Vijaya Rao, MD

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Vijaya Rao, MD, cares for patients with a variety of digestive diseases, and specializes in celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening and gastroenterologic issues in women. She researches the ethical implications of invasive procedures and clinical trials.

Dr. Rao serves as the director of student and resident rotations for the section and assists with implementation of the ethics curriculum for gastroenterology fellows.

Specialties

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Residency

  • Loyola University Medical Center

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2011

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology

Languages Spoken

  • English

Adult GI with Dr. Vijaya Rao: Things You're Too Embarrassed to Ask a Doctor

Things You’re Too Embarrassed To Ask A Doctor is UChicago Medicine’s podcast dedicated to answering some of the most searched medical questions on the Internet. What does it mean if poop is green? This episode, general gastroenterologist Dr. Vijaya Rao explains the source of some questions people have in the bathroom.