Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Venkat K. Rao, MD, MBA

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery (Transformations)
  • Hand Surgery and Microsurgery
Venkat K. Rao, MD, MBA


Dr. Venkat Rao is a professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the UW Health Breast Center.

He completed his MBA at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, a Master of Surgery at University of Madras, India where he also earned his medical degree. Dr. Rao also completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY and a research fellowship in Microsurgery at S. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Rao specializes in breast surgery including breast reconstruction. His research interests research interests include breast reconstruction and outcomes in cosmetic surgery.

Languages spoken
  • English

Practice locations

    Education & credentials

    Board certifications
    • Plastic Surgery
    Medical School
    • Madras Medical College, Chennai, India

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

    • Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
    • General Hospital, Madras, India
    • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY


    Additional conditions and treatments
    • Arm Lift
    • Breast Implant Removal
    • Breast Lift
    • Breast Reconstruction with Implants
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast Surgery
    • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
    • Cyst Mass Excision of the Hand
    • DeQuervains Release
    • Dequervains Syndrome
    • Earlobe Repair
    • Ganglian Cyst
    • Gynecomastia
    • Hand Surgery
    • Latissimus Dorsi Flap Breast Reconstruction
    • Limb Salvage
    • Limb Salvage Surgery
    • Microsurgery for Plastic and Reconstructive Procedures
    • Nerve Injuries
    • Nerve Repair
    • Nipple Areola Reconstruction
    • TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction
    • Tendon Repair
    • Thigh Lift
    • Trauma Injury Reconstruction

    Research and publications

    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.