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San Diego, CA 92123


Pulmonology/Respiratory Medicine


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Grant Medical College


University of Illinois at Chicago College of Med


Medical College of Wisconsin

Board Certifications

Pediatric Pulmonology


Dr. Aparna Rao is a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an associate clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She works in Rady Children's Hospital's Cardiology and Pulmonary divisions and is the Medical Director of the Pulmonary branch of the Aerodigestive Program.

Dr. Rao treats patients with various lung conditions. Her clinical and research interests are in caring for children who have congenital heart disease with pulmonary and airway pathologies.

After earning her medical degree at Grant Medical College, Bombay, India, she completed her pediatric residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Prior to coming to Rady Children's in 2017, she worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 2005 to 2011, then Phoenix Children's Hospital.




Asthma treatment and outcomes for children in the emergency department and hospital.
Drewek R, Mirea L, Rao A, Touresian P, Adelson PD

Anterior tracheal suspension for tracheobronchomalacia in infants and children.
Mitchell ME, Rumman N, Chun RH, Rao A, Martin T, Beste DJ, Berens RJ, Parakininkas DE, Ghanayem NS, Hubert MJ, Uhing M, Simpson P, Sato TT, Tweddell JS, Kerschner JE

Endoscopic cricopharyngeal myotomy for management of cricopharyngeal achalasia (CA) in an 18-month-old child.
Chun R, Sitton M, Tipnis NA, Arvedson JC, Rao A, Dranove J, Brown DJ

Management of plastic bronchitis in a child with mild intermittent asthma.
Pawar SS, Chun RH, Rao AR, Kerschner JE

Mycobacterium avium intracellulare infection coexistent with nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma involving the lung.
Gupta S, Cogbill CH, Gheorghe G, Rao AR, Kumar S, Havens PL, Camitta BM, Warwick AB.

Noisy breathing and hemidiaphragm paralysis progressing to respiratory failure in an infant.
Baughn J, Gershan W, Rao A

Hemoptysis in a teenager with congenital heart disease.
Rumman N, Berger S, Rao A

Identification and characterization of a novel ABCA3 mutation.
Park SK, Amos L, Rao A, Quasney MW, Matsumura Y, Inagaki N, Dahmer MK

Proteomic identification of OprL as a seromarker for initial diagnosis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection of patients with cystic fibrosis.
Rao AR, Laxova A, Farrell PM, Barbieri JT

Cystic fibrosis and renal disease: a case report.
Al-Shawwa BA, Rao AR

A teenage girl with extreme tachypnea.
Rao AR, Barthel RP, Gershan WM

Early immune response to the components of the type III system of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in children with cystic fibrosis.
Corech R, Rao A, Laxova A, Moss J, Rock MJ, Li Z, Kosorok MR, Splaingard ML, Farrell PM, Barbieri JT

Bilateral lung transplant in Gauchers type-1 disease.
Rao AR, Parakininkas D, Hintermeyer M, Segura AD, Rice TB

Detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa type III antibo�dies in children with tracheostomies.
Rao AR, Splaingard MS, Gershan WM, Havens PL, Thill A, Barbieri JT

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