Dr. Rao is a Consultant Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgeon specialized in Skull Base Surgeries & Hearing Implantology.

Dr. Rao did his Masters at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (Manipal University) bagging the best outgoing student in the process. He is the Fellow of European Academy of Otology & Neurotology & of European Board of Examinations. He was awarded the British Annual Congress in Otolaryngology (BACO) fellowship twice, Birla Smarak Kosh Fellowship & the GSE fellowship of Rotary International and the Ten Outstanding Indians Award from Junior Chamber International (JCI).

He completed his 2 year fellowship in Skull Base Surgeries, Hearing Implantology and Advanced Otology at the Skull Base unit of Casa Di Cura Piacenza (Italy) & was awarded Fellowship of the European Academy of Neurotology (EAONO). He continued to work in Italy for a total of 6.5 years accumulating vast experience in Skull Base Surgery.

Dr. Rao has 95 peer reviewed scientific publications (h index of 19), 10 chapters & 1 text book on Cochlear & other Auditory Implants by Thieme International. He is the recipient of the Best paper award at the Politzer Society Meeting in 2013.

Dr. Rao was honored with a visiting Professorship to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of Asia's largest Universities. He was also honored with the Dr. GS Grewal Oration at the Annual Congress of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India in 2018. He has been invited to the Skull Base Courses organised by the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) and has been an invited speaker at the National Conferences of the Italian, Indian, Turkish, Saudi, Bangladeshi and UAE societies.

He has pioneered many skull base & Implant surgeries in India. He is the Founder of World Skull Base, an international organisation. The WSB Fellowship Diplomas in Skull Base Surgery, Bangalore, are the 1st curriculum based skull base courses in India that are awarded a University Diploma.