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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.

Specialties

Cosmetic Surgery (Transformations)

Hand Surgery and Microsurgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

UW Health Clinics

UW Carbone Cancer Center
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UW Hospital and Clinics
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1 S. Park Clinic
(608) 287-2100 | (888) 703-2778 | Map
2349 Deming Way Clinic (Transformations)
(608) 836-9990 | (866) 447-9990 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Plastic Surgery
Fellowship 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
Residency Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Internship General Hospital, Madras, India
Medical School Madras Medical College, India, 1970

Awards/Honors

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.

Procedures

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

Research

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
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):1623-7
[PubMed ID: 25213377]
Poore SO Israel JS Rao VK . Thirty-Year Follow-up of Total Hand Replantation: A Case Report. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Jul 17;
[PubMed ID: 25046672]
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]
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]