Sishir Rao, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Sishir Rao, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Radiology - Interventional Radiology

Radiology - Vascular



Locations and Contact

Vascular Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Clinic Fax


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I am passionate about partnering with my patients to come up with a customized, minimally invasive treatment plan that is right for them. I value compassionate patient-centered care from the initial pre-procedural consultation through post-procedural follow-up. I bring best practices from a variety of leading institutions including residency and fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and serving as a IR attending physician and global health director at Baylor College of Medicine. I am committed to providing innovative procedures to a diverse patient population, including the underserved. I collaborate closely with primary care as well as medical and surgical specialists to provide patients with personalized, evidence-based care.

Outside of medicine, I have a variety of hobbies. I was a former competitive swimmer and cross-country runner. I continue to pursue these as hobbies. I enjoy spending time outdoors, and enjoy sailing and hiking. I also enjoy international traveling, history, cuisine, and film.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Rao is a vascular and interventional radiologist with expertise in minimally invasive procedures with imaging guidance. Interventional Radiology is at the forefront of innovation in healthcare, able to reach any area of the body with a tiny incision and a variety of needles, wires, and catheters. He performs procedures for a variety of conditions including peripheral vascular disease, interventional oncology, trauma, pain management, women's health, gastric and biliary, and venous interventions. Dr. Rao is passionate about offering cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedures to his patients with shorter recovery time and less potential complications than traditional surgery.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Rao's research interests are focused on quality and safety in interventional radiology, appropriateness and workflow in imaging, and resident and medical student education.


Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Center/Program Affiliation

Vascular Center
Trauma Program

Undergraduate School

M.D., Rice University, Houston TX 2006

Medical School

M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX 2012


Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX 2012-2013


Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 2013-2017


Interventional Radiology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 2017-2018

Massachusetts Radiological Society, Resident Fellow Section (MRS-RFS) Leadership 2014-2018, including President from 2016-2017 and member of the MRS board from 2017, 2018

Clinical Fellow/Junior Teaching Faculty Harvard Medical School, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

City of Chelsea, MA Nominated for and member of the Planning Board, 2016, 2017, 2018

Massachusetts General Hospital Radiology Department Nominee for the Global Health Service Award in 2016, 2017

Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program (CPIP) Graduate, Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare, 2015

MGH Global Health Travel Grant Recipient, Mass General Hospital/Partners HealthCare, 2015

Society of Interventional Radiology Resident Travel Scholarship, 2015

Rice University/Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scholar 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Baylor College of Medicine AOA Nominee, 2011

Rice University Trustee Distinguished Scholar 2004, 2005, 2006

National Merit Scholar 2004, 2005, 2006

National Advanced Placement Scholar, 2004

Digumarthy SR, Gullo RL, Levesque MH, Sayegh K, Rao S, Raymond SB, Otrakji A, Kalra MK. Cause determination of missed lung nodules and impact of reader training and education: Simulation study with nodule insertion software. J Cancer Res Ther. 2020 Jul-Sep;16(4):780-787. doi:10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_312_17. PMID:32930118.

Succi MD, Yun BJ, Rao S, Rao S, Gottumukkala RV, Glover M 4th, White BA, Lev MH, Raja AS, Prabhakar AM. Turning around cancer: Oncology imaging and implications for emergency department radiology workflow. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Feb;38(2):317-320. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2019.158435. Epub 2019 Sep 10. PMID:31759782.

Rao S, Rao S, Rincon S, Caruso P, Ptak T, Raja AS, Prabhakar AM, Harvey HB. Assessment of Pediatric Neurotrauma Imaging Appropriateness at a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Jul;13(7):788-93. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2016.02.022. Epub 2016 Apr 12. PMID:27084071.

Rao S, Rao S, Dhindsa-Castanedo L, Benndorf G. Rapidly evolving large extracranial vertebral artery pseudoaneurysm in Behçet's disease: Case report and review of the literature. Mod Rheumatol. 2015 May;25(3):476-9. doi:10.3109/14397595.2013.843751. Epub 2014 Mar 4. PMID:24593167.

Rao S, Rao S, Harvey HB, Avery L, Saini S, Prabhakar AM. Low back pain in the emergency department-are the ACR Appropriateness Criteria being followed? J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Apr;12(4):364-9. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2014.10.020. Epub 2014 Oct 31. PMID:25703700.

Rao S, Swartz A, Obeid L, Rao S, Joyce B, Whitehouse S, Horst M, Butler J, Kinnen R, Shepard A, Rubinfeld I. E-portfolio competency metadata: pilot study for a call to action. J Med Syst. 2012 Apr;36(2):457-62. doi:10.1007/s10916-010-9490-3. Epub 2010 May 6. PMID:20703705.

Rao S, Patel A, Levin K, Lu M, Garbarino K, Myers D, Walker EM, Ryu S, Ho Kim J, Movsas B. How often are previously undetected radiographic abnormalities detected at the time of CT simulation for breast cancer patients? Am J Clin Oncol. 2010 Jun;33(3):262-4. doi:10.1097/COC.0b013e3181a76a3d. PMID:19823073.

Rao S, van Holsbeeck L, Musial JL, Parker A, Bouffard JA, Bridge P, Jackson M, Dulchavsky SA. A pilot study of comprehensive ultrasound education at the Wayne State University School of Medicine: a pioneer year review. J Ultrasound Med. 2008 May;27(5):745-9. doi:10.7863/jum.2008.27.5.745. PMID:18424650.

Haurani MJ, Rubinfeld I, Rao S, Beaubien J, Musial JL, Parker A, Reickert C, Raafat A, Shepard A. Are the communication and professionalism competencies the new critical values in a resident's global evaluation process? J Surg Educ. 2007 Nov-Dec;64(6):351-6. doi:10.1016/j.jsurg.2007.06.012. PMID:18063268.

Musial JL, Rubinfeld IS, Parker AO, Reickert CA, Adams SA, Rao S, Shepard AD. Developing a scoring rubric for resident research presentations: a pilot study. J Surg Res. 2007 Oct;142(2):304-7. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2007.03.060. Epub 2007 Aug 23. PMID:17719066.