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Professional Statement

  • Dr. Naresh Rao is a highly-esteemed doctor of sports medicine with over ten years of experience. He has worked with a wide variety of professional events and teams, including his current role as official physician of the US Water Polo Team. His past roles include serving on the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Committee for the Ironman World Triathalon Competition, and volunteer physician at San Diego State University Athletics.
  • For all his high-profile experience, Dr. Rao deeply values close care for his patients, and maintaining a down-to-earth attitude. Dr. Rao has earned a number of honorable awards for his work in sports medicine, including the American Osteopathic Association’s Annual Pfizer Fit for Life Award in Physical Fitness in 2008, and the Fellow of American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Award in 2010. He is currently on the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Rao is a competitive tennis player, enjoys swimming, and had completed the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in 2006. His love for sports thoroughly pervades his professional and personal life. He donates his time often to educated children on health and wellness and has a strong belief in giving back to the community though philanthropy. He is happily married to his wife of over 10 years and has two children.

Education & Training

  • Medical School - New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Residency in Family Practice
  • San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center, Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Family Medicine

Awards and Publications

  • Fellow of American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Award - 2010
  • American Osteopathic Association’s Annual Pfizer Fit for Life Award in Physical Fitness - 2008
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Most Innovative Product/Service in a Micro Business Award - 2005
  • American Osteopathic Foundation AstraZeneca Healthy Heart Award - 2004
  • Chief Resident’s Award - 1999
  • New York Academy of Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative Internship Award for community service - 1994
  • Rick Parker, DO, Steve Daquino, DO, Naresh C. Rao, DO, Steve Karageanes, DO, Football- Principles of Manual Sports Medicine. (Philadephia, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkens, 2005), pp 504-511
  • E. Lee Rice, DO, Naresh C. Rao, DO, Steven Steele, DO, Volleyball- Sports Medicine Secrets, 3rd edition (Philadelphia, Hanley and Belfus, 2003), pp 446-450
  • “A Case-Based Reflective Learning Curriculum in Family Medicine and Pediatrics: An Innovative Strategy to Increase Active Learning in a Managed Care Environment.” Grant Sponsored by the Partnership for Quality Education

Professional Memberships

  • American Osteopathic Association

Language Spoken

  • English