Rajni Rao, MD


Dr. Rajni K. Rao is a cardiologist with special interests in non-invasive cardiology, in particular, echocardiography, heart failure and valvular heart disease. Her clinical interests include the use of transthoracic, stress, transesophageal and three-dimensional echocardiography and the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pericardial disease. Rao participates in the UCSF core echocardiography laboratory for interpretation of echocardiograms, evaluating new cardiac therapies for the treatment of heart failure and valvular heart disease.

Rao is an active participant in medical education, serving as course co-director for the cardiovascular curriculum for first-year medical students. She is also the faculty liaison for cardiovascular clerkships in the UCSF School of Medicine. Rao received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from UCSF. She completed her internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and returned to UCSF for her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. She served as chief cardiology fellow and completed advanced training in echocardiography at UCSF. She has received numerous awards including two recognizing her as a distinguished educator.


Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay
535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2873
Fax: (415) 353-2528

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Echocardiography Lab at Parnassus
505 Parnassus Ave., Suite M344
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1262
Fax: (415) 353-1784

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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UCSF School of Medicine 2000


UCSF Medical Center 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Brooks GC, Lee BK, Rao R, Lin F, Morin DP, Zweibel SL, Buxton AE, Pletcher MJ, Vittinghoff E, Olgin JE. Predicting Persistent Left Ventricular Dysfunction Following Myocardial Infarction: The PREDICTS Study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Mar 15; 67(10):1186-1196.
  2. Kesarwani M, Ports TA, Rao RK, Mahadevan VS. First-in-Human Transcatheter Pulmonic Valve Implantation Through a Tricuspid Valve Bioprosthesis to Treat Native Pulmonary Valve Regurgitation Caused by Carcinoid Syndrome. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 Aug 24; 8(10):e161-3.
  3. Johnson CJ, Roberts JD, James JH, Hoffmayer KS, Badhwar N, Ku IA, Zhao S, Naeger DM, Rao RK, O'Connell JW, De Marco T, Botvinick EH, Scheinman MM. Comparison of radionuclide angiographic synchrony analysis to echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging for the diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Heart Rhythm. 2015 Jun; 12(6):1268-75.

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