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Raj Rao MD

Raj Rao MD

Vice Chairman, Professor

Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Program: Spine


Leadership Positions

  • Board of Directors - North American Spine Society, Chairman - Diversity Advisory Board - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member US FDA Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel
  • Publications

  • Biomechanical comparison of supplemental posterior fixations for two-level anterior lumbar interbody fusion. (Wang M, Tang SJ, McGrady LM, Rao RD) Proc Inst Mech Eng H 2013 Mar;227(3):245-50 PMID 23662340
  • Single-level transforaminal interbody fusion for traumatic lumbosacral fracture-dislocation: a case report. (Herrera AJ, Berry CA, Rao RD) Acta Orthop Belg 2013 Feb;79(1):117-22 PMID 23547528
  • Radiographic characterization of prevertebral soft tissue shadow in the cervicothoracic region of normal adults. (Mullin TI, Wang M, Rao RD) J Surg Res 2013 Mar;180(1):73-9 PMID 23117119
  • The influence of morphology on cervical injury characteristics. (Stemper BD, Pintar FA, Rao RD) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2011 Dec 1;36(25 Suppl):S180-6 PMID 22101749
  • Quantitative analyses of pediatric cervical spine ossification patterns using computed tomography. (Yoganandan N, Pintar FA, Lew SM, Rao RD, Rangarajan N) Ann Adv Automot Med 2011;55:159-68 PMID 22105393
  • Risk factors for complications and mortality after spine surgery assessed with the NSQIP database: where do we go from here? Commentary on an article by Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, et al.: "Risk factors for immediate postoperative complications and mortality following spine surgery: a study of 3475 patients from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program". (Rao RD) J Bone Joint Surg Am 2011 Sep 7;93(17):e101(1-2) PMID 21915554
  • Upright magnetic resonance imaging measurement of prevertebral soft tissue in the cervical spine of normal volunteers. (Stemper BD, Tang SJ, Yoganandan N, Shender BS, Rao RD) Spine J 2011 May;11(5):412-5 PMID 21558035
  • Location of the transverse foramen in the subaxial cervical spine in a young asymptomatic population. (Malik SW, Stemper BD, Metkar U, Yoganandan N, Shender BS, Rao RD) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2010 May 20;35(12):E514-9 PMID 20445473
  • Adult isthmic spondylolisthesis. (Jones TR, Rao RD) J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2009 Oct;17(10):609-17 PMID 19794218
  • Traumatic lumbosacral pseudomeningocele associated with spinal fracture. (Foley JA, Rao RD) Spine J 2009 Nov;9(11):e5-e10 PMID 19648061
  • The effect of platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow on murine posterolateral lumbar spine arthrodesis with bone morphogenetic protein. (Rao RD, Gourab K, Bagaria VB, Shidham VB, Metkar U, Cooley BC) J Bone Joint Surg Am 2009 May;91(5):1199-206 PMID 19411469
  • Letters. (Stemper BD et al.) Spine 2008 Oct 1;33(21):2369-2370 PMID 18827705
  • Computerized tomographic morphometric analysis of subaxial cervical spine pedicles in young asymptomatic volunteers. (Rao RD, Marawar SV, Stemper BD, Yoganandan N, Shender BS) J Bone Joint Surg Am 2008 Sep;90(9):1914-21 PMID 18762652
  • Quantitative anatomy of subaxial cervical lateral mass: an analysis of safe screw lengths for Roy-Camille and magerl techniques. (Stemper BD, Marawar SV, Yoganandan N, Shender BS, Rao RD) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2008 Apr 15;33(8):893-7 PMID 18404109
  • Degenerative cervical spondylosis: clinical syndromes, pathogenesis, and management. (Rao RD, Currier BL, Albert TJ, Bono CM, Marawar SV, Poelstra KA, Eck JC) Instr Course Lect 2008;57:447-69 PMID 18399602
