About Dr rao

About Dr Rao

Dr Rao is a Newcastle Orthopaedic surgeon who specialise in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. He migrated from India at the age of 10 months and grew up on the Northern beaches of Sydney. Dr Rao attended Sydney Grammar School and then went on to study a Bachelor of medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney. He graduated from medicine in 1995.

Dr Rao trained as an Orthopaedic surgeon in Newcastle, NSW and then in 2008 completed his fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle surgery under the guidance of Dr Terry Saxby in Brisbane. In 2009 Dr Rao was awarded his Orthopaedic foot & ankle surgery fellowship by the Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Rao has conducted further surgical training by attending numerous courses in Thailand, USA, and Australia.

Dr Rao consults at 12 Mitchell Street, Merewether, located at the corner of Union and Mitchell Street, Merewether. He operates at Lingard Private Hospital.

Dr Rao offers friendly, professional service with a particular emphasis on open communication and providing the highest standard of surgical practice. He is a specialist in both sports and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

During your consultation, Dr Rao will carefully listen to you as you tell him about your condition. He will then examine your foot/ankle and explain to you the likely diagnosis. Prior to your consultation Dr Rao may request imaging such as an X ray or MRI scan. He will explain to you the pros and cons of your treatment options which will include non-operative modalities and surgery.

Dr Rao has extensive networking with local therapists, his goal is to work with you, your general practitioner, physiotherapist, or podiatrist to give you the best treatment, service, and the correct Orthopaedic advice.

Dr Rao specialises in all foot and ankle surgery including:

  • Bunion Surgery
  • Forefoot Correction
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Deformity Correction

Dr Rao also treats common conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Trauma
  • Sporting Injuries

Dr Rao has specialised in arthroscopic surgery and the use of platelet rich plasma injections. He also specialises in dealing with degenerative and reconstructive conditions. He is very knowledgeable in the use of injectable therapies such as platelet rich plasma which can be used to help patients reduce pain levels whilst awaiting elective operations such as knee or hip surgery.



  • Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fractures and Sprain Injuries
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for all Lower Limb Conditions

Higher Degrees

  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – FRACS (Ortho) 2009
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association – FAOrtho


  • Dr Terry Saxby Brisbane 2008

International Courses

  • Arthroscopic Association North America, Chicago
  • Arthrex courses in Naples and Thailand


  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Australian Foot and Ankle Society

Private Hospital Appointments

  • Lingard Private Hospital


  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Music