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Poornima Rao, MD, General Surgery, South Pasadena, CA, City of Hope's Helford Clinical Research Hospital


General Surgery South Pasadena, CA

Breast, Surgical Oncology (Other than Breast)

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery

Overview of Dr. Rao

Dr. Poornima Rao, MD is a general surgeon in South Pasadena, California. She is currently licensed to practice medicine in California, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. She is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Methodist Hospital of Southern California, and City of Hope's Helford Clinical Research Hospital.

Education & Training

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Cleveland Clinic FoundationResidency, Surgery, 2000 - 2008
  • New York Medical College
    New York Medical CollegeClass of 2000

Certifications & Licensure

  • OR State Medical License
    OR State Medical License 2021 - 2023
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2010 - 2024
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2008 - 2010
  • OH State Medical License
    OH State Medical License 2000 - 2010
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification Allscripts Enterprise EHR, Allscripts, 2012
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons

Publications & Presentations


Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
    Aetna HMO
    BCBS Blue Card PPO
    CIGNA Open Access
    First Choice
    First Health PPO
    Great West PPO
    Health Net Oregon CommunityCare
    Health Net Oregon PPO
    HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
    Highmark BCBS ClassicBlue
    Highmark BCBS PPOBlue
    Lifewise Health Plan of Oregon
    Multiplan PHCS PPO
    ODS Network
    PacificSource Preferred PSN
    Providence Health System Personal Option
    Providence Health System Preferred PPO
    Regence Oregon - Preferred Provider Network
    United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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