Sports Medicine at Chelsea

22 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010, USA


(212) 366-5100(212) 366-5100

Dr. Naresh Rao, DO

Sports Medicine Doctor

New York, NY


In-network insurances:

1199 SEIU Funds, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, GWH-Cigna, Medicare, Multiplan, Oxford, United Healthcare

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Voro score

87% recommended

504 out of 577 patients recommend this doctor after their visit.

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4.8(576)

Approach

Dr. Naresh Rao is a board-certified Family Medicine / Sports Medicine physician. He practiced Sports Medicine for 10 years in San Diego before relocating to New York. He was faculty at the UCSD, SDSU, and Western University of Health Sciences and is currently faculty at NYU School of Medicine. He completed residency training at Mount Sinai in Family Medicine and fellowship training at North Shore/LIJ Plainview Hospital in Sports Medicine. Dr. Rao currently serves as head team physician for Men's USA Water Polo. His love of sports manifests itself in competitive tennis and he completed the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon and played water polo at Colgate University. He is happily married to his wife of 14 years and has two children.

Biography

Educations

Colgate University, BA, 1993
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 1997

Certifications

Family Medicine, Family Medicine - Sports Medicine

Trainings

UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2001 (residency)
San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center, 2003 (certificate)

Wait time

Patients typically are seen right away.

Bedside manner

Patients say this doctor has excellent bedside manner.

