Education & Training

Medical School

University of Kashmir


Pathology, Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology

  • University of Kansas Medical Center-Kansas City



  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


American Board of Pathology/Anatomic & Clinical


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Academic Information

Director, Gastrointestinal Pathology
Director, Pathology Residency Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
Department Diversity Ambassador

Research Profile

The main focus of my research deals with various aspects of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal, pancreatobiliary and hepatic pathology, and pathology informatics. 

Research Interests

  • Pathology with clinical correlations of gastrointestinal tumors
  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
  • Liver pathology
  • Appendiceal mucinous neoplasms
  • Barrett’s esophagus and IBD related dysplasia
  • Molecular markers of gastrointestinal tumors
  • Pathology Informatics

Areas of Expertise

  • Pathologic diagnosis and classification of gastrointestinal tumors, both adult and pediatric
  • Pathological diagnosis of non-neoplastic gastrointestinal diseases in biopsy and surgical specimens
  • Pathological diagnosis of medical liver and transplant liver pathology
  • Pathologic diagnosis and classification of liver tumors
  • Pathological diagnosis of pancreatobiliary tumors

Awards & Honors

  • ASCP subspecialty grant award – 2016
  • USCAP Ambassador 2016- 2018
  • ASCP resident representative – 2015-2016
  • University of Kansas Pathology Research Forum Award - 2016
  • Dr. Ivan Damjanov Outstanding Resident Researcher Award – 2015
  • Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Mcfee Outstanding Researcher Award – 2013
  • Graduate Assistance Fellowship Scholarship Award, UMKC Women’s Council – 2013



  • Yarlagadda DV, Rao P, RaoD - MitosisNet: A Deep Learning Network for Mitosis Detection in Breast Cancer Histopathology Images. In the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI 2017), Orlando, FL, 2017 (In Press).
  • Rao D, Kimler BF, Nothnick WB, Davis MK, Fan F, Tawfik O.Transgelin : a potentially useful diagnostic marker differentially expressed in triple-negative and non-triple-negative breast cancers.Hum Pathol. 2015 Jun;46(6):876-83. Epub 2015 Mar 10. PMID: 25841305
  • Rao D, Nothnick W, Graham A, Fan F, Tawfik O; Transgelin, a Novel Marker That Effectively Distinguishes Endometrial Stromal Tumors from Uterine Smooth Muscle Tumors; The United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology 2014 Annual Meeting, Mod Pathol 27: 304; doi:10.1038/modpathol.2014.15.
  • Katib A, Rao D, Rao PR, Williams KB, Grant J, A Prototype of a Low-Cost Cell Phone Application for Tracking the Vaccination Coverage of Children in Rural Communities; Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine; September 2015; CMPB-D-15-00111R1
  • Rao D, Kimler BF, Nothnick WB, Davis MK, Fan F, Tawfik O.Transgelin : a potentially useful diagnostic marker differentially expressed in triple-negative and non-triple-negative breast cancers.
  • Hum Pathol. 2015 Jun;46(6):876-83. Epub 2015 Mar 10. PMID: 25841305
  • Powers B, Persons D, Rao D, Woodroof J, Lin TL. High-Risk Microgranular Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia with a Five-Way Complex Translocation Involving PML-RARA.Case Rep Hematol. 2015;2015:343854. Epub 2015 Jan 26. PMID: 25692052
  • Sinh P, Gupta N, Rao DS, Wani S, Sharma P, Bansal A, Allen J, Ketover SR, Rastogi A. Community gastroenterologists can learn diminutive colon polyp histology characterization with narrow band imaging by a computer-based teaching module. Dig Endosc. 2015 Mar;27(3):374-80. Epub 2014 Dec 8. PMID: 25382541
  • Chalifoux SL, Rao DS, Wani SB, Sharma P, Bansal A, Gupta N, Rastogi A. Trainee participation and adenoma detection rates during screening colonoscopies. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2014 Jul;48(6):524-9. PMID: 24440932

  • Rastogi A, Rao DS, Gupta N, Grisolano SW, Buckles DC, Sidorenko E, Bonino J, Matsuda T, Dekker E, Kaltenbach T, Singh R, Wani S, Sharma P, Olyaee MS, Bansal A, East JE. Impact of a computer-based teaching module on characterization of diminutive colon polyps by using narrow-band imaging by non-experts in academic and community practice: a video-based study. Gastrointest Endosc. 2014 Mar;79(3):390-8. Epub 2013 Sep 8.PMID: 24021492

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