Rakesh Rao, M.D.  Rao_R@kids.wustl.edu

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine
Newborn Medicine

phone: (314) 454-6148


  • MBBS, Gold medal in Biochemistry, University College of Medical Sciences1992
  • M.D., Maulana Azad Medical College 1996


  • Fellowship, University of Kentucky (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine)2000 - 2003
  • Residency , University of Kentucky2003 - 2005

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Medical Council of India1996
  • KY, 2005
  • American Board of Pediatrics2005
  • MO, 2006
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine2008
  • American Board of Pediatrics (recertification)2015


  • Ranked 143rd out of ~60,000 in M.B;B.S entrance examination (Delhi University, India)1987
  • Gold Medal in Biochemistry, 1st MBBS (India)1988
  • Stood 5th in the Final MBBS Examination conducted by Delhi University1991
  • Ranked 129th out of ~10,000 in Post-Graduate entrance examination (Delhi University, India)1993
  • Nominated for the PN Taneja Award for best dissertation during postgraduate training1995
  • Trainee Travel Award (Southern Society for Pediatric Research)2001
  • Chief Fellow, Neonatal-perinatal Medicine, University of Kentucky2002 - 2003
  • Trainee Travel Award (Southern Society of Pediatric Research)2003
  • Outstanding Resident, Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Kentucky2003 - 2004
  • Newborn Medicine Follow Up Clinic: April Faculty Recognition from Division of Newborn Medicine2011
  • Golden Collaborative Award (awarded to SLCH team by the CHND/CHA for efforts in the STEPP IN project )2015
  • Silver Sustainabilty Award (Awarded by the CHA/CHNC to the SLCH team for the STEPP IN project)2015

