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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.



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UW Health at The American Center
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20 S. Park Clinic
(608) 720-5200 | (888) 703-2778 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Plastic Surgery

 Hand Surgery, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY, 1981-1982

Residency Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
Internship General Hospital, Madras, India
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
Medical School Madras Medical College, Chennai, India

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

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
Rose KR Christie BM Block LM Rao VK Michelotti BF Opioid Prescribing and Consumption Patterns following Outpatient Plastic Surgery Procedures. Plast Reconstr Surg . 2019 Mar;143(3):929-938
[PubMed ID: 30817667]
Rose KR Block LM Christie BM Rao VK Michelotti BF Erratum: Opioid Prescribing and Consumption Trends in Outpatient Plastic Surgery: Erratum. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open . 2018 Sep;6(9):e1902
[PubMed ID: 30350828]
Firouzbakht PK Israel JS Chen JT Rao VK Medicare for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Plast Reconstr Surg . 2018 Aug;142(2):568-576
[PubMed ID: 30045191]
Firouzbakht PK Israel JS Christie BM Rao VK Rare Hypothenar Myxoma Causing Ulnar Neuropathy: Histopathology and Treatment Pearls. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open . 2018 Jul;6(7):e1806
[PubMed ID: 30175009]
Israel JS McCarthy JE Rose KR Rao VK Watch Out for Wild Animals: A Systematic Review of Upper Extremity Injuries Caused by Uncommon Species. Plast Reconstr Surg . 2017 Nov;140(5):1008-1022
[PubMed ID: 29068939]
Chen JT Nayar HS Rao VK 10 Years Later: Lessons Learned from an Academic Multidisciplinary Cosmetic Center. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open . 2017 Sep;5(9):e1459
[PubMed ID: 29062640]
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]