Venkat K. Rao, MD, MBA Print Friendly PageFaculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Venkat Rao is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with a certificate of additional qualifications in hand surgery. He specializes in breast reconstruction, hand and microsurgery, limb reattachment, and nerve injuries. Dr. Rao is chief of the UW replantation service and is a member of the UW Health Breast Center.
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UW School of Medicine and Public Health
|Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery|
Professional Certifications and Education
St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, University of Louisville
Research Fellow, Microsurgery, St. Vincentâ??s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 1980-1981 Fellow, Hand Surgery, University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY, 1981-1982
Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
General Hospital, Madras, India
Madras Medical College, India, 1970
Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implant Removal
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reconstruction with Implants
- Breast Reduction
- Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
- Cyst Mass Excision of the Hand
- DeQuervains Release
- Earlobe Repair
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Hand Surgery
- Latissimus Dorsi Flap Breast Reconstruction
- Limb Salvage Surgery
- Microsurgery for Plastic and Reconstructive Procedures
- Mole and Skin Tag Removal
- Nerve Repair
- Nipple Areola Reconstruction
- Tendon Repair
- TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction
- Trauma Injury Reconstruction
- Tummy Tuck
Dr. Venkat Rao’s current research interests include breast reconstruction, nerve injuries, limb preservation for replantation with the rat model, and internal fixation in hand fractures.
Rao VK Schmid DB Hanson SE Bentz ML .
Establishing a multidisciplinary academic cosmetic center. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Dec;128(6):741e-6e
[PubMed ID: 22094775]
Larson JD Gutowski KA Marcus BC Rao VK Avery PG Stacey DH Yang RZ .
The effect of electroacustimulation on postoperative nausea, vomiting, and pain in outpatient plastic surgery patients: a prospective, randomized, blinded, clinical trial. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar;125(3):989-94
[PubMed ID: 20195124]
Stacey DH Spring MA Breslin TM Rao VK Gutowski KA .
Exploring the effect of the referring general surgeon's attitudes on breast reconstruction utilization. WMJ. 2008 Sep;107(6):292-7
[PubMed ID: 18935899]
Swelstad MR Swelstad BB Rao VK Gutowski KA .
Management of gestational gigantomastia. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Sep 15;118(4):840-8
[PubMed ID: 16980844]
Kale SS Rao VK Bentz ML .
Glomus tumor of the index finger. J Craniofac Surg. 2006 Jul;17(4):801-4
[PubMed ID: 16877938]
Waclawik AJ Rao VK .
Effective treatment of severe finger flexion weakness in inclusion body myositis using tendon transfers. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2002 Sep;4(1):31-2
[PubMed ID: 19078685]
Norden MA Rao VK Southard JH .
Improved preservation of rat hindlimbs with the University of Wisconsin solution and butanedione monoxime. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1997 Sep;100(4):957-65
[PubMed ID: 9290664]
Pirsch JD Andrews C Hricik DE Josephson MA Leichtman AB Lu CY Melton LB Rao VK Riggio RR Stratta RJ Weir MR .
Pancreas transplantation for diabetes mellitus. Am J Kidney Dis. 1996 Mar;27(3):444-50
[PubMed ID: 8604718]
Damron TA Jebson PJ Rao VK Engber WD Norden MA .
Biomechanical analysis of dorsal plate fixation in proximal phalangeal fractures. Ann Plast Surg. 1994 Mar;32(3):270-5
[PubMed ID: 8192387]
Rao VK Baertsch A .
Microvascular reconstruction of the upper extremity with the rectus abdominis muscle. Microsurgery. 1994;15(10):746-50
[PubMed ID: 7885223]
Swan JS Heiner JP Rao VK Weber DM .
Preoperative evaluation of giant cell tumors of the radius with magnetic resonance angiography. J Hand Surg Am. 1993 May;18(3):499-503
[PubMed ID: 8515023]
Bjorling DE Saban R Tengowski MW Gruel SM Rao VK .
Alteration of reactivity of native arteries induced by venous graft placement. Circ Res. 1993 Feb;72(2):319-29
[PubMed ID: 8418986]
Jebson PJ Sanderson M Rao VK Engber WD .
High-pressure injection injuries of the hand. Wis Med J. 1993 Jan;92(1):13-6
[PubMed ID: 8424275]
Bjorling DE Saban R Tengowski MW Gruel SM Rao VK .
Removal of venous endothelium with air. J Pharmacol Toxicol Methods. 1992 Nov;28(3):149-57
[PubMed ID: 1489986]
Weiner M Rao VK Goossens DP Gruel SM .
Segmental transplantation of the small bowel to the rat groin. Transplantation. 1991 Mar;51(3):738-9
[PubMed ID: 2006536]
Mixter RC Rao VK Katsaros J Noon J Tan E .
Simultaneous reconstruction of cervical soft tissue and esophagus with a gastro-omental free flap. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1990 Nov;86(5):905-9
[PubMed ID: 2236315]
Goossens DP Rao VK Harms BA Starling JR .
Superoxide dismutase and catalase in skin flaps during venous occlusion and reperfusion. Ann Plast Surg. 1990 Jul;25(1):21-5
[PubMed ID: 2378493]
Cook DA Heiner JP Rao VK .
Necrotizing candidal fasciitis following hip surgery. Orthopedics. 1990 Jul;13(7):768-70
[PubMed ID: 2374758]
Goossens DP Gruel SM Rao VK .
A survey of microsurgery training in the United States. Microsurgery. 1990;11(1):2-4
[PubMed ID: 2325553]
Noon JF Rao VK Mixter RC .
Free flap fricasse: iatrogenic thermal injury to a lateral arm flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 1989 Oct;5(4):313-5
[PubMed ID: 2810197]
Strinden WD Dibbell DG Sr Turnipseed WD Acher CW Rao VK Mixter RC .
Coverage of acute vascular injuries of the axilla and groin with transposition muscle flaps: case reports. J Trauma. 1989 Apr;29(4):512-6
[PubMed ID: 2709462]