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Dr. Kavita Rao, MD

Primary Care Doctor

Professional statement

Please expect a phone call from practice prior to appointment. Dr. Rao graduated from Michigan State University’s Internal Medicine residency program in 2001. After graduation, she joined Oakwood Healthcare System’s Complementray & Alternative Medical Center as an Assistant Director providing integration of internal medicine and traditional Alternative Medical therapies. In 2007 Dr. Rao began her practice in Pinellas County and is dedicated to providing “Excellence and Compassionate Care” as a primary care/internal medicine doctor in her office, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. She has staff privileges in most hospitals and care giving facilities in Largo, Clearwater, Dunedin, and St. Petersburg. She welcomes both new and current patients to her new office, where most insurances are accepted, as well as providing fee services.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • AmeriGroup
  • American Republic Insurance Company

Specialties

  • Primary Care Doctor

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Mease Countryside Hospital
  • Largo Medical Center
  • Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute
  • Morton Plant Hospital
  • Mease Dunedin Hospital
  • Saint Petersburg General Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Education and training

  • Hurley Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya Fakultas Kedokteran

Awards and publications

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition
  • Patient Choice Award

Zocdoc awards

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Scheduling hero

Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1083684153

Office locations

Gulf Coast Internist

4957 38th Ave North, Suite C

St Petersburg, FL 33710

Gulf Coast Internist

2101 Indian Rocks Road South, Accumed Plaza

Largo, FL 33774

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All reviews have been submitted by patients after seeing the provider. For more information, check out our Patient Knowledge Base.
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Very good. Nice Dr and helpful staff
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Long wait until I was seen (40 minutes past my appointment), but the nurse was very thorough in compiling my medical history before the doctor saw me, and Dr. Rao cut right to the chase and got me what I needed.I will continue to use Dr. Rao as my PCP for the foreseeable future.
Less than 1 month ago
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Substantial and professional interaction. Nothing negative about this office
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Good office staff and nurses. They even have an app (Healow).
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Both the doctor and the staff were quick yet thorough and pleasant throughout my appointment. Such a great experience!
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This was my first visit and it was awesome. Dr. Rao is a very caring person with great advice. The receptionist was awesome to. She was interacting with the patients as they came in and she knew everybody name as they came in. I would recommend her.
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Dr. rao and all the staff are so friendly, I was sick and they are able to get me in late on a Friday afternoon!
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I was there 2 hrs 30 min
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One of the best doctors you could ever ask for.
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Doctor Kavita is a well-educated doctor, and it's worth the long wait! Good doctors aren't easy to come by.
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Very satisfied.
Less than 6 months ago
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The appointment was excellent. Great doctor. Caring, compassionate, understanding, takes time to listen and address any concerns.. She makes you feel like you known her for years like makes appointment much easier.. Would highly recommend her.
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Awesome caring doctor.
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She is incredible. Highly recommend.
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Dr. Rao is absolutely fantastic.
Less than 1 year ago
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Entire staff incredibly friendly. Gave me as much time as I needed to explain and discuss my health issues.
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Nice and easy but the feedback I have is for ZocDoc: allow doctors to customize or add their own forms to the website. I initially thought that for the first time ever I was going to check in without having to fill any paper forms. What a sad surprise.
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I really enjoyed the Doctors personality. However, I did wait more than an hour for my scheduled appointment. I work in the medical field and I know things happen that can increase wait times, but a wait time of close to2 hours is a little much. I also was not aware that I could have my blood work performed there and was just given a script to take to a quest diagnostics.
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Extremely helpful, caring, understanding doctor. I was comfortable speaking with her about my problems.
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She was very informative, I was grateful for the time and explaining everything so that I completely understood.
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Dr. Kavita was such a pleasure. She was kind, compassionate, reassuring, thorough and made sure she answered all of my questions. Everything a doctor should be. Wait was bit longer than my star review reflects, but it is a small office and worth the wait.
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Waiting room times are long, but so is the attention Dr. Rao gives you in the appointment. I feel like she really listened to me and got a good understanding of my lifestyle and issues. Highly recommended.
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I was pleased with my doctor visit with Dr. Kavita Rao. She is a very nice doctor. I am happy with her service,
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her office is great, made me feel right at home. and treated me right away for symptoms. iwould highly recommend her office.
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Very comforting and professional!
Less than 1 year ago
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She was excellent
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I moved down from Michigan and was looking for a doctor to establish with. I was very lucky on my first try! Dr. Roa very personable and knowledgeable. I am going to have my daughter start seeing her as well. Highly recommend!
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She didn't even take the time to listen to me. She just made up some thing that was wrong with me and medicated me for that which made things worse. DO NOT SEE HER.
