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Gautam G. Rao, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Location:

22 S. Greene St Suite S3AX-19

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-2076

Fax:

(410) 328-8389

Education and Training

Education

1995    B.S.     Biology, University of Miami

1997    M.D.    University of Miami

Post Graduate Education and Training\

1997-2001       Internship-Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center

2001-2005       Fellowship, Gynecologic Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Biosketch

Dr. Gautam G. Rao is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncologist/Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

He received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Miami. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Rao has received numerous awards including the Honors Program in Medical Education at the University of Miami. He is a member of several national societies including the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American Association of Cancer Research. He has authored many publications and book chapters in the field of gynecologic oncology.

His research interests include clinical trials for the treatment of gynecologic malignancies and prevention of chemotherapy related complications. He also has a special interest in ovarian low malignant potential tumors.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Ovarian cancer Ovarian low malignant potential tumors Cyclooxygenase pathway

Highlighted Publications

 

 

1.         Rao GG,Skinner E, Gehrig PA, Duska LR, Coleman RL, Schorge JO. Surgical staging of ovarian low malignant potential tumors. Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Aug;104(2):261-266.

 

2.         Rao GG,Rogers P, Drake RD, Nguyen P, Coleman RL. Phase I clinical trial of weekly paclitaxel, weekly carboplatin, and concurrent radiotherapy for primary cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2005 Jan;96(1):168-172.

 

3.         Rao GG, Skinner EN, Gehrig PA, Duska LR, Miller DS, Schorge JO. Fertility-sparing surgery for ovarian low malignant potential tumors. Gynecol Oncol. 2005 Aug;98(2):263-266.

 

4.         Kanter EM, Vargis E, Majumder S, Keller MD, Woeste E, Rao GG, Mahadevan-Jansen, A. Application of Raman spectroscopy for cervical dysplasia diagnosis. J Biophoton. 2009 Feb;2(1-2):81-90.

 

5.       Wahl AO, Gaffney DK, Jhingran A, Yashar CY, Biagioli M, Elshaikh MA, Jolly S, Kidd E, Lee LJ, Li L, Moore DH, Rao GG, Williams NL, Small W. ACR appropriateness criteria adjuvant management of early-stage endometrial cancer. Oncol. 2016 Sep:30(9):816-822.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Publication Citations

 

1.         Rao GG, Ashfaq R, Schorge JO. Transitional cell ovarian carcinoma in a BRCA1 mutation carrier. Obstet Gynecol. 2002 May;99(5 Pt 2):944-946.

 

2.         Lavie I, Rao GG, Castrillon DH, Miller DS, Schorge JO. Duration of human chorionic gonadotropin surveillance for partial hydatidiform moles. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 May;192(5):1362-1364.

3.         Rao GG, Kurien A, Gossett D, Griffith WF, Coleman RL, Muller CY. A case-control study of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase polymorphisms in cervical carcinogenesis. Gynecol Oncol. 2006 May;101(2):250-254.

 

4.         Drake RD, Rao GG, McIntire DD, Miller DS, Schorge JO. Gestational trophoblastic disease among Hispanic women: A 21-year hospital-based study. Gynecol Oncol. 2006 Oct;103(1):81-86.

 

5.         Gaffney DK, Erickson-Wittman BA, Jhingran A, Mayr NA, Puthwala AA, Moore D, Rao GG, Small W, Varia MA, Wolfson AH, Yashar CM, Yuh W, Cardenes HR. ACR appropriateness criteria on advanced cervical cancer expert panel on radiation oncology – gynecology. Int J Radiation Oncology Biol Phys. 2011 Nov:81(3):609-614.

 

6.       Vargis E, Kanter EM, Majumder SK, Keller MD, Beaven RB, Rao GG, Mahadevan-Jansen A. Effect of normal variations on disease classification of Raman spectra from cervical tissue. Analyst. 2011 Jul:136(14):2981-2987.

 

7.       Wolfson AH, Varia MA, Moore D, Rao GG, Gaffney DK, Erickson-Wittmann BA, Jhingran A, Mayr NA, Puthawala AA, Small W Jr, Yashar CM, Yuh W, Cardenes HR. ACR appropriateness criteria role of adjuvant therapy in the management of early stage cervical cancer.Gynecol Oncol. 2012 Apr:125(1):256-262.

 

8.       Siegel CL, Andreotti RF, Cardenes HR, Brown DL, Gaffney DK, Horowitz NS, Javitt MC, Lee SI, Mitchell DG, Moore DH, Rao GG, Royal HD, Small W Jr, Varia MA, Yashar CM. ACR appropriateness criteria pretreatment planning of invasive cancer of the cervix. J Am Coll Radiol. 2012 Jun:9(6):395-402.

