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Chethan K. Rao, DO

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

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Additional Title:

Pediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist

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Education and Training

2007 - 2011 A.B., Biology and Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

2012 - 2013 M.S., University of North Texas Health Science Center

2013 - 2017 D.O., University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine


2017 - 2019 Residency, Pediatrics – Preliminary, University of Florida College of Medicine

2019 - 2022 Residency, Child and Adolescent Neurology, Mayo Clinic Florida and Nemours Children’s Health

2022 - 2023 Fellowship, Pediatric Epilepsy, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health


Dr. Rao completed his Child and Adolescent Neurology residency at Mayo Clinic Florida and Pediatric Epilepsy fellowship at Stanford Medicine. He has particular interests in pediatric seizure onset zone localization and epilepsy genetics. He is particularly keen on implementing technology to overcome healthcare disparities in pediatric epilepsy.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Pediatric epilepsy, health equity, infantile spasms, genetic epilepsy

Highlighted Publications

Rao, CK, Nordli, DR, Sheth, RD. The Effect of Smartphone Video on Lead Time to Diagnosis of Infantile Spasms. The Journal of Pediatrics March 2023; S0022-3476(23)00189-0. 

Rao, CK, Sheth, RD. Lingual Seizures Due to Familial Cerebral Cavernous Malformations. Pediatric Neurology May 2021; 118:46-47. 

Rao, CK, Tatum, WO, Brinkmann, BH, Sharma, A, Yelvington, KH, Sirven, JI, Rittacio, AL, Feyissa, AM. Effect of post-ictal SPECT injection antiseizure drug therapy on the localization value of SPECT studies and treatment-emergent adverse events: a single center prospective study. Epilepsy & Behavior February 2021; 115:107500. 

Additional Publication Citations

Rao-Bindal, K, Rao, CK, Yu, L, Kleinerman, ES. Expression of c-FLIP in pulmonary metastases in osteosarcoma patients and human xenografts. Pediatric Blood & Cancer April 2013; 60(4):575-9.

McLendon, LA, Rao, CK, Da Hora, CC, Islamovic, F, Galan, FN. Post-COVID-19 Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis in a 17-Month-old. Pediatrics June 2021; 147(6):e2020049678.

Rao, CK, Tatum, WO. Teaching NeuroImage: Pseudo-Figure-of-4 Sign. Neurology January 2022; 98(3):e326-e327.

Nordli, DR, Rao, CK, McLendon, LA, Galan, FN. Clinical Neuroimage: Pediatric Gliomatosis Cerebri. International Journal of Clinical & Medical Images June 2022; 9:831.

Nordli, DR, Rao, CK, Delgado-Escueta, AV, Galan, FN. A Novel Mutation in Lafora Disease and Update on Pathophysiology and Future Treatments. Child Neurology Open October 2022; 9:1-3.

Rao, CK, McLendon, LA, Galan, FN. Pediatric Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis with Epilepsia Partialis Continua. Neuroimmunology Reports October 2022; 2:100146.

Rao, CK, Kamoroff, S, Zorrilla, J, Galan, FN. Super-refractory Status Epilepticus following Blinatumomab Initiation for B-cell ALL. Immunotherapy December 2022; 14(18):1437-1442.

Research Interests

Pediatric epilepsy, health equity, infantile spasms, genetic epilepsy

Clinical Specialty Details

Pediatric epilepsy, infantile spasms, genetic epilepsy