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Awards and Publications
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
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Rao is fantastic. Very professional, kind, courteous and knowledgeable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thorough, confident, intelligent, and punctual. All I need!
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.
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.
Awsome, very professional and went the extra mile. Very willing to work with me and my goals.
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.
excellent service. no wait. good listener and explains well what the diagnosis is and the course of treatment. highly recommended.
Short and sweet, very informative.
Dr. Rao goes above and beyond in securing my future to making sure my knee gets better!!!!!!
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.
Just a great guy very involved and helpful
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.
Just great always make me feel like I am the only patient
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.
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.
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!
As always he was very calm and clear.
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.
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 !
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.
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
Glad we got to the near bottom of it, it only took 3 visits, but honest was the key to healing here.
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.
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!
Fantastic. Will recommend. High quality and great bedside manner. Quick to get me to PT and on the path to mending.
I highly recommend Dr. Rao for PRP or trigger point injections. The man is good with a needle
Dr. Rao was my doctor for several years in NY. I've moved away but miss his thorough manner. He is patient and thorough.
Absolutely astounding professional and qualified care!
He was very knowledgeable. He explained things very clear.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Rao was very attentive, very efficient, and very thorough. I would recommend him to anyone.
does not take my insurance any more
Great visit. Friendly, professional, knowledgeable.
The usual great friendly imformative can recommend him and his staff enoigh
Highly recommend him can't say enough good things about him and his staff
The doctor refused to provide me with information on the type of exercises i should do to alleviate the pain and kept trying to get me to sign up for physical therapy. After calling back and forth with Sonia from the office and my insurance, i found out that no one is responsible as everytime i speak with one of the party they blame the other. In the end i ended up providing my credit card to Sonia who promptly hung up on me as soon as she got the information. I will not be coming back. It's sad to see that businesses like this are doing so well in New York City due solely to the large population and the amount of new traffic. I doubt they have much repeat business.
Nice and professional doctor! Thank you Dr Rao!
Good experience as always
I enjoyed my visit with Dr. Rao. I was running a little late (sorry!), but he took me immediately and was very understanding. He spent good time listening to my injury and was able to assess the situation quickly. He explained it to me well and simply, and was confident in the next steps he recommended. He worked w/ what seemed to be a medical student, and walked her through checking my knee for any indications of major injury.
Malaya pleasant awesome bedside manner and highly recommend him and his staff 100 percent a really great guy
This was my first visit but Dr, Rao made me fell very comfortable and took the time to ask questions and was very competent.
He works with you instead of only him leading he advises and suggests and listens very well.
Dr Rao was very informative and accommodating, I didn't feel rushed and felt as though he was actually listening to my concerns.
Dr. Rao is great! He listens, he's helpful, never a wait and very respectful! happy to have finally found a reliable Dr!
If you have a sport-related need for a physician, seriously consider Dr. Rao.
Kind and listened. Seems to care about what he does and takes time to explain what's going on.
Dr Naresh was very thorough. Calm and informative. I highly recommend him to anyone. He listened to all my concerns and actually cared about getting me the information and most importantly the care I needed.
Very good visit overall! My second visit with him, and i will go to him with all sports-related injuries/ailments going forward
Very kind and eager to help me understand fully what was wrong and what I should do to help it!
Extremely delicate and attentive very explanatory in details!
Best sports med doc around! Haven't been able to find the equivalent in DC- so am traveling back to NY to see him!
Dr. Rao was timely, efficient with a great bedside manner. I appreciate the fact having an appoitment an actually seeing the Dr. at that time without the usual waiting an hour past your scheduled time. I highly recommend.
Dr. Rao is excellent. Very thorough, listened to my concerns, answered all my questions, and ensured that his office helped me with next steps. Very impressed!
It was a great experience at Dr. Rao's office. I have not been to a doctor in over 5 years and it was very intimidating to take on the role of the patient. However, I was immediately comfortable and reassured by Dr. Rao's demeanor. He is very personable and listens well. It is very evident that he has the patient's best interest at heart.
I think I'm very happy that Nurse Joan referred me to Dr. Rao.
He determined that I need some light PT, and fit me in immediately. Meaning 1 minute after my appointment with him. Caroline helped me out and was very nice.
Dr. Rao is great, listens well, and offers different options of advice. I will continue seeing Dr. Rao for my sports injuries.
Dr. Rao is dedicated to helping me resolve my injuries.
What a relief. I have a one week old baby boy and was very worried about my shoulder. Saw Dr Rao and he put me on the right road to recovery. Very knowledgable, honest and professional. I would highly recommend him.
Excellent. After a visits with other doctors at other practices who were dismissive, the visit with Dr. Rao and his team was very welcomed. They were thorough, thoughtful and understanding. I will be sure to return to Dr. Rao again for any sports medicine related issues.
It was a great experience overall, and he had some experience with weightlifters (I do powerlifting). The visit was very enjoyable.
Just a caring and attentive doctor.
Great visit! Had some knee pain that I wanted to get checked out, and he was very knowledgeable, thorough, and calm in his investigation. Would definitely visit again!
Dr Rao and his staff were extremely helpful and professional. I would definitely recommend him to any of my friends or colleagues.
Dr. Rao is the nicest doctor. He is fantastic with sports injuries and if you have pain but do not want to take medication. I do trigger point injections with him and they really help me.
I've had the misfortune of being injured numerous times, thankfully Dr. Rao is very helpful and tends to my many injuries with empathy and a reasonable level of caution as well as total professionalism.
Dr. Rao is one of the few physicians in the city I have seen that takes the time to listen. He's invested in your care and extremely knowledgable. Open to holistically minded treatment modalities and a progressive thinker. Take it from someone who has seen many dr.'s in NYC, Rao is one of the best.
I think it was great
Very personable and friendly,
I thought he was very nice and helpful. He did not mind explaining things to me, as well as answer questions. He did a thorough check of my knee to try to come up with what was wrong and how to remedy it.
The best doctor I've found! Very helpful and attentive. Great for athletes.
Quick but thorough and listened well. Didn't rush to recommend expensive / drastic treatments (out-of-pocket shoe inserts, injections, etc.) and instead recommended trying physical therapy and strengthening first. Very trustworthy.
I think he's an awesome doctor and person., I can come to him with anything and he doesn't judge or make me feel uncomfortable. A great doctor indeed!
I had a really great experience here. He listened to everything I said, was incredibly patient in explaining everything and answered all of my questions.
Very knowledgeable and thorough - and;took the time to carefully explain my condition to me.
Excellent location, staff, facility and a great doctor.
It was great! He made me feel right at home. Great listener and supplied helpful service and options to improve my issues with my body.
Never seems rushed, always takes his time. Very good listener. Very thorough.
Ots was great! He was informative and kind! Which was helpful for my daughter.
Dr Rao is great - even though he is a DO he does not push the adjustments on people
I've been seeing Dr. Rao for a little over a month now and for the 1st time in years; I have an answer as to what my health issues are related to. That tells me Dr. Rao listened to my concerns and was able to assess through my feedback, blood work and PT results what was wrong. We have a plan for my health issue (i.e. meds, PT, etc.) and he is eager to hear how it's going and has been pleased with the results. I also feel the plan he came up with wasn't forced down my throat rather it felt like it was collaborative.
Awesome! I can tell he really cares.
Very patient and nice doc!
Very smart, friendly. Took time to explain my injury and the course of action. Really knowledeable. Did not rush through appointment, answered my questions.
He was professional and friendly. He seemed to know his stuff during an unrushed and thorough examination of my problem. First visit, so far so good.
The doctor was very personable and listened to what I had to say. I would recommend Dr. Rao to a family member or friend.
Doctor for exteremely professional and courteous. Office wait was no less than 5 min. Great doctor.
Nice convenient office and a very professional staff. Overall I was pleased with my visit.
He listened very carefully, was very attentive and thorough. I never felt I was being rushed through - and I felt he kept it real.
This was my first visit to see Dr. Rao and I had a great experience. He was very calming, listened to what I had to say, was open about a game plan for treatment and generally very kind. I was a little all over the place with my descriptions and each time I added something, he seemed to take those comments into consideration. He spent a lot of time with me, was patient and I never felt rushed or dismissed. I hope all future appointments are like this!
Great. Very happy.
Dr. Rao was great. He took the time to listen to my problems, did a full examination, and also did an ultrasound to double check things. He also explained everything he was telling me in a way that I could understand. Overall, very thorough, helpful, and trustworthy.
It was awesome!
Dr. Rao was very thorough and explanined things in a way that made sense. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Rao is great, but the office staff ais a little rude and slightly disorganized. The physical therapist that I saw in the office was also not the greatest.
Very great I have seen a lot of Dr.s and he has been the best so far.
Great experience! Walked in and was helped right away to check in, two minutes later I was seeing Doctor Rao. The Doctor explained everything we were going to do, answered all my questions and didn't rush me. I had a recent fall while running and he mapped out a plan to make sure i wouldn't miss my race in 7 weeks.
Dr. Rao is the BEST!
Very caring and excellent doctor. Looks at big picture
He is awesome.
I only went in for a routine physical, but Dr. Rao was extremely kind and pleasant. Definitely a huge upgrade from the experience I was having at my previous doctor which is why I made the switch. Looking forward to having Dr. Rao be my doctor for many years to come.
He was great and gave great recommendations. Really enjoyed the visit!
He was very personable. Highly recommend.
I have no complaints with Dr. Naresh Rao, except that his office lost my MRI results, and then denied ever having had them.
Very professional and knowledgable!
Dr. Rao was extremely empathetic and patient with me as I explained my back problem. He carefully explained his diagnosis and put together a comprehensive and achievable plan for restoring me back to good condition. I can't say enough great things about him.
He was very nice and tried to do what he could for me with the limited suplies in the office. He was gentle and cautious - which I appreciate. Had to re-use my ratty old ACE bandage.