Internationally Renowned Clinician and Researcher Named Director of Interventional Cardiology at NYU Langone Health

SUnil V. Rao, MD, one of the world’s top clinician-scientists in the field of interventional cardiology, has been named Director of Interventional Cardiology at NYU Langone Health and Director of NYU Langone’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in Manhattan.

Dr. Rao, who will also serve as a professor of medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, has dedicated his career to advancing interventional cardiology education, research, and clinical care. He joins NYU Langone from Duke University Medical Center, where he has spent the past 26 years in roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as Section Chief of Cardiology at Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Rao join our faculty and the NYU Langone Health community,” says Glenn I. Fishman, MD, William Goldring Professor of Medicine and Director of Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology. “His experience as a clinician, researcher and educator will further enhance the reputation of our cardiology division. We look forward to a period of tremendous clinical and academic growth with him at the helm of our program. »

Dr. Rao is highly regarded for his work in radial access procedures, a technique where the catheter is advanced to the heart through the wrist instead of the groin. His research and teaching work on radial access has resulted in clinical acceptance and improved patient outcomes, including reduced risk of bleeding and heart muscle injury and faster recovery. He has led or participated in many pioneering trials in the field and has been instrumental in training the next generation of interventionists.

NYU Langone’s cardiac catheterization labs are among the busiest in the country, with teams performing more than 14,000 procedures annually. Patients receive catheter-based diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, and aortic valve disease. Under Dr. Rao’s leadership, the team will collaborate with specialists across the facility to provide the highest quality care for all patients.

About Dr. Rao

An alumnus of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Rao completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He then completed his cardiology and interventional fellowships at Duke University Medical Center.

A prolific researcher, Dr. Rao has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters. He is editor-in-chief of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions and is currently president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. In addition to his clinical and academic achievements, Dr. Rao is a dedicated educator who has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology, the Veterans Affairs Health Administration, and the interventional industry. He continues to present at national and international meetings and is sought after as a subspecialty expert.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join and lead such an accomplished group of interventional cardiologists,” says Dr. Rao. “There is a strong culture of innovation and patient-centricity at NYU Langone, and with the dedication of our team, I know we can make significant advancements in the field that will translate into better outcomes for our patients with cardiovascular disease.”

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