Sheela Rao, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician Educator)

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Sheela Rao is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine. She has taught pediatric residents at all levels of training in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings since joining the faculty at USC in 2006. Since beginning her career at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles she has worked in the interdisciplinary format of the CHLA Foster Hub clinic where pediatricians join with psychologists to complete initial health assessments of children entering the foster care system. She has conducted and published interdisciplinary research on populations traversing through child welfare systems. She has also served as a training presenter for training sessions for health professionals within the context of the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services. She is very committed to facilitating education and advocacy for vulnerable populations of children.


  • InfantChildand Adolescent Nutrition. 2015; 7(1):12-14. . View in PubMed
  • Why faculty must promote their own self-care Acad Med. 2013 Jan; 88(1):9-10. . View in PubMed
  • Linking infants and toddlers in foster care with early childhood mental health services Children and Youth Services Review. 2012; 34(4):838-844. . View in PubMed

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