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Aruna Rao, MD

Aruna S Rao, MD
Instructor of Neurology

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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  • Instructor of Neurology

Centers & Institutes

  • Headache Center


Headache, Headache, Cluster, Headache, Migraine, Headache, Tension, Hydrocephalus, Neurology, Pseudotumor Cerebri, Pseudotumor Cerebri/ Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Research Interests

Headache and sleep disorders; Headache and Psychiatric disorders; Pseudotumor cerebri and Sleep apnea


Dr. Aruna Rao is a board-certified neurologist with additional board certifications in headache and sleep medicine.  Dr. Rao completed her Neurology residency at Johns Hopkins  school of medicine followed by a fellowship in Sleep medicine.

She sees patients at the headache center, cerebro spinal fluid (CSF) disorders center and sleep disorders center, which are located at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She specializes in all headache disorders including migraine, cluster, tension headaches, trigeminal neuralgia and facial pain.

In the CSF Disorders Center she evaluates patients with pseudotumor cerebri and other CSF disorders. In the sleep disorders center she sees patients with sleep apnea, insomnia, hypersomnolence disorders and movement disorders associated with sleep like restless leg syndrome.

Dr. Rao completed residency training in adult psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York followed by fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her previous faculty appointment was at at Harvard where she co directed the inpatient child psychiatry unit at Cambridge Health Alliance.


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