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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    • Located on the far west side of Madison in Middleton, Wisconsin, Transformations Surgery Center, Inc., has been certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Our certification underscores our long-standing commitment to provide the highest possible quality care to the community we serve. We are pleased and proud to have our efforts recognized with this certification.

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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

  • Arm Lift
  • Breast Implant Removal
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • 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
  • Gender Services - Top Surgery/Gender Mastectomy
  • 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
  • Tendon Repair
  • Thigh Lift
  • Top Surgery
  • TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction
  • Transgender Breast Surgery
  • 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.