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Samir Satish Rao, M.D.

Samir Satish Rao, M.D.

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Abdominoplasty, Botulinum Toxin Injections, Breast Augmentation, Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction, Brow Lift, Buttock Lift, Liposuction, Melanoma, Neck Lift, Plastic Surgery, Skin Cancer, Skin Graft more


Center for Plastic Surgery

Appointment Phone: 301-652-7700
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 130
Chevy Chase, MD 20815 map
Fax: 301-907-6590


Dr. Samir S. Rao is a plastic surgeon affiliated with Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Dr. Rao is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He practices out of Center for Plastic Surgery, located in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Dr. Rao has expertise in abdominoplasty; botulinum toxin injections; breast augmentation, reconstruction and reduction; brow lift; liposuction; melanoma; neck lift; skin graft; Brazilian butt lift; and feminine rejuvenation surgeries.

Dr. Rao earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Rao completed his residency in plastic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, as well as training in basic and advanced microsurgical techniques at The Curtis National Hand Center. Currently, Dr. Rao performs reconstructive surgery for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington; participates in Fairfax County’s Skindeep Tattoo Removal program, which offers free laser removal of gang tattoos for court-involved youth; and serves as a volunteer plastic surgeon for Ecuadent, a non-profit that provides cleft lip and palate repair and reconstructive surgery for congenital hand and foot abnormalities for children in Ecuador.

Dr. Rao has contributed to numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has presented at national conferences, such as the annual meetings of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Rao also serves as a peer reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. more

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Surgery at Suburban Hospital



  • MD; The George Washington University School of Medicine (2007)


  • Plastic Surgery; Georgetown University School of Medicine (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (Plastic Surgery) (2014)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Rao, S.,Stolle, E. C.,Sher, S.,Lin, C. W.,Momen, B.,Nahabedian, M. Y. "A multiple logistic regression analysis of complications following microsurgical breast reconstruction." Gland Surg. 2014 Dec 11.

Clemens, M. W.,Hanson, S. E.,Rao, S.,Truong, A.,Liu, J.,Yu, P. "Rapid awakening protocol in complex head & neck reconstruction." Head Neck. 2014 Mar 29.

Spear, S. L.,Rao, S. S.,Patel, K. M.,Nahabedian, M. Y. "Reduction mammaplasty and mastopexy in previously irradiated breasts." Aesthet Surg J. 2013 Dec 11.

Activities & Honors


  • Resident Paper Competition Award, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 2013
  • Top Doctor, Real Self

Professional Activities

  • Reconstructive Surgeon, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • Skindeep Tattoo Removal Program, Fairfax County
  • Volunteer Plastic Surgeon, Ecuadent
  • Peer Reviewer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

How To Prevent Plastic Surgery Failures In Lower Extremity Reconstruction. Podiatry Today (07/01/2011)

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