Faculty Profile

Vijaya Rao
Section of Gastroenterology
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730

Academic Interests

Dr. Rao cares for patients with a variety of digestive diseases, with a particular interest in Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening, and women’s health issues within gastroenterology. Her research interests include the ethical implications of invasive procedures as well as clinical trials. She is particularly interested in the appropriate utilization of endoscopic procedures and as well the implementation of an ethics curriculum within gastroenterology fellowships. Dr. Rao also serves as the director of student and resident rotations for the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition.

Clinical Interests



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  • MD, 2011, Loyola University Chicago, Medicine
  • Residency, 2014, Loyola University Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • Chief Fellow, 2016, The University of Chicago, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Fellowship, 2017, The Maclean Center, University of Chicago, Medical Ethics
  • Fellowship, 2017, The University of Chicago, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition