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Faculty, 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.


Cosmetic Surgery (Transformations)

Hand Surgery and Microsurgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Plastic Surgery
Fellowship St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
University of Louisville-Kentucky, Louisville, KY

Research Fellow, Microsurgery, St. Vincentâ??s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 1980-1981 Fellow, Hand Surgery, University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY, 1981-1982

Residency Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Internship General Hospital, Madras, India
Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY
Medical School Madras Medical College, India, 1970


Best Doctors® in America 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.


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.

PubMed Articles
Christie BM Rao VK . The Role of a 'Holistic' Journal Club. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul 17;
[PubMed ID: 28753148]
Christie BM Kapur S Kempton SJ Hanson SE Ma Y Rao VK . A Prospective Randomized Trial Comparing the Effects of Lidocaine in Breast Reduction Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May;139(5):1074e-1079e
[PubMed ID: 28445354]
McCarthy J Hartmann E Bentz ML Rao VK Jee Y Rivedal D Poore SO . Seeing is Believing? Preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Pressure Ulcers: Implications for Surgical Management. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Mar;5(3):e1263
[PubMed ID: 28458977]
Chen JT Kempton SJ Rao VK . The Economics of Skin Cancer: An Analysis of Medicare Payment Data. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Sep;4(9):e868
[PubMed ID: 27757333]
McCarthy JE Rao VK . Systematic Review and Operative Technique of Recalcitrant Pressure Ulcers Using a Fillet Flap Technique. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Aug;4(8):e1001
[PubMed ID: 27622082]
Rao AJ Kempton SJ Erickson BJ Levine BR Rao VK . Soft Tissue Reconstruction and Flap Coverage for Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2016 Jul;31(7):1529-38
[PubMed ID: 27038863]
Poore SO Israel JS Rao VK . Thirty-Year Follow-up of Total Hand Replantation: A Case Report. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 May;76(5):521-3
[PubMed ID: 25046672]
Sillah NM Jee Y Rao VK Poore SO . Reconstructive Surgery for Breast Cancer Patients: Have Improved Treatment Modalities Outpaced Current Legislation? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jul;136(1):123e-124e
[PubMed ID: 25803153]
Israel JS Chen JT Rao VK Poore SO . Plastic surgeons' perceptions of the affordable care act: results of a national survey. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Jan;3(1):e293
[PubMed ID: 25674374]
Chen JT Israel JS Poore SO Rao VK . The Affordable Care Act: a primer for plastic surgeons. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Nov;134(5):830e-837e
[PubMed ID: 25347659]
Kuehn HS Ouyang W Lo B Deenick EK Niemela JE Avery DT Schickel JN Tran DQ Stoddard J Zhang Y Frucht DM Dumitriu B Scheinberg P Folio LR Frein CA Price S Koh C Heller T Seroogy CM Huttenlocher A Rao VK Su HC Kleiner D Notarangelo LD Rampertaap Y Olivier KN McElwee J Hughes J Pittaluga S Oliveira JB Meffre E Fleisher TA Holland SM Lenardo MJ Tangye SG Uzel G . Immune dysregulation in human subjects with heterozygous germline mutations in CTLA4. Science. 2014 Sep 26;345(6204):1623-1627
[PubMed ID: 25213377]
Kempton SJ Burish NM Rao VK . Electronic cigarettes: have you asked your patients about vaping? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jun;133(6):907e
[PubMed ID: 24867770]
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]