Ratings for Dr. Chethana RAO
Dr. Rao's office is the only office I've visited where annual physicals are administered by RNs, not the physician in charge. Nurses call with test results and aren't always informed of your health conditions. Shortly after a miscarriage, e.g., my T3 levels were still low, and a nurse called to tell me I might need treatment for hypothyroidism. I thought this was irresponsible - low T3 is common during pregnancy, and my levels were recovering; Dr. Rao also hadn't tested the levels of my other thyroid hormones, which you need to diagnose thyroid conditions. I talked to my OBGYN, and she said my T3 levels weren't a cause for concern (and indeed, they bounced back). After this, I stopped trusting Dr. Rao's recommendations. Dr. Rao's bedside manner is also lacking. A couple years ago, I requested a refill of an anxiety med. When I saw Dr. Rao at my next physical, she noted I hadn't filled it, and when I told her I didn't need it (I'd been meditating, instead), she said, "That's great! I'm so proud of you!" I was 29, and this felt condescending. What would she have said if I'd filled the prescription - "I'm so disappointed"?! The following year, she brought up my anxiety, only to tell me I didn't have any because "I've seen patients with anxiety." (Really? So, just because she didn't see it at that moment meant I didn't have it?) Worse, when she learned of my miscarriage, instead of addressing it privately in the exam room, she came to ask me how I was doing as I was getting my blood drawn in an open space. (How do you think? I lost a child, and I have a needle in my arm.) I always got the feeling she was trying to move me along, which was reflected in her one-line answers to my portal questions. My husband, who's Indian-American, pointed out her beside manner might reflect cultural differences, but I just found her to be too insensitive.
Dr Chethana Rao is an outstanding Doctor. I have been visiting her for last few years and love every visit. She spends not only qualitative time with a patient but also quantitative. I feel very comfortable discussing any kind of health issues with her. Dr Rao is very empathetic and makes an attempt to understand how I really feel and how it affects my life. Most importantly I get appointments soon when I need them the most without waiting for days. And there is no wait time at her office as she is very punctual. I and my husband both go to her and she is an excellent Doctor overall and I would highly recommend her to others.
I drive 20+ miles just to go see Dr Rao. She's just one of those one of a kind Drs who listens to you and takes her time to hear out how you are feeling. She makes me feel very comfortable and is knowledgeable as well. I appreciate that she never makes me feel rushed and will make sure everything you are concerned about is addressed. As long as I can I will continue to go to her.
I have been looking for a new doctor for some time and found Dr. Rao. I have worked in health care so I have high expectations of doctors and their staff. I was very pleased with my experience. The staff is kind and helpful. Dr Rao took time to listen to my concerns. She is thoughtful with her recommendations and communicates a clear plan of care.
Dr. Rao is a wonderful doctor! She is excellent clinically, treats her patients with respect and great courtesy. She is a great communicator: explains things well, and never makes you feel rushed, always interacting with you, the patient, rather than with a computer. She has a great sense of humor. Her responsiveness and accessibility is outstanding. I would highly recommend Dr. Rao.
Dr. Rao and her staff are very caring and very nice people. They are excellent communicators.
Dr. Chethana RAO's Credentials
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- Bangalore Medical College (Grad. 1992)
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