Venkat K. Rao
MD, MBA

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

About

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.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation
  • Department of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Practice locations

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  • University Hospital - Plastic Surgery
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-7502
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  • Cosmetic Surgery
    • 2349 Deming Way, Suite 100 / Middleton, WI
    • (608) 836-9990
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  • UW Carbone Cancer Center - Breast Cancer Clinic
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 266-6400
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  • University Hospital - Breast Center
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 266-6400
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  • 20 S. Park Clinic - Plastic Surgery
    • 20 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 720-5200
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  • University Hospital - Hand Surgery
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-7502
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Education & credentials

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

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

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

Specialties

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

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.