Dr. Rao received his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Columbia University. He obtained his medical degree as well as masters’ in business administration from Tulane University. Dr. Rao completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received the UAB Resident Research Award. He subsequently completed fellowship training in hematology, medical oncology, as well as HCT and cellular therapy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Rao is a bone marrow transplant physician board certified in hematology, medical oncology, and internal medicine. He specializes in the use of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and cellular therapy to treat malignant/non-malignant disorders of the blood.

Dr. Rao’s research interests include ameliorating graft versus host disease and improving metabolic control in transplant recipients. Prior to medical school, he was a research technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he obtained extensive experience in bench research in the field of HCT. Dr. Rao’s work has been published in numerous high-impact medical journals, including Blood, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Immunity.


Medical School
Tulane University

Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hematology, medical oncology, HCT and cellular therapy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center



Languages Spoken


Procedures & Conditions

Stem cell and bone marrow transplant, Transplant Surgery


Transplant Surgery
Internal Medicine

Sub Specialty

Hematology / Oncology

Office Locations

Texas Transplant Physician Group
901 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 816-8611
Fax: (512) 816-6766