Anita G. Rao, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
This provider requires a referral
Where I practice
Although I was born and raised in the Midwest, I now consider myself a happy transplant to the Pacific Northwest having lived in the Portland/Vancouver area since 2002. I completed my medical training in St. Louis (Go Cardinals!) and Chicago and did additional specialized fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. I have enjoyed sports my whole life as an active participant (tennis and soccer primarily), but now more so as a weekend warrior and cheering sideline fan. The Pacific Northwest has been a great place to live. Nothing beats the beauty of the greenery and mountains, temperate climate, outdoor activities, and great people with similar values to my Midwestern roots.
About my practice
My practice includes sports medicine and arthroscopic procedures, such as ACL knee reconstruction, cartilage/meniscus surgery, and shoulder repairs and reconstructions. I also treat patients with more complex shoulder issues and "wear and tear" requiring shoulder replacement. I favor a team approach and I am fortunate to be well supported in both my clinic and operating room, in addition to our physical therapy department. My goal is to have an open dialogue with every patient that encourages questions and offers explanations. I understand how debilitating injuries can be and work with each patient to individualize a treatment plan, whether that involves surgery or other non-surgical options, to ensure the best functional outcome possible.
How I thrive
Maintaining a healthy balance between work and home is really important to staying well rounded. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. This time helps ground me and reminds me of what is truly meaningful in life. I try to stay active and always feel rejuvenated after a good work-out at the gym or a hike in the gorge. I am a Cardinals baseball fan and can't get enough of tennis, whether it is on the court or watching on television. Downtime I spend with a good book or creating video projects. Giving back to the community is also important and I have served as team physician for various area clubs and school teams.