San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
MC 5004
San Diego, CA 92123




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 Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatrics




Dr. Rohit Rao, a board-certified pediatric cardiologist and intensivist, is the medical director of the Cardiothoracic ICU, the Pulmonary Hypertension Program and Project ADAM at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. Besides being the ICU medical director, he is also a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Rao specializes in pediatric cardiac critical care and treats patients in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. In addition to helping ICU patients, Hhe also specializes in pulmonary hypertension and cares for children with this condition in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. As the ICU medical director, his research interests include application and innovation of microcirculatory non-invasive monitoring for children with critical illness.

After earning his medical degree at Grant Medical College, Bombay, India, Dr. Rao completed his pediatric residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. Subsequently, he completed dual-fellowship training in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Rao earned his M.B.A. from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in 2015. Prior to coming to Rady Children's in 2017, he was on the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin from July 2008 to June 2011, then joined the Heart Center at Phoenix Children's Hospital.


Patent Ductus Arteriosus Stenting for All Ductal-Dependent Cyanotic Infants: Waning Use of Blalock-Taussig Shunts.
Ratnayaka K, Nageotte SJ, Moore JW, Guyon PW, Bhandari K, Weber RL, Lee JW, You H, Griffin DA, Rao RP, Nigro JJ, El-Said HG

An Elusive Prize: Transcutaneous Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) Monitoring of the Liver.
Guyon PW Jr, Karamlou T, Ratnayaka K, El-Said HG, Moore JW, Rao RP

Effect of Fontan fenestration on regional venous oxygen saturation during exercise: further insights into Fontan fenestration closure.
Loomba RS, Danduran ME, Dixon JE, Rao RP

Near-infrared spectroscopic monitoring during cardiopulmonary exercise testing detects anaerobic threshold.
Rao RP, Danduran MJ, Loomba RS, Dixon JE, Hoffman GM

Near infrared spectroscopy describes physiologic payback associated with excess postexercise oxygen consumption in healthy controls and children with complex congenital heart disease.
Danduran MJ, Dixon JE, Rao RP

Near infrared spectroscopy: guided tilt table testing for syncope.
Rao RP, Danduran MJ, Dixon JE, Frommelt PC, Berger S, Zangwill SD

Cerebral hemodynamics in the presence of decreased systemic venous compliance in patients with Fontan physiology may limit anaerobic exercise capacity.
Rao RP, Danduran MJ, Hoffman GM, Ghanayem NS, Berger S, Frommelt PC

Measurement of regional tissue bed venous weighted oximetric trends during exercise by near infrared spectroscopy.
Rao RP, Danduran MJ, Frommelt PC, Ghanayem NS, Berger S, Simpson PM, Yan K, Hoffman GM

PHACES association: a vasculocutaneous syndrome.
Rao RP, Drolet BA, Holland KE, Frommelt PC

Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma species brain abscess in a neonate.
Rao RP, Ghanayem NS, Kaufman BA, Kehl KS, Gregg DC, Chusid MJ

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