Reviews (577)
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How was your experience with the doctor?Very helpful and professional doctor. I highly recommend.
Davide V.Nov 21
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao was absolutely fantastic!! He couldn’t have been more attentive, knowledgeable and polite. He listened to all of my concerns and was very thorough in his responses. He’s what every doctor should be and I’m so glad I found him. The front desk staff was also so pleasant and personable. Highly recommend!
Dawn B.Nov 4
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How was your experience with the doctor?I've been to this office several time and have never had to wait long to be seen. Dr Rao always takes his time with me and the office staff is very friendly.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr.Rao was amazing! He explained the information well and was super friendly!! The front desk staff was also super nice!
Erin K.Oct 18
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao never makes me feel rushed. I can ask any & all questions without feeling stupid, or like a hypochondriac, and he takes my needs & concerns seriously in all of his evaluations and referrals.
Alfred B.Oct 10
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How was your experience with the doctor?Outstanding, the best
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How was your experience with the doctor?Terrific bedside manner. Thoughtful and efficient and reassuring.
Tudor P.Aug 12
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao identified the root cause of my spine problems and was clear about options for treatment, pros/cons, etc. I'm thankful for his expertise.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Best doctor. Attentive. Inquisitive. Smart. Non judgemental. Very good. Kind as well. Great facility and staff as well.
Eray A.Jul 12
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How was your experience with the doctor?Went for annual physical. Amazing Doctor! Very courteous and kind! Will go back again and would recommend to anyone.
Evgeny B.Jul 12
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How was your experience with the doctor?Highly recommend osteopathic treatment vs chiropractic, much softer, less intrusive, no paid. Dr. Naresh Rao - have allreuired knowledge if you have any issues with muscle spasm.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr Rao has treated me before and continues to be a well rounded professional. Knowledgeable, approachable, and sociable. Always a pleasure to visit despite the physical pain I’m likely feeling walking into the office. Highly recommend him.
Celso L.Feb 12
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How was your experience with the doctor?His assistant was excellent and Dr. Rao was extremely helpful
Rose V.Sep 10
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr Naresh great as always. Very caring and knowledgeable
Deana B.Jul 10
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How was your experience with the doctor?Great, caring doctor and staff. I never have to wait and the staff and doctors always make me feel welcome and cared for.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao has some of the best bedside manner I've ever seen from a doctor. He's patient, understanding, and very informative when diagnosing. I went in with a knee issue, and not only did he quickly tell me what was going on, but he even showed me an actual replica of the knee to actually show me what was going on. Highly recommend seeing him for any sports injuries or injuries related to exercise. He also is very quick to take you in close to your appointment time. I was in and out of the appointment in 15 minutes.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Helpful staff, timely appointment, informative visit. No complaints
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao treats your whole self, not just your symptoms. He's equal parts empathetic, knowledgeable and savvy. While healthcare in this country still has great strides to make, Dr. Rao and his team are doing their best to lead the way on what modern medicine should be like.
Vern T.Feb 20
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao is excellent! He is extremely knowledgeable and empathetic. He is always willing to speak in great detail to illustrate a full picture of your health and your progress.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Very professional and caring.
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How was your experience with the doctor?My favorite doctor to see in NYC.
Dion M.Dec 14
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How was your experience with the doctor?I like Dr. Rao. He diagnosed my injury rather quickly and now we're on to the next phase -- making sure the diagnosis is correct via MRI. Then I assume we proceed with treatment when we know the exact nature of the injury.
AnonymousNov 15
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How was your experience with the doctor?I did not like that I spent 15 minutes with a medical student and less than 5 minutes with Dr. Rao. He should have been in the room the entire time. I also didn’t feel like he gave a thorough examination. If you want to use me as a teaching lesson, I shouldn’t have to pay a co-pay.
L CNov 7
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Nareshr Rao was accurate and gave me some solutions on what to do He was also kind and understanding did not feel rushed at all. Thank you Dr. Naresh Rao I had a very good experience.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao is friendly and easygoing, competent, and explains procedures and diagnoses well.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao was very helpful in my visit. Genuinely nice guy. Very easy to talk to, was in and out within 30 min. Referred me to a specialist I needed and was able to get an appointment with them within a week. Highly recommend.
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How was your experience with the doctor?He was patient in hearing my concerns and then very detailed in describing the treatment that he would try for my condition. Now I am quite hopeful that i will fully recover.
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How was your experience with the doctor?I visited Dr. Rao for an elbow injury and the experience was great - I was seen right away, he listened carefully to my explanation of the injury, gave me a diagnosis, and explained in detail what to watch for if my injury worsens. He has a friendly, professional personality and I would recommend him!
Gail W.Aug 10
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao is extremely personable and professional. He treats all his patients with respect and listens before thoughtfully responding with a diagnosis or suggestion to do additional tests or treatments. He is never rash, he's an athlete too, and he is knowledgeable. I have been going to Dr. Rao on an off for the last 7 years and I can't recommend him enough. His office is also always super clean and his staff friendly and helpful.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Listen to all of your concerns and questions. Does not rush you to leave his office . Sort of ,makes you forget you are his patient. Super personal.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Great doc
Debora B.Jul 27
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How was your experience with the doctor?I was treated for PRP in my hip (11 injections). Doctor Rao was extremely professional clarifying any questions before hand. He made it clear that the procedure and injections were going to be done whenever I was ready. He was very calm and communicated well with me at every step of the way. I will return in 3 weeks and hopefully this PRP session will address my chronic hip pain. Considering what this procedure entails, my experience was excellent.
Trish KJul 26
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao is prompt, polite, caring, very knowledgeable of competitive sports needs, and always concerned with my kids - the teenage patients with sports injuries. He works with what's happening in their body and mixes that with our goals to getting better and stronger, and consistently talks to PT to update and change their program to take them to the next level.
Olivia W.Jul 17
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How was your experience with the doctor?Wasn't sure if he was the best doctor for my specific concern and referred me to the correct specialist. Awesome doctor.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Nice and extremely competent doctor who listens to you and will take time to explain things to you. Great staff overall. Highly recommended!
John T.Jul 3
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How was your experience with the doctor?Very professional, patient and knowledgeable
Marisa D.Jun 14
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao is great! I have seen him multiple times for chronic neck pain issues. He is so friendly and welcoming and always squeezes me in when I need a last minute appointment. The staff at Sports Medicine is great as well.
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How was your experience with the doctor?He was very thorough and interested in my physical condition and also had some very instructive strategies for physical therapy and beyond.
Kyle C.May 17
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao was friendly and accommodating. I came a little unprepared with my travel information and we went through the CDC websites and got my old immunization records together. He was patient, kind and has a good sense of humor – everything you need to have a pleasant visit to the doctor.
Rachel R.May 15
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How was your experience with the doctor?The whole experience was excellent. All my questions were answered, and they were able to get me in less than an hour later to begin physical therapy right on site. Everyone was kind, knowledgeable, and professional, and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.
Elyssa WApr 21
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How was your experience with the doctor?He is a fantastic doctor. Very personable, makes you feel comfortable and confident that your health is under control.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao is thorough, attentive and professional. He makes you feel like a person not an insurance holder. I have Hashimoto's that is well controlled when looking at my labs, but still leaves me feeling sluggish and unwell. Dr. Rao looks at health holistically, and works to improve your quality of life not just critical health issues. For people who want to live optimally, I really can't recommend him enough.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Incredible doctor
Kim M.Feb 22
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How was your experience with the doctor?It was a very nice visit.. I was given pricing information beforehand, treated quickly, had all my questions answered. The fellow, assistant, and Dr Naresh Rao were all very helpful.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Amazing - so happy with my care. very attentive to my health needs and goals especially given my athletic pursuits.
Megan A.Jan 31
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao was professional, answered all my concerns and there is NO wait time in this office
AnonymousNov 13
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How was your experience with the doctor?Every time I visit Dr Rao he actively listens to what I saw and do not say, with intuition and a feeling he embraces medical practice.
Alana C.Nov 10
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Rao took the time to explain my ailment and answer all my questions. His solution was prudent and appropriate.
julian L.Oct 25
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How was your experience with the doctor?Great bedside manner, clear diagnosis and treatment