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Samir S. Rao, MD

94% Patient Satisfaction based on 254 ratings

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4.70
Based on 254 ratings
5 stars (197)
77.6%
4 stars (43)
16.9%
3 stars (10)
3.9%
2 stars (4)
1.6%
1 star (0)
0.0%
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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 (150)

Breast Reconstruction

Surgery results better than expected.

Tummy Tuck

The procedure was explained in detail including recovery and step by step instruction for medications.

Breast Implant Revision

Staff is friendly and knowledgeable - very professional - Dr. Rao is amazing and always has numerous options for the best outcome.

Breast Reconstruction

Everyone I encountered was a first class professional! This is rare for an office.

Tummy Tuck

Professional staff and caring as well.

Breast Reconstruction

I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my surgeon recommended Dr. Rao to do the reconstruction work. I am someone who would never have visited a plastic surgeon without this issue and on top of a very traumatic diagnosis during COVID was not in a very good frame of mind. I can't say this emphatically enough that everyone on your team from the front desk staff to Laramie and the nurses on the team like Lindsey were all very kind and supportive through the process and their level of customer service really beats that of most other doctor's offices I have been in this fall which given the cancer diagnosis has been many. I was impressed with the manual I got and the pre-education and coaching so I knew what to expect and how best to heal.... all of that stuff really put me in a better frame of mind and I felt more in control of my own healing. Doctor Rao and his team have really have really exceeded my expectations. I want to admit that one my first visit still reeling from my diagnosis, I wasn't all that keen on Dr. Rao. Not because he wasn't nice or professional but because his focus seemed to be on the end result and I was still in a very raw place and grieving over being about to lose one if not 2 perfectly good breasts. I realize now that he was just trying to reassure me that in the end he was going to make me look good but I wasn't there yet. I am just saying this not as criticism as I am not sure in his place that I would have done anything differently but I wanted to say this more so he and others in the office have some insight in to where other cancer patients heads might be. Sincerely I have had many moments over the last few months where I have given thanks for Dr. Rao and have wanted to send a "thank you note" but this survey came first. As I have healed, even with the expanders in place can see now what good work he has done already and I feel more normal than I expected to and look better than I imagined. I will be ready to get these expanders out for sure!! But in the interim I can look at myself in the mirror with out shock and horror and I feel good about myself. I really am thankful for Dr. Rao's excellent work. I want to also thank dear Laramie who when she knew I was having a rough time, surprised me with a gift certificate for facial. That small act of kindness made me so good at a time when I was on an emotional roller coaster. Again another example of the stellar customer service of your team.

Fat Transfer

Very Satisfied! The nursing staff in Chevy Chase was wonderful and Dr. Rao did a great job!

Breast Reconstruction

Entire staff is knowledgeable, professional and friendly!

Breast Augmentation

Dr. Rao was very competent and personable, and clearly explained my options for the procedure and his recommendation based on the latest science. Dr. Rao and the nurses were very patient and informative when I was deciding the size that I wanted to get. I am 100% satisfied with the end result and I wish I would have had the procedure sooner.

Breast Augmentation

Dr. Rao is AMAZING. After finding out I had breast cancer, Dr. Rao was the surgeon that was part of my double mastectomy. His part was to put in the expanders and stitch me up cosmetically so I looked good afterwards. I was so impressed with the results after just the first stage of surgery. I wasn't expecting to look that "good" after getting my breasts removed! He was very professional and made me feel great knowing he could help make me look "normal". After a few months, it was time for him to swap out the expanders and put in the implants. They looked amazing! I didn't think I could look that good after getting my breasts cut off! Then I decided to get a tummy tuck at the same time when he swapped out my expanders and put in the breast implants. I had lost a lot of weight in the past 12 months and he was able to get rid of all the extra skin and fat and now I have perky boobs and flat stomach! He is amazing and I would recommend him 100%. Also - I found out about him through my breast cancer surgeon who told me if she ever had to get breast augmentation she would go to him! He is GREAT!

Breast Reduction

Dr. Rao was nice and his staff was great.

Breast Reconstruction

Overall the surgery seemed to go fine, but my recovery (need for drainage) went way beyond normal, and there was a bleeding event in the middle, too. Not sure what to make of that.

Earlobe Repair

Everyone in the office was extremely friendly and professional! The doctors and nurses were very informative and very willing to answer questions.

Breast Reduction

The office staff is very pleasant and helpful always ready to help. Consult went well.

Neck Lift

My neck and face look young again. [Single best thing is...] Have a side profile again.

Breast Augmentation

Very thorough and kind

Breast Reconstruction

I don't believe the surgery was successful... because at the time, the cause of the issue had not been determined.

Breast Implant Revision

All were very professional along with being very kind. I feel much better about the outcome of this surgery than the first reconstruction surgery.

Fat Transfer

The best thing about the treatment results is that the shape of my breast is looking more "normal". Dr. Rao and his team were very thorough and made me feel comfortable the entire time.

Breast Implant Revision

I had a lot of complications and Dr. Rao was on top of it and very responsive and attentive. I still have a great result despite the problems.