Dr. Naresh Rao, DO

Sports Medicine Specialist

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22 West 21st Street, Suite 400, New York, NY, 10010

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Naresh C. Rao, DO, FAOASM is board certified in Family Medicine and
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and holds a Certificate of Added
Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He has published a book on sports
performance for the everyday athlete called STEP UP YOUR GAME:The
Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and
Achieve Total Health. (Sports Publishing, February 2016).

He had been practicing Sports and Wellness Medicine for 10 years in
San Diego, California before relocating back to his roots in New York
in 2011. He had been on faculty as an instructor at the University of
California San Diego, San Diego State University and Western
University of Health Sciences. He is currently serving as Clinical
Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology College of
Osteopathic Medicine as well as clinical faculty at NYU School of
Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Family Medicine Residency, and
Northwell Plainview Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Rao currently serves as head team physician for Men's USA Water
Polo. He serves on the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee for the
World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman, International). He most
recently served as a sports physician for Team USA at the 2015 Pan
American Games. He has been selected to the Sports Medicine team for
the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr. Naresh Rao has been a contributing author for several medical
books and articles for scientific journals. He lectures frequently on
sports medicine and wellness related topics.

Dr. Rao is a competitive tennis player, had completed the San Diego
Rock and Roll Marathon in 2006, and played water polo at Colgate
University. His love for sports thoroughly pervades his professional
and pers

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Dr. Rao is fantastic. Very professional, kind, courteous and knowledgeable.

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He is excellent - very knowledgeable, thorough, has great bedside manners and was able to diagnose my rather complicated problem very quickly and to my utter surprise, he was able to fix one of the problems instantaneously. His front desk staff were very helpful. I also worked with his physiotherapist, Tom, who was both knowledgeable and very good. I would highly recommend him and his office.

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Always a wonderful bedside manner??. He is a great influence on his students & caring physician to his patients. I highly recommend his services. He is also excellent at diagnostics. He caught something my last two or three specialists missed.

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Fantastic first visit. Will definitely continue to see Dr. Rao for all sports medicine needs, and might see if he can be my primary care as well.

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Dr. Rao is a truly professional and passionate doctor. He really cares for your well being. He takes his time to hear you, listen to you, answer your questions with clear explanations. Dr. Rao is the type of Doctor you definitely want to have on your side.

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Thorough, confident, intelligent, and punctual. All I need!

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My visit with Dr Rao was great! He is really nice, had a wonderful manner about him, took the time to explain what he thought was going on with me (I did not feel rushed at all) and what the game plan should be. I am very happy with my visit.

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I can be pretty nervous going to see a doctor. However, Dr. Rao's gentle manner and professional approach sets me off at easy every time I see him. Thank you.

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Awsome, very professional and went the extra mile. Very willing to work with me and my goals.

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I saw Dr. Rao for my anxiety today. He was very Understanding and VERY helpful. His office is run like a well oiled machine. I've never waited more than 10 min. To see a DOCTOR, that is almost UNHEARD OF. Really like this place.

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excellent service. no wait. good listener and explains well what the diagnosis is and the course of treatment. highly recommended.

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Short and sweet, very informative.

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Dr. Rao goes above and beyond in securing my future to making sure my knee gets better!!!!!!

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I was new to the city and needed to get set up with a PCP and also needed a physical for work. My husband sees another Dr. in the practice and he had a great experience so I decided to stick with the practice and am glad I did. Great experience overall. Dr. Rao was thorough, professional, friendly and made me feel comfortable. He spent a good amount of time with me and answered all my questions. He was proactive in referring me out to get set up with specialists in the areas that I needed so I could have a new network of care in NYC. Both Dr. Rao and his office staff were very helpful in filling out the paperwork I needed for the work physical which was a definite bonus. Plus, it was Halloween and many of the staff including the Drs. were wearing costumes which I loved and it brought a fun energy to the office which isn't easy as a medical practice.

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Just a great guy very involved and helpful

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Great! Efficient!

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Fantastic Dr. with a great bedside manner. I have had various apts regarding abdominal pain and Dr. Rao was the most effective with a plan of solutions. Truly appreciated his explanations and willingness to breakdown the physiology with diagrams. Very open to all questions, detailed concerned responses.

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Just great always make me feel like I am the only patient

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He's been really great to work with and is obviously a great doctor. He will call you back quickly after leaving a message for him, which is great.

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Dr Rao was very helpful although the office was a little dated. He was very friendly and I love that he is an Osteo. Dr Rao is very profesional but my visit was just a general consultation so I have less to review him on. I had a prescription transferred from another doctor bt when the office sent it to the pharmacy, it was left under the wrong patient's name, close to my name but with a different address. I found the attention to detail from the staff a bit concerning. Overall my visit was good but the sollow-up service was not ideal.

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Really professional and went through all my questions with patience. Suggested some exercises and his PT followed up on email later about them. I'm definitely going back!

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As always he was very calm and clear.

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I am new to NYC and was looking for a Doc to trust and maintain. Dr Rao exceeded expectations, was very punctual, professional, yet approachable and kind. Good dude.

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Very nice, courteous, and he called me right away to let me know the results of the X Rays to tell me everything was ok !

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From the moment I met him, I knew I was in great hands. Just the fact that Dr. Rao came personally to the waiting room to bring me back to the exam room was extremely impressive. He took the time to really understand my ailments, was gentle and I felt he really listened to what I had to say. The staff is also incredibly helpful. Very impressed and happy to be healing.

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I thought he was terrific. Seemed very caring and genuine. I haven't had a physical in AGES yet i've gone to my other primary care physican MANY times for aches, pains and ailments. Never has she even ASKED me "WHEN WAS YOUR LAST PHYSICAL".. Dr. Rao DID and he made sure I scheduled it while I was there. Very satisfied Sandy

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Glad we got to the near bottom of it, it only took 3 visits, but honest was the key to healing here.

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Dr. Rao was so so so so nice and explained everything in great detail. He took the time to answer my questions and helped me set up a physiotherapy appointment right away.

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Great visit.

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Dr. Rao is treating me for a shoulder injury. He does a great job explaining everything thoroughly so I fully understand my injury and treatment options. He is personable and has great bedside manner. Everyone who works at Sports Medicine is friendly and helpful. Great office overall!

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Fantastic. Will recommend. High quality and great bedside manner. Quick to get me to PT and on the path to mending.

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I highly recommend Dr. Rao for PRP or trigger point injections. The man is good with a needle

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Dr. Rao was my doctor for several years in NY. I've moved away but miss his thorough manner. He is patient and thorough.

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Absolutely astounding professional and qualified care!

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He was very knowledgeable. He explained things very clear.

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Dr. Rao is very friendly and approachable. Easy to talk with him about everything. The practice is very efficient and well run. No complaints about anything.

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It is the second time I visit Dr. Naresh Rao and it was a great experience. He was very nice, explained to me the anatomy of a shoulder and taught me some assessments to identify shoulder injuries. I highly recommend him! I am an amateur powerlifter, and he had experience working with weightlifters in the past, his experience definitely helped my visit.

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He is a great doctor! My wife and I saw him at the same time and we were both very impressed. He's excellent at his job he's professional, attentive, and highly knowledgeable.

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Dr. Rao was very attentive, very efficient, and very thorough. I would recommend him to anyone.

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does not take my insurance any more