daughter 32 years ago. He is very professional and a very caring individual. He gets top rating from my family and I

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Dr Rao always goes above and beyond. Your health is always his top priority, and he gives that same care to everyone that comes to see him.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

My experience was very professional and the doctor was very very good!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

This doctor is well versed and highly trained! He will be my doctor in the future!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

dr rao is the most amazing, caring, skilled, knowledgeable dr that there is! i am forever grateful for him.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

first time seeing this doctor. very pleased and impressed. would highly recommend

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

I can't imagine any improvement in Dr. Rao or his staff as I have always felt very comfortable from the moment I enter his office:)He is the best!

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr. Rao ALWAYS makes himself available for appointments and phone calls, no matter what the circumstances are. He is a dedicated physician and with all his years of experience is so knowledgeable. I find such comfort in knowing that he is caring for me during my first pregnancy.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2019

This was my first encounter with the new weekend staff since Dr. Rao just joined the clinic a couple of weeks earlier, so I will say they were nice and professional, but relationship building has not really begun at this point. I will recommend Dr. Rao because of his excellent service and skills.

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