Ashwin Rao, MD, CAQSM
Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Phone: (206) 598-3294
e-mail: ashwin@uw.edu


Biographical Profile

Dr. Rao is board-certified in family medicine, with a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rao completed his residency training in family medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. He currently assumes the role of associate professor in UW’s department of family medicine. He is the program director of the University of Washington’s Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Rao sees patients at the UW Sports Medicine Clinic at Husky Stadium and the UWNC Northgate Clinic.

Dr. Rao serves as a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He serves as the chair of the University of Washington ’s Sports Medicine Grand Rounds. He also serves on the Research Committee and Program Planning Committee of AMSSM and is a recent chief moderator of the AMSSM Annual Meeting. Recently, he was elected to the AMSSM's Board of Directors and serves as a co-chair of the AMSSM's Education Committee.

Dr. Rao has been honored as a "Top Doctor" by Seattle Met magazine and has won the UW Cares Award and UW's PRAISE award for patient satisfication for his work in patient care. His academic interests include primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes, mental well being in athletes, and medical student and resident education and mentorship. Dr. Rao's clinical interests include ultrasound guided procedures, platelet rich plasma (PRP), TenexFAST procedure (percutaneous tenotomy), selective neurolysis and hydrodissection, management of chronic tendinopathy, fracture evaluation and management, concussion evaluation and management, and comprehensive wellness care for the recreational and professional athlete.


Teaching Interests & Roles

Program Director, University of Washington Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Sports Medicine Curriculum Coordinator

Team Physician, Seattle Seahawks

Team Physician, UW Husky Athletes

Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Research, Fellowship, Education and Program Planning Committee

Co-Chair, AMSSM Education Committee

Member, AMSSM Board of Directors

Education & Training

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Degree or Credential

 

Year

University of Washington Sports Medicine Fellowship Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine 2008
University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Board Certification - Family Medicine 2006
Case Western Reserve University Doctor of Medicine 2003
Swarthmore College Bachelor of Arts 1999

Published Articles

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Journal

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Incidence and Etiology of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death in High School Athletes in the United States. Harmon KG, Asif IM, Maleