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Dr. Tara Rao, MD

Dermatologist

Professional statement

Tara Rao MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group. Dr. Rao’s interests are in general dermatology and dermatologic surgery with specializations in laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Rao graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and received her medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine. She spent a year conducting research at the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.), one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, where she studied rare inherited skin disorders, including those with a propensity for UV-induced skin cancer. She completed a rigorous dermatology residency at the prestigious UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she received the department award for Humanism and Professionalism. Following her residency, Dr. Rao was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern. Since then, she has moved to Manhattan where she has been in private practice and currently serves as volunteer faculty at the Mount Sinai Hospital, where she teaches dermatology residents. Dr. Rao actively cultivates her diagnostic and procedural skills so as to take excellent medical and surgical care of her patients. She has a special interest in dermoscopy to identify concerning moles at an early stage. She seeks to educate patients and formulate solutions to help them achieve their best skin health and overall well-being. Dr. Rao combines her knowledge and expertise with a gentle touch and conservative approach. She is well-versed in chemical peels, Botox and fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm. She is focused on the safe use of lasers for all skin types and colors to treat sun damage, aging, skin tightening, discoloration, scarring, vascular and pigmented lesions, and hair removal. Dr. Rao is experienced in Ultherapy for nonsurgical face-lifting as well as sclerotherapy for the treatment of small leg veins. Dr. Rao works with her patients to develop thoughtful and gentle treatment plans based on their natural interest in various therapies. Dr. Rao is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Outside of work, she enjoys practicing vinyasa yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • American Republic Insurance Company

Specialties

  • Dermatologist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Education and training

  • Medical School - New York University, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Texas, Southwestern, Residency in Dermatology

