Vamshi Kodipelli Rao

  • 191 Citations
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Research Interests

My clinical interests are in pediatric neuromuscular disorders that include, but are not limited to, spinal muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia and neuropathy. Running collaborative clinical trials and identifying biomarkers with good reliability and validity characteristics has been a primary focus.

Evolving the field of neuromuscular education at all levels of training, including pediatrics, neurology and neuromuscular medicine. Medical student understanding of non medical barriers to medical care and social determinants of health.

Developing natural history databases and bio-banking initiatives for pediatric neuromuscular medicine.

Training Experience

2009Internship, Stroger Cook County Hospital
2013Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois)
2014Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois)

Education/Academic qualification

MS, University of Tennessee

… → 2003

MBBS, B.J. Medical College

… → 2000


  • EMG
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Research Output 2004 2018

Friedreich Ataxia
Nonsense Codon
Point Mutation

Myasthenia gravis

Bharucha-Goebel, D., Cirillo, M. & Rao, VK., 2018, 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Cabana, MD. (ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, p. 616-617

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Weakness in the ICU

Rao, VK. & Hong, SJ., 2018, The PICU Handbook. Rozenfeld, RA. (ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill, p. 319

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Pediatric Neurology: Specialty Review and Self-Assessment (StatPearls Review Series Book 181)

Rao, V., Xixis, K. & Manganaro, S., 2017, USA: StatPearls Publishing LLC. 1200 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook