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Dr. Pradeep Rao was brought up in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. He graduated from the Grant Medical College and completed his General Surgical training from the Lokamanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai in 1994. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1995. After this in 1996, he joined the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Nadiad for Urology residency under the guidance of Dr Mahesh Desai and Dr S D Bapat and obtained the board certification in Genitourinary Surgery in 2000. He was recently conferred with a Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for his contributions to the field of Urology.
He was a Visiting Fellow in Laparoscopic Urology with Dr Inderbir Gill in 2000 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. On returning from Cleveland, he was one of the earliest urologists to start doing laparoscopy in India. He then trained in Robotic Surgery at MPUH, Nadiad and USC, Los Angeles, California. He has been a faculty at MPUH, Nadiad and the Jayramdas Patel Academic Centre there since 2010.
He has been specializing in Endourology, Laparoscopy, Robotics, Renal Transplant and Vascular Access with a primary interest in Stone disease and Laparoscopic / Robotic Uro-oncology. He is the Director & Head, Department of Urology at the Global Hospital in Mumbai. He is also attached to Mamata Hospital, Dombivli and Jupiter Hospital, Thane. He was appointed as Honorary Urologist at the KEM Hospital, Mumbai for training residents in laparoscopy. He is a Faculty Director at ceMAST, a training centre for Minimal Access Surgery in Mumbai.
He did the initial clinical trial for the LMA Stonebreaker device (published in BJU in 2006). In May 2007, he did the first ever Single Port Nephrectomy (among other Single port cases) using the R-Port and is credited with being a pioneer of this technology. He is a member of the LESSCAR working group formed to direct the future of Single Port surgery. He was also involved with the initial trials of the BackStop device (published in J Urology). He started the first successful Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy program in Mumbai at Global Hospital.
He has been invited to demonstrate live surgery and lecture in Japan, South Korea, Germany, Venezuela, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, USA, Japan and Singapore. He has been a regular faculty contributor at most major International meetings
He has more than 20 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has been a Guest editor of the Indian Journal of Urology. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Endourology and has authored chapters in various books including the latest edition of Smith’s Textbook of Endourology.