  • Alteration of load sharing of anterior cervical implants with change in cervical sagittal alignment. (Wang M, Gourab K, McGrady LM, Rao RD) Med Eng Phys 2008 Jul;30(6):768-73 PMID 18037331
  • Autograft containment in posterolateral spine fusion. (Rao RD, Bagaria V, Gourab K, Haworth ST, Shidham VB, Cooley BC) Spine J 2008 Jul-Aug;8(4):563-9 PMID 17923443
  • Changes in the lumbar foramen following anterior interbody fusion with tapered or cylindrical cages. (Wang M, Dalal S, Bagaria VB, McGrady LM, Rao RD) Spine J 2007 Sep-Oct;7(5):563-9 PMID 17905318
  • Degenerative cervical spondylosis: clinical syndromes, pathogenesis, and management. (Rao RD, Currier BL, Albert TJ, Bono CM, Marawar SV, Poelstra KA, Eck JC) J Bone Joint Surg Am 2007 Jun;89(6):1360-78 PMID 17575617
  • Posterolateral intertransverse lumbar fusion in a mouse model: surgical anatomy and operative technique. (Rao RD, Bagaria VB, Cooley BC) Spine J 2007 Jan-Feb;7(1):61-7 PMID 17197334
  • Operative treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. (Rao RD, Gourab K, David KS) J Bone Joint Surg Am 2006 Jul;88(7):1619-40 PMID 16818991
  • Does anterior plating of the cervical spine predispose to adjacent segment changes? (Rao RD, Wang M, McGrady LM, Perlewitz TJ, David KS) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2005 Dec 15;30(24):2788-92; discussion 2793 PMID 16371904
  • Biomechanical changes at adjacent segments following anterior lumbar interbody fusion using tapered cages. (Rao RD, David KS, Wang M) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2005 Dec 15;30(24):2772-6 PMID 16371901
  • Reflex muscle contraction in the unaware occupant in whiplash injury. (Stemper BD, Yoganandan N, Rao RD, Pintar FA) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2005 Dec 15;30(24):2794-8; discussion 2799 PMID 16371906
  • Anterior longitudinal ligament injuries in whiplash may lead to cervical instability. (Stemper BD, Yoganandan N, Pintar FA, Rao RD) Med Eng Phys 2006 Jul;28(6):515-24 PMID 16289824
  • Influence of thoracic ramping on whiplash kinematics. (Stemper BD, Yoganandan N, Rao RD, Pintar FA) Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 2005 Dec;20(10):1019-28 PMID 16095781
  • Bilateral C5 motor paralysis following anterior cervical surgery--a case report. (David KS, Rao RD) Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2006 Oct;108(7):675-81 PMID 15963639
  • Mechanical evaluation of posterior wiring as a supplement to anterior cervical plate fixation. (Rao RD, Wang M, Singrakhia MD, McGrady LM) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2004 Oct 15;29(20):2256-9 PMID 15480137
  • Delayed development of neurological deficit from an occipital fracture. A case report. (Rao RD, Singhal P) J Bone Joint Surg Am 2004 May;86-A(5):1047-50 PMID 15118051
  • Intradiscal pressure and kinematic behavior of lumbar spine after bilateral laminotomy and laminectomy. (Rao RD, Wang M, Singhal P, McGrady LM, Rao S) Spine J 2002 Sep-Oct;2(5):320-6 PMID 14589462
  • Painful osteoporotic vertebral fracture. Pathogenesis, evaluation, and roles of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty in its management. (Rao RD, Singrakhia MD) J Bone Joint Surg Am 2003 Oct;85-A(10):2010-22 PMID 14563813
  • Whiplash injury determination with conventional spine imaging and cryomicrotomy. (Yoganandan N, Cusick JF, Pintar FA, Rao RD) Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2001 Nov 15;26(22):2443-8 PMID 11707708
  • Grants and Awards

  • Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) in Pediatric to Adult Transition (#9206568 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2015) Sponsor: Marquette University
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Program (PCORP) (#9520226 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017) PI of Community-Based Yoga Therapy in the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain (#5520315)