Dr. Rao completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ/Rutgers in Newark. He then went on to complete fellowships in Transplant Hepatology and a second fellowship in Gastroenterology also at UMDNJ/Rutgers before coming to Premier Health Associates in 2014. He also served a Chief Gastroenterology Fellow during his final year of his fellowship.

He is board certified in both gastroenterology and Hepatology and has published multiple medical papers on treating chronic hepatitis C in post transplant patients, duodenal Crohns disease and a case series of splenic injury as a complication of routine colonoscopy. He specializes in advanced therapeutic endoscopy and liver disease but treats all gastroenterology related conditions like IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis, GERD and celiac disease. Procedures he performs include colonscopies, endoscopies, stricture dilations, ERCPs and internal hemorrhoid band ligation.