More than 1 year ago
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Doctor Rao is a true professional, intelligent , caring , patient, and also takes time to listen and ask the right questions to help you. The staff is awesome they really do make you feel comfortable and provide a professional yet welcoming office setting.
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Dr. Rao Is awesome, very knowledgeable, took her time to explain all of my questions. Great Bedside manner! Would highly recommend
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Fantastic doctor and office staff, all very friendly and welcoming. Yes the wait is longer, but between the reviews here and the notices regarding wait time that are posted in the lobby, you have had fair warning that it may takea while before you even sit down. Well worth it anyway.
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Dr. Rao certainly spends time with you. She explains everything. The reviews that I read had me feeling undecided. I did not experience anything I read.
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I am so glad I found her. She has a way of making you feel very comfortable and it is very evident that she really cares about her patients. I love that she takes her time with you. She is thefirst doctor to really dig into my life to try to help me with sincerity. I feel I am in good hands and would highly recommend her.
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She was thoughtful, considerate, and put me at ease right away
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What a blessing to find such a talented, educated, patient, and Seriously caring doctor and staff. I felt ..I felt like it used to be when you went to the Doctors office....like part of the family not just money in the pockets patient.. Huge blessing to find such a GEM.
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I am delighted with Dr. Rao's compassion and competence, as well as that of her staff. I appreciate Dr. Rao's holistic approach to health care. I think art of the extended wait time to see her was due at least inpart to the fact that I am a new Medicare patient.
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The wait is longer than I'm used to BUT I believe she gives you all the time you need; no rushing from one patient to another.
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Great! Wonderful!
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The nurse, Paula, was excellent and very kind and thorough. Dr. Rao was very pleasant and seemed knowledgeable. The exam time was short but I didn't feel rushed.
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Great l9cation great staff and great Doctor. Highly recommend.
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Although the wait was long, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the office. Staff was inviting and helpful. Dr. Rao is a sweet woman that made me feel comfortable during my visit. I plan to make her my primary physician.
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The wait was worth it!!!!! I've worked in a hospital for 21 years, and have been to doctor's all my life...in short, never have I experienced a more kind and compassionate physician. Dr. Rao gets medicine RIGHT!
More than 1 year ago
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Other than the wait (which was quite excessive), the office was efficient and effective.
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Office was nice but staff did not read my reason for scheduling appt and when I seen the doctor I was told she did not treat my condition. she had staff look up my zocdoc to confirm I did indeed specifythe reason for my visit but made no effort to get me into a doctor that could see me or even write me a script for 2 days to get me through the weekend. It is very hard for me to get off work and now I will be calling in monday due to the staffs lack of knowledge.
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Doctor Rao has treated me very well. \ Her nurses are nice, and very helpful. Dr. Rao has figured out my meds so that I am not in constant pain, Due to severe Scoliosis. She gives great referrals to specialists. Sheasks a lot of good questions, and spent a good amount of time with me. I really am happy that I found her on ZocDoc That said: The only problem is getting to the great people in the office The Receptionist is extremely frustrating to deal with.. I got left on hold forever. Twice! "please hold, click", too. Also, she doesn't quite have her English down enough to be answering phones. Just a nightmare for me to deal with. It could be just me. I am hoping that someday English Speaking person will answer the the phone. at Dr. Rao's office. Then i can reap the benefits of the wonderful back office staff. It is always a pretty long wait, about a a half hour, to get into the Exam room. Very slow reception.
More than 1 year ago
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Well worth the wait. Waiting room for 75 minutes. Wait in exam room for 25 minutes. Face time with the doctor 25 minutes. I've been to a fair about of doctors since moving to Florida last April and I've been lessthan enthused about my experiences over all - I'm on my 3rd ortho, about to be 4th. But Dr. Rao was fantastic. Super personable, took me seriously, answered all of my questions. There's nothing worse than waiting, paying for the doctor, and leaving with unanswered questions or confusing information. I've finally found a fabulous PCP!
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Dr. Rao was very personable, professional and more than able to take care of my concerns. I'm happy to have found her. Great office staff. Actual wait time until I was able to see her was longer than I'd like butthink it was because it was my first visit. Had many forms to fill out even though I had filled similar ones out on line with zocdoc prior to arriving. This dueto security issues.
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Her bedside manner was great and she listened to what I had to say. She then prescribed me a new medicine for me for my anxiety. Cost way to much which made my anxiety worse. No way to get in touchwith her for a change over the weekend. Then when I called Monday for help, I was never able to talk to someone that could assist me. I called every two hours and Never received help. Ended up finding a new provider in Tampa. When dealing with anxiety disorders there should be a better way!
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She was absolutely lovely, and ready to hear everything I have to say and all of my concerns. Cant wait to check back in with her!
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I found Dr. Rao to be warm, engaged, and thorough. Most often, doctors seem rushed and distracted, but I didn't sense even a hint of this with Dr. Rao. She was "present" in the conversation and genuinely interested in helping mefind answers for my health concerns. There was a bit of a wait, but for a doctor who is both knowledgeable and takes her time with you, I'd say the trade-off was worth it.
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