Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Vivek Rao, MD


Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.

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Redwood City Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 650-299-2290

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I have had a strong interest in caring for critically ill neurologic and neurosurgical patients ever since my days in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania where I witnessed the benefits of providing the latest treatments when hope seems all but lost.

This led me to undergo training in neurology at the Neurologic Institute (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) in New York City followed by a fellowship in stroke and neurocritical care at the University of California, San Francisco. Since 2003, when I joined Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City, I have cherished the ability to offer cutting edge therapies and approaches to patients suddenly stricken with a devastating neurologic disorder.

I have specialized training to care for patients with complex stroke (including bleeding within the brain), traumatic brain injury, brain aneurysms, and neurologic complications of medical illness. I stay current through memberships in the American Stroke Association and the Neurocritical Care Society and by maintaining board certifications in neurology, neurocritical care, and vascular neurology.

In addition, our group contributes significantly to the fields of stroke and neurocritical care through various peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at national conferences.

I am especially proud to work with my colleagues at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City. There is a common goal to provide the same level of care that we would want for our loved ones. In addition to providing exceptional care, our team also strives to improve the stressful experience of being in a hospital. To this end, and to improve communication and outcomes, our team employs a multi-disciplinary, patient centered approach involving physicians, nurse specialists, therapists and social workers at the earliest phase of illness.

We are proud to provide hope and compassionate care and our work has led the Joint Commission to designate our center as a Comprehensive Stroke Center - one of just a handful in the country.


Medical EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
Philadelphia, PA
InternshipVeterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System,
Los Angeles, CA
ResidencyColumbia Presbyterian Medical Center,
New York, NY
FellowshipUC San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA
Board CertificationNeurology,
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Board CertificationVascular Neurology,
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Hospital Admitting PrivilegesRedwood City Medical Center
License Type
State of Issue
Doctor of Medicine
06/30/2019 00:00:00

Other Information

Accepting New Patients StatusAccepting new patients, referral may be required
Languages SpokenEnglish
Interpreters are available upon request. Learn more at the Interpreter Services Information page
National Provider Identifier1346328937
Plan AffiliationProviders listed on the Kaiser Permanente Provider Directory are available to most members.
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