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Samir S. Rao, MD

94% Patient Satisfaction based on 210 ratings

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About Samir S. Rao:

Dr. Samir Rao is one of the talented plastic surgeons at Center for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rao has a keen eye for aesthetic detail and surgical precision that define him as a plastic surgeon. Skilled in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, he has special interests in autologous and prosthetic breast reconstruction, lower extremity reconstruction, and body contouring surgery. Dr. Rao also brings to the Center for Plastic Surgery a number of newer cosmetic procedures, including Brazilian butt lift and feminine rejuvenation surgeries.

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Rao graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester. He attended medical school at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where he graduated with distinction and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, a distinction reserved for the top of a medical school class. Dr. Rao then completed an additional six years of training at Georgetown University Hospital's Plastic Surgery Residency Program, which is considered by many as one of the elite plastic surgery training programs in the country. During this time, he also completed training in both basic and advanced microsurgical techniques at The Curtis National Hand Center Microsurgical Training Program.

Dr. Rao has also been chosen as peer reviewer for the journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Additionally, he has served as a volunteer plastic surgeon for Ecuadent, a non-profit group providing much needed cleft lip and palate repair as well as reconstructive surgery for congenital hand and foot abnormalities for children in Ecuador.

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5550 Friendship Blvd #130 Chevy Chase, MD 20815

3299 Woodburn Road #490 Annandale, VA 22003

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Samir S. Rao, MD Reviews (120)

Face Lift

The doctor did explain the procedures in detail

Mommy Makeover

The staff made me feel very comfortable. Dr. Rao was very very honest in his evaluation.


Dr. Rai is professional, understanding and I have complete confidence in his abilities!

Nipple Reconstruction

Dr. Rao and his staff were extremely helpful and made the procedure very easy to go through. [Single best thing is...] After beast cancer, my breasts are starting to look normal again.

Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Rao is highly skilled and has the best bedside manners. He assured me I would come out of my mastectomy looking amazing and he delivered. He is thorough and confident. I had full faith and confidence in Dr. Rao going into mastectomy and reconstruction. He made me feel at ease and answered all my questions. My breast surgeon and Gynecology oncologist both had a very high opinion of Dr. Rao. In addition,the office staff and nurses are amazing. If you are looking for a doctor to perform reconstruction Dr. Rao is your doctor, you will not regret the decision.

Breast Implant Revision

Quick to schedule, confident in my surgeon, no drains!

Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Rao took a less invasive approach to my revision reconstruction, not needing to liposuction from my abdominal area making my recovery less painful. Plus, my left breast looks very similar to the right one. The Glen Echo surgical and nursing team was top notch especially the anesthesiologist. [Single best thing is...] I did not have a hangover from the anesthesia nor continuous pain during my recovery.

Autologous / Flap Reconstruction

I believe that the two doctors performed very well. Whereas a large portion of the DIEP flap Community bemoans the presence of "dog ears", I have none. Many folks have abdominal scars that are too high, mine is exactly where it should be. The doctors were there when I needed them.... via email, text, and telephone.

Breast Reconstruction

There was a very good match between the breast with the implant (following mastectomy) and the other breast. I had minimal pain after the surgery. Incision site is pretty much hidden by the fold of the breast and healed very well. My chest looks about the same as it did before the mastectomy and reconstruction.

Breast Reconstruction

Dr. RAO is always very professional and comforting. The staff & doctor are great.

Breast Reconstruction

Along with being an incredibly skilled surgeon, Dr. Rao was very empathetic and kind. Could not ask for a better experience in a very scary, emotional situation. Basically, results are as explained/expected, happily so.

Breast Reconstruction

Everyone from front office staff to nurses to doctor was very welcoming, professional, knowledgeable, attentive and caring.

Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Rao was so friendly and open about the procedure. I was very nervous but he put me at ease and made everything comfortable. Dr. Rao and his staff were always available for any questions I had and gave me great insights and information when I needed it.

Breast Reconstruction

My treatment results were really nice. Rao kept me informed about every step of the process. He also advocated for a bigger room when my initial intake was performed in a cramped space which was less than ideal for his pre-surgical review.

Breast Reconstruction

I recovered at a good pace and my expectations were well managed. I was pleasantly surprised by retaining more sensation than I expected.

Breast Reconstruction

Over the past year I have had 4 surgeries with Dr. Rao, and each time he has done an excellent job. I have been very happy with the results and have had a smooth recovery process. I find him to be a very technically competent plastic surgeon. I wanted to have smaller breasts through the reconstruction process and that's exactly what I got. My breasts now fit my overall body shape much better. The smaller breasts helped me to lose an excess 50 lbs so I am in my best shape now.

Breast Implant Revision

Wonderful, caring, kind staff and doctor. The majority of the experience. Friendly, patient team.

Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Rao is a talented surgeon, and I was impressed by the entire experienced. My results went beyond my expectations. He is so down-to earth. He listened to every question, and took the time to answer them fully and assuage any concerns I had. Also, I traveled from the midwest because of Dr. Rao's reputation--and he came recommended by my dermatologist. I had my pre- and post-surgical visits at his office in Chevy Chase, MD and my surgery in Annandale, VA. His assistant, Laramie, is AMAZING. She is so responsive and kind -- she immediately puts you at ease. In addition, the surgical team immediately put me at ease. I would recommend anyone considering cosmetic surgery to see Dr. Rao. Also, his pricing is very competitive, and his office is pristine.

Breast Reconstruction

Dr Rao's expertise coupled with his kind listening skills were key to a great outcome. We were pleased with Dr Rao's knowledge, professionalism, perfectionism, and overall desire to provide the absolute best outcome with a reconstructive surgery.

Breast Reconstruction

They showed compassion. The appointments were on time. The surgery went very well. The staff were great to work with. They worked well with my cancer surgeon.