Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery

Meet Dr. Rao

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A kind and thoughtful disposition sets Dr. Arun Rao apart among plastic surgeons in Tucson, AZ. He is a caring and skilled surgeon who prides himself on making people feel comfortable and confident about every stage of their surgical care.

Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American College of Surgeons, Arizona Society for Plastic Surgeons, and Pima County Medical Society, Dr. Rao is chief of plastic surgery at both Tucson Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital. He also holds staff privileges at St. Mary's Hospital and he performs surgery at Tucson Surgery Center, Carondelet Foothills Surgery Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tucson Medical Center, and St. Mary's Hospital.

Get to know Dr. Rao personally and discover all that he can do to help you realize a more youthful and attractive you. Request your consultation online or call (520) 209-2500.


Dr. Rao grew up in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. He stayed in Chicago and attended Northwestern University for his undergraduate degree. Dr. Rao then went on to receive his medical degree from UCC School of Medicine in Puerto Rico.

Post-Doctorate Training

Following medical school, Dr. Rao completed his general surgery residency at Michigan State University. He received several teaching awards from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

After completion of his general surgery residency, Dr. Rao returned to Chicago where he received a year of fellowship training in burn surgery at Cook County Hospital. Cook County Hospital Burn Center is one of the most prestigious burn centers in the country and treats a high volume of patients.

In addition, Dr. Rao received training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Louisville. There he trained with leaders in the field of breast and facial aesthetics and body contouring. Dr. Rao was named chief resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and was awarded with the Academic Achievement Award while at University of Louisville.

Castle Connolly: A Rare Distinction

Dr. Rao is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, which means that he's been nominated by his peers for his outstanding skills. This prestigious title indicates that fellow doctors and surgeons have taken note of his impeccable skills. It is a high honor in the medical field.

In His Spare Time

Dr. Rao is thrilled to now be living in Arizona and looks forwarding to providing his services as a Tucson plastic surgeon.

He loves spending time with his family, and enjoys a variety of sports, especially playing golf with his wife and taking his Labrador retriever on long runs. He has an appreciation for golf course architecture, demonstrating his proclivity for combining the technical with the aesthetic, and possesses a passion for creating beauty.

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