Dr. Rajni K. Rao is a cardiologist with a special interest in noninvasive cardiology, particularly for heart failure and valvular heart disease. Her clinical interests include using transthoracic, stress, transesophageal and three-dimensional echocardiography to diagnose and manage valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pericardial disease.

Rao participates in the UCSF core echocardiography laboratory for interpretation of echocardiograms, evaluating new therapies for treating heart failure and valvular heart disease.

Rao is an active participant in medical education, serving as course co-director on the cardiovascular curriculum for first-year medical students. She is also the faculty liaison for cardiovascular clerkships in the UCSF School of Medicine.

Rao earned her medical degree from UCSF. She completed her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and returned to UCSF for a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology. She served as chief cardiology fellow and completed advanced training in echocardiography at UCSF.

Rao has received numerous awards, including two that recognized her as a distinguished educator.

  • Education

    UCSF School of Medicine, 2000

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, 2003

  • Board Certifications

    Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


Clinics I work with

Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay

535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158

Center for Neuroendocrine Tumors

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

Echocardiography Lab at Parnassus

505 Parnassus Ave., Suite M-372
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
34 Reviews
Dr. Rao is a caring doctor and an excellent specialist. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to find an experienced cardiologist within the UCSF system
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
34 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
34 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
33 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
34 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
34 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
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