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1356599047

Office locations

Schweiger Dermatology Group

Flatiron

21 W 19th St

New York, NY 10011

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Dr. Rao is wonderful! I am not someone who likes going to doctors generally, but she made me feel so comfortable and eased my mind about everything. She took the time to explain what was going on and what was goingto happen in upcoming appointments. She is so personable and so friendly. I'd recommend her to anyone.
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Dr Rao was lovely! Very thorough and the office was clean and nice
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Office is good for cosmetics, not actual medical issues.
Less than 1 month ago
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She was so nice, professional, and helpful. I’m so grateful she could see me last minute! I’m definitely going back.
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I was really impressed today. Now, I expected her to know what type of acne I have and what to prescribe. She nailed that part without a hitch. What really impressed me was how professional yet personable she is. It’s quiteuncomfortable to speak with someone about your flaws and be vulnerable, even if you are speaking with a doctor. But with Dr. Rao, I really felt comfortable and familiar but she was still professional. I highly recommend her. By the way I did not feel rushed at all!
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Dr. Tara Rao was extremely nice, informative, and took the time to explain everything in detail. Really thorough, professional and caring towards her patients.
Less than 1 month ago
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It was my first time there and everyone was so nice and helpful
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The doctor was very good and office was nice. The wait time was over 30 minutes with no apologies or explanations, though. The front desk staff could definitely be more attentive.
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She is informative, straight forward, and has a great sense of humor.
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Dr. Rao is EXCELLENT! Addressed all my concerns, was very thorough, recommended products to address my needs.
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very rushed
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Tara was very professional, kind, and thorough. She took the time to answer all of my questions. I didn't feel rushed.
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She was GREAT. very friendly and thorough. Looking forward to my next visit
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The clerk was warm and friendly to me my visit was too fast but it was fine ???????
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She's amazing.
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Highly recommend
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Dr. Rao is a consummate professional with excellent bedside manner. We were able to discuss all of my concerns and treatment options — she was responsive, attentive, and competent.
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Dr. Rao was really helpful and walked through my concerns. I would recommend her highly for anyone looking for a dermatologist!
Less than 3 months ago
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Very personable. She asked a lot of questions and seemed very interested in finding out what was happening with my skin. I look forward to my follow-up.
Less than 3 months ago
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Scheduled my first ever dermatology appt thru zoc doc. Showed up and was seen within 10 minutes. Front desk and PA were both professional and kind. I saw Dr. Tara rao and she quickly put me at ease about my concerns. Would go back if I have the need!
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Tara was excellent - kind, professional and humorous. I enjoyed my visit, and she took time to answer all of my questions patiently. She also took time to point out and explain certain characteristics of my skin in case I hadany concerns or in case I spotted them on my own and worried. Hope to see her again for my next visit, but I've loved everyone I've seen at this practice.
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Dr. Rao was great. She made me feel super comfortable and answered all of my questions clearly.
Less than 3 months ago
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Best dermatologist experience yet. Dr. Tara Rao thoroughly understood how acne affects women with PCOS like myself and was confident with a clear treatment plan for me. She took the time to explain the hormonal nuances that were causing my acneand was super patient and friendly. I’ve already referred her to a couple colleagues and will be visiting her again for a follow-up next month!
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Super nice. Started with a joke. Made me comfortable right away. Thorough and explained everything to me. Would recommend.
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Really personable and great bed side manner
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Dr. Tara is very personable and observant. I went in to get a little bump checked out on my face and she noticed another skin issue that I didn’t know about! Can’t wait to go back to see my progress!
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Tara was quick to make me feel comfortable, professional, thorough and took my priorities into consideration.
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Amazing visit she was very informative, and the place was very clean. She will be my new dermatologist for sure!
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Love Dr Rao! She's funny, kind and really cares about your skin progress. She's straight forward but also has great bedside manner and gives great regime suggestions to help get your skin clear
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Rao was excellent. She was thorough during the skin check, friendly and open to answering all sorts of questions. Highly recommend.
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Dr.Rao is great! She is super nice, listened to all of my concerns and took a good medical history so that we would be making the best decisions for my care. She explained everything clearly and was a huge help. I would definitely recommend her!
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Dr. Rao was so kind and took the time to fully explain everything to me in a way I could understand. I will only be going back to her!
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She was spectacular and so friendly! she even offered to do a full skin scan on me which I took advantage of. This is my new dermatologist!!
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She was so sweet and personable. I didn’t feel judged and felt any question I had would be answered. I will definitely see her again.
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Dr. Rao is super thorough, warm, compassionate and takes the time to answer all questions ! Highly recommend her and her team
Less than 6 months ago
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She was wonderful!!! Amazing bedside manner and did not feel rushed.
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Dr Rao is the best! I've followed her from her last office - she is thorough with skin checks and takes the time to discuss treatments and options.
Less than 6 months ago
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Compared to other Dermatologists who I have seen in the past, Dr. Rao is a dream! She was very friendly, informative and didn't push certain products are services that other Dermatology groups have tried to push on me in the past. I highly recommend!
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Excellent experience with Dr Rao. She is patient, cheerful & took the time to answer all my questions. I already booked my next appointment!
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She was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and knew what my issues were right away and how to fix them. Really great.
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Very prompt and polite care
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Rao was extremely friendly and knowledgable. The doctor's office was extremely nice and clean too. Highly recommend!
Less than 6 months ago
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The office is clean and staff is super friendly, Dr. Rao was very patient and thorough. She answered all of my questions and I didnt feel rushed at all.
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She was really knowledgeable and friendly! I will be seeing her again soon.
Less than 6 months ago
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Very clean, professional, and prompt experience. Everyone is kind and it was a very nice experience. Have been twice and would highly recommend.
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This was my second visit to Dr. Rao. She listens, is warm, attentive and caring. She has an awesome and helpful bedside manner! I will definitely see her again as needed!
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Everything from the front desk staff, to the chargers and water bottles in the waiting room, to Dr. Rao herself were amazing. I've never had such a positive experience going to a medical professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Rao to anyone!
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First class environment and treatment. Takes all insurance. Best derm I’ve ever been to. She is very compassionate you can see it in your eyes.
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I really love seeing Dr. Rao! I've had three appointments with her and always walk away feeling better about myself. Not only did she know right away what to prescribe to improve my skin (which has drastically improved!), she's helped memanage my dermatillomania. She really cares about her patients. She saw that the skin under my eyes was puffy and asked if I'd been crying and was super understanding and sweet when I started crying in her office because of stress. I recommend Dr. Rao to every one I meet who's looking for a dermatologist in New York :)
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Wait could have been shorter, considering other patients had close to no wait time, but other than that a pleasant experience!
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