Sudhir Rao, MD Medical Director of Pain and Spine Specialists

Dr. Rao serves as the Medical Director of Pain and Spine Specialists of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Dr. Rao leads a dedicated team of professionals committed to providing innovative and compassionate care for patients suffering from chronic pain. 

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About Dr. Rao

Dr. Rao was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduating with honors, he earned his Bachelor of Sciences in Bio-Psychology from the University of Michigan. He obtained his Medical Doctorate from St. George's University School of Medicine. Through his internship in Internal Medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, he learned a great deal about the pathophysiology of the human body and the corresponding challenging treatments required to improve patients' lives. 

Dr. Sudhir Rao was first introduced to the field of medicine when visiting his grandfather, a well-known General Practitioner in India. Despite the lack of immediate medical resources, Dr. Rao witnessed the gratitude and appreciation shown for his grandfather's medical knowledge and his care and compassion towards patients. Incredibly moved by the transformation of many patient's lives through his grandfather's medical care, Dr. Rao dedicated himself to following the same path.

Furthering his medical expertise, Dr. Rao completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. He graduated with distinguished honors in Neurological and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.

As a Fellow at Mt. Sinai College of Medicine, Dr. Rao specialized in Interventional Pain Medicine. He went on to work as an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, educating other fellows and residents.

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Dr. Rao is a vocal advocate for members of the armed forces and military veterans. He was fortunate enough to work at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas. Dr. Rao assisted in enhancing and developing the pain clinic designated for the active-duty soldiers with war-related chronic pain symptoms. He developed advanced and effective pain management techniques and treatment plans for his patients suffering from these injuries. He was also the first to introduce the use of the spinal cord stimulation therapy at Fort Hood with immediate success when treating patients with chronic neuropathic pain. Dr. Rao is honored to have had the opportunity to treat wounded soldiers and work alongside the Army's pain physicians. 

Our Mission

Pain and Spine Specialists of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia concentrates on providing superb patient care to those who suffer from moderate to severe pain. The primary outcome is to improve quality of life and overall functionality through comprehensive treatment that includes medication management, interventional treatments, and/or referrals for surgery. Our pain management providers strives to treat each and every patient with the highest quality of care and promote an individualized treatment paradigm. The secondary outcome is to provide superior patient service to address any and all concerns in a timely manner in order to provide comfort and satisfaction to the patient and his/her family.

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Our Providers

At Pain and Spine Specialists, our team of physicians and nurse practitioners are committed to giving you the most effective treatment when treating your pain. We believe that all patients should have access to quality care, and that is why you can find us conveniently located throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Contact Us

At Pain and Spine Specialists, we are committed to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients. Our services are customized, keeping each individual's comfort in mind.

Please note: We are now accepting workers compensation insurance and personal injury claim patients.

Give Us A Call

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer questions Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Billing / Insurance Questions

We Accept All Insurances!

That includes Medicare and state Medicaid.

How Soon Can I Be Seen?

Usually within one week of the initial call.

Appointments can be schedule by phone or through our contact form here.

What To Expect During Appointments

At Pain and Spine Specialists we provide comprehensive pain care while offering the most up-to-date minimally invasive techniques. Our ethos is to treat each patient (and potential patient) as if they were a family member.

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Patient Portal / Policies

At Pain and Spine Specialists we want to provide the most efficient and pleasurable experience possible. As in all medical facilities, we have certain policies in place to ensure that you receive the time you require to address your needs as well as enhance your experience while in our care.

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