Venkat K Rao, MD, MBA


  • Division of Plastic Surgery
(608) 263-1223

600 Highland Avenue
Box 3236, Clinical Science Center
Madison, WI 53792


  • MD, University of Madras, India
  • Master of Surgery, University of Madras, India
  • Internship and Residency in General Surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Residency in Plastic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Research Fellow, Microsurgery, St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  • Fellow, Hand Surgery, University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY
  • MBA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Rao is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He specializes in breast surgery, cosmetic surgery, hand and microsurgery. Dr. Rao provides a wide range of services at UW Hospital, Transformations and Meriter Hospital which include breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast augmentation, body contouring, liposuction, hand injuries and carpal tunnel surgery.

Research Interests

Dr. Rao’s current research interests include breast reconstruction and outcomes in cosmetic surgery.

Recent Publications

  • A 16-Year Analysis of Aesthetic Surgery Volume and Its Association With US Economic Performance.
    Bay CC, Wirth PJ, Shaffrey EC, Thornton SM, Rao VK
    Aesthet Surg J Open Forum 2024; 6: ojae019
    [PubMed ID: 38633727]

  • Picture Perfect: Standardizing and Safekeeping Clinical Photography in Plastic Surgery.
    Thornton SM, Attaluri PK, Wirth PJ, Shaffrey EC, George RE, Carbullido MK, Rao VK
    Aesthet Surg J Open Forum 2024; 6: ojae012
    [PubMed ID: 38510270]

  • The Looming Future of Private Equity in Plastic Surgery.
    Shaffrey EC, Attaluri PK, Wirth PJ, Rao VK
    Aesthet Surg J 2024 Mar 15; 44(4): 428-435
    [PubMed ID: 38150274]

  • Current Weight Loss Medications: What Plastic Surgeons Should Know.
    Wirth PJ, Shaffrey EC, Bay C, Rao VK
    Aesthet Surg J 2024 Jan 16; 44(2): NP177-NP183
    [PubMed ID: 37706359]

  • Objective Residency Applicant Assessment Using a Linear Rank Model.
    Shaffrey EC, Moura SP, Wirth PJ, Attaluri PK, Schappe A, Edalatpour A, Bentz ML, Rao VK
    J Surg Educ 2023 Jun; 80(6): 776-785
    [PubMed ID: 37012141]

All Publications on PubMed