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Krishnasree Rao, MDKrishnasree Rao, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology
View Dr. Rao's publications on PubMed.

Dr. Rao is a cardiologist at the Pauley Heart Center with expertise in heart failure and heart transplant. She has been an associate professor at VCU School of Medicine since August 2015.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Rao earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 and her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2007. She completed her internship and residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2008 and 2010, respectively, remaining at UTSMC to complete a research cardiology fellowship in 2011, a general cardiology fellowship in 2014 and an advanced heart failure fellowship in 2015 before accepting a position at VCU.

Dr. Rao has been a member of the American Heart Association since 2010, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation since 2012 and the Heart Failure Society of America since 2016. Her research interests include heart failure management, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support devices. Her work has been published in the American Heart Journal, and she has made poster presentations for both the American Heart Association and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Dr. Rao has volunteered with both the Healthcare Outreach Program – Streetside Clinic and the Recovered Medical Equipment (REMEDY) organizations in Philadelphia.


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