 

9.       Small W Jr, Strauss JB, Jhingran A, Yashar CM, Cardenes HR, Erickson-Wittman BA, Gullett N, Kidd E, Lee LJ, Mayr NA, Moore D, Puthawala AA, Rao GG, Varia MA, Wahl AO, Wolfson AH, Yuh W, Gaffney DK. ACR appropriateness criteria definitive therapy for early-stage cervical cancer. Am J Clin Oncol. 2012 Aug:35(4):399-405.

 

10.       Kidd E, Moore D, Varia MA, Gaffney DK, Elshaikh MA, Erickson B, Jhingran A, Lee LJ, Mayr NA, Puthwala AA, Rao GG, Small W, Wahl AO, Wolfson AH, Yashar CM, Yuh W, Cardenes HR. ACR appropriateness criteria management of locoregionally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva. Am J Clin Oncol. 2013 Aug:36(4):415-422.

 

11.       Lee LJ, Jhingran A, Kidd E, Cardenes H, Elshaikh M, Erickson B, Mayr NA, Moore D, Puthwala AA, Rao GG, Small W, Varia MA, Wahl AO, Wolfson AH, Yashar CM, Yuh W, Gaffney D.  ACR appropriateness criteria management of vaginal cancer. Oncol - NY. 2013 Nov:27(11):1166-1173.

 

12.       Elshaikh MA,Yashar CM,Wolfson AH, Cardenes HR, Erickson B, Jhingran A, Jolly S, Kidd E, Lee LJ, Mayr NA, Moore D, Rao GG, Small W, Mahesh A. Varia MA, Wahl AO, Yuh W, Gaffney DK. ACR appropriateness criteria advanced stage endometrial cancer. Am J Clin Oncol. 2014 Aug:37(4):391-396.

 

13.       Jolly S, Soni P, Gaffney DK, Biagioli M, Elshaikh MA, Jhingran A, Kidd E, Lee LJ, Li L, Moore DH, Rao GG, Wahl AO, Williams NL, Yashar CM, Small W. ACR appropriateness criteria adjuvant therapy in vulvar cancer. Oncol. 2015 Nov:29(11):867-875.

 

14.       Elshaikh MA, Vance S, Gaffney DK, Biagioli M, Jhingran A, Jolly S, Kidd E, Lee LL, Li L, Moore DM, Rao GG, Wahl AO, Williams NL, Yashar CY, Small W. ACR appropriateness criteria management of recurrent endometrial cancer. Am J Clin Oncol. 2016 Oct:39(5):507-515.

 

 

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the functional significance of EP4 expression in ovarian cancer and to identify a possible therapeutic target for patients with ovarian cancer.

 

Clinical Specialty Details

Intraperitoneal chemotherpay for ovarian cancer

Robot-assited laparoscopic surgery

Awards and Affiliations

1991-1997       Honors Program in Medical Education, University of MiamiSchool of Medicine

1999                Felix Rutledge Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, M.D.AndersonCancerCenter, University of TexasHealthScienceCenter at Houston

2001                Outstanding Resident in Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology, WayneStateUniversitySchool of Medicine

2003-2005       NIH T32 Physiology of Reproduction Training Grant, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern MedicalCenter

2007                The AmericanCollege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/The Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award, VanderbiltUniversitySchool of Medicine

2015                Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Designee

 

 

Grants and Contracts

Active Grants

 2014-present           Principal Investigator, Co-PI: Jocelyn Reader, PhD

                     Functional significance of changes in the cyclooxygenase pathway on EP4 in ovarian cancer

                     D01, University of Maryland Medical School, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

                     Annual Direct Costs: $50,000

                     Total Direct Costs: $50,000                                                                                                                                             

Completed Grants

 

2004-2005       Co-investigator, Principal Investigator: John O. Schorge, MD

                        “Novel ovarian cancer biomarkers using the CAST vector”

American Cancer Society - Institutional Research Grant

Annual Direct Costs: $20,000

                        Total Direct Costs: $20,000

Professional Activity

2001-2005 Ad hoc reviewer, Gynecologic Oncology

2001-2005 Ad hoc reviewer, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

2006 Ad hoc reviewer, Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation

2010-present   Member, American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria – Gynecologic Radiation Oncology Panel

2011-2013       Member, Finance Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncology

2014-present   American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Oral Board Examiner

2015-present   General Member, NRG Oncology Uterine Corpus Committee