Recent Publications view all (22)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Bhandari R, Lindley A, Bhatla D, Babic A, Mueckl K, Rao R, Brooks P, Geiler V, Gross G, Al-Hosni M, Shenoy S. Awareness of cord blood collection and the impact on banking Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017. doi:10.1002/pbc.26412  PMID: 28111924  
  2. Rao R, Trivedi S, Vesoulis Z, Liao SM, Smyser CD, Mathur AM. Safety and Short-Term Outcomes of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Preterm Neonates 34-35 Weeks Gestational Age with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy J Pediatr. 2016. doi:doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.11.019  PMID:27979578  
  3. Morlaes DM, Shawgi AS, Morgan CD, Mercer D, Inder TE, Holtzman DM, Wallendorf MJ, Rao R, McAllister JP and Limbrick DD. Lumbar Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers of Post-Hemorrhagic Hydrocephalus of Prematurity: Amyloid Precursor Protein, Soluble APPα, and L1 Cell Adhesion Molecule Neurosurgery. 2016. doi:10.1227/NEU.0000000000001415  PMCID:PMC5326702  PMID:27571524  
  4. Massaro AN, Murthy K, Zaniletti I, Cook N, DiGeronimo R, Dizon ML, Hamrick SE, McKay VJ, Natarajan G, Rao R, Richardson T, Smith D, Mathur AM; Children's Hospital Neonatal Consortium. Intercenter Cost Variation for Perinatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy in the Era of Therapeutic Hypothermia. J Peds. 2016;173:76-83. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.02.033  PMID:26995699  
  5. Srinivasakumar P, Zempel J, Trivedi S, Wallendorf M, Rao R, Smith B, Inder T and Mathur A. Treating EEG seizures in Hypoxic Ischemic encephalopathy: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics. 2015;136(5):e1302-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3777  PMID:26482675  
  6. Yarborough CK, Bandt SK, Hurth K, Wambach JA, Rao R, Kulkarni S, White FV, Frater JL, Leonard JR. Congenital Acute leukemia with unique translocation t(11;19)(q23;p13.1) Cureus. 2015;7(7):e289. doi:10.7759/cureus.289  PMCID:4523210  
  7. Juan Remon, Sachin Amin, Sangeeta Mehendale, Rakesh Rao, Angel Luciano, Steven Garzon, and Akhil Maheshwari . Depth of Bacterial Invasion in Resected Intestinal Tissue Predicts Mortality in Surgical Necrotizing Enterocolitis J Perinatol. 2015. 
  8. Morales DM, Holubkov R, Inder TE, Ahn HC, Mercer D, Rao R, McAllister JP 2nd, Holtzman DM, Limbrick DD Jr. Cerebrospinal fluid levels of amyloid precursor protein are associated with ventricular size in post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus of prematurity. PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0115045. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115045  PMCID:PMC4349693  PMID:25738507  
  9. Massaro AN, Murthy K, Zaniletti I, Cook N, DiGeronimo R, Dizon M, Hamrick SE, McKay VJ, Natarajan G, Rao R, Smith D, Telesco R, Wadhawan R, Asselin JM, Durand DJ, Evans JR, Dykes F, Reber KM, Padula MA, Pallotto EK, Short BL, Mathur AM. Short-term outcomes after perinatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy: a report from the Children's Hospitals Neonatal Consortium HIE focus group. J Perinatol. 2014. doi:10.1038/jp.2014.190  PMID:25393081  
  10. Liao SM, Rao R, Mathur AM. Head Position Change Is Not Associated with Acute Changes in Bilateral Cerebral Oxygenation in Stable Preterm Infants during the First 3 Days of Life. Am J Perinatol. 2014. doi:10.1055/s-0034-1390348  PMID:25282608  
  11. Murthy K, Evans JR, Bhatia AM, Rothstein DH, Wadhawan R, Zaniletti I, Rao R, Thurm C, Mathur AM, Piazza AJ, Stein JE, Reber KM, Short BL, Padula MA, Durand DJ, Asselin JM, Pallotto EK, Dykes FD. The association of type of surgical closure on length of stay among infants with gastroschisis born≥34 weeks' gestation. J Pediatr Surg. 2014;49(8):1220-5. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.12.020  PMID:25092080  
  12. Srinivasakumar P, Limbrick D, Munro R, Mercer D, Rao R, Inder T, Mathur A. Posthemorrhagic ventricular dilatation-impact on early neurodevelopmental outcome. Am J Perinatol. 2013;30(3):207-14. doi:10.1055/s-0032-1323581  PMID:22898993  
  13. Rao R, Bryowsky K, Mao J, Bunton D, McPherson C, Mathur A. Gastrointestinal complications associated with ibuprofen therapy for patent ductus arteriosus. J Perinatol. 2011;31(7):465-70. doi:10.1038/jp.2010.199  PMID:21252965  
  14. Rao R, Mashburn CB, Mao J, Wadhwa N, Smith GM, Desai NS. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor in infants <32 weeks gestational age: correlation with antenatal factors and postnatal outcomes. Pediatr Res. 2009;65(5):548-52. doi:10.1203/PDR.0b013e31819d9ea5  PMCID:PMC2735819  PMID:19190539  
  15. Vachharajani AJ, Rao R, Keswani S, Mathur AM. Outcomes of exomphalos: an institutional experience. Pediatr Surg Int. 2009;25(2):139-44. doi:10.1007/s00383-008-2301-y  PMID:19066916  
  16. Rao R, Sampers JS, Kronsberg SS, Brown JV, Desai NS, Anand KJ. Neurobehavior of preterm infants at 36 weeks postconception as a function of morphine analgesia. Am J Perinatol. 2007;24(9):511-7. doi:10.1055/s-2007-986675  PMID:17907073  
  17. Rao R, Shashidhar H. Intestinal lymphangiectasia presenting as abdominal mass. Gastrointest Endosc. 2007;65(3):522-3, discussion 523. doi:10.1016/j.gie.2006.10.026  PMID:17321261  
  18. Rao R, Lowas S, Shashidhar H. Surgical complications of Salmonella Enteritis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2005;44(9):767-9. PMID:16327962  
  19. Rao R, Logan B, Forrest K, Roszman TL, Goebel J. Lipid rafts in cytokine signaling. Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 2004;15(2-3):103-10. doi:10.1016/j.cytogfr.2004.01.003  PMID:15110794  
  20. Goebel J, Forrest K, Flynn D, Rao R, Roszman TL. Lipid rafts, major histocompatibility complex molecules, and immune regulation. Hum Immunol. 2002;63(10):813-20. PMID:12368033  
  21. Rao R, Desai NS. OxyContin and neonatal abstinence syndrome. J Perinatol. 2002;22(4):324-5. doi:10.1038/sj.jp.7210744  PMID:12032797  
  22. Rao R, Ramji S. Pulse oximetry in asphyxiated newborns in the delivery room. Indian Pediatr. 2001;38(7):762-6. PMID:11463963  
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