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Adupa P Rao, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)
IRD 720 2020 Zonal Avenue Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 7923


Dr. Rao attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate before returning to his native India for medical school. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Rao was welcomed back to USC and completed an internship, a residency and two fellowships at the LAC+USC Medical Center. An expert in Cystic Fibrosis, Dr. Rao has taught several courses to medical students on understanding the disease and is the Associate Director of the Keck School of Medicine’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program.

Dr. Rao’s research activities include lung transplantation and Cystic Fibrosis: Testosterone, Rate of PFT Decline. He has also been a distinguished lecturer on Sarcoidosis and created a DVD produced by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation titled “Looking Ahead: Transition for Pediatric to Adult Cystic Fibrosis Patient Care.”


Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2011

Tutor of the Year

Resident of the Year

GlaxoSmithKline: Fellowship Research Award, 2001

Chief Resident of Internal Medicine

Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2011


Bensman TJ, Nguyen AN, Rao AP, Beringer PM. Doxycycline exhibits anti-inflammatory activity in CF bronchial epithelial cells. Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Oct; 25(5):377-82. View in: PubMed

Beringer PM, Hidayat L, Heed A, Zheng L, Owens H, Benitez D, Rao AP. GFR estimates using cystatin C are superior to serum creatinine in adult patients with cystic fibrosis. J Cyst Fibros. 2009 Jan; 8(1):19-25. View in: PubMed

Liu S, Beringer PM, Hidayat L, Rao AP, Louie S, Burckart GJ, Shapiro B. Probenecid, but not cystic fibrosis, alters the total and renal clearance of fexofenadine. J Clin Pharmacol. 2008 Aug; 48(8):957-65. View in: PubMed

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