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Vinay Rao, DO

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Vinay Rao, DO

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Vinay Rao, DO, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an internal medicine-trained palliative care physician who cares for patients at Yale New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. Dr. Rao completed his fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and received his doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine from A.T. Still University, the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare. 

Dr. Rao joined Yale from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a palliative medicine attending physician at the Miriam Hospital and Fain Cancer Center. He has conducted research pertaining to palliative care and improving the quality of care for high-risk patients with unmet needs. Using his compassion, experience, and knowledge, Dr. Rao seeks to address care of the whole person and help to shape healthcare in underserved populations.


  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine (2018)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2017)

Professional Service

GI Oncology Care Signature CouncilFaculty Member2023 - Present
American Society of Clinical Oncology Member2023 - Present
Vital TalksWent through Vital Talks faculty development so that I can officially facilitate communication skills training for our learners at Yale2022 - Present
Smilow Cancer Hospital Mortality Review Committee I mentored and supported our fellows who presented cases for mortality review2022 - Present
NCCN Distress Management Panel, NCCNI served as the Smilow Cancer Hospital representative to the Distress Management Guideline panel. I met with members of the national panel annually to discuss updates and changes to the guidelines.2022 - Present
Yale New Haven Hospital Ethics CommitteeMember2021 - Present
Rhode Island Hospital Ethics CommitteeMember2018
American College of PhysiciansMember2013 - 2016
Alpha Phi Omega Service FraternityMember2009 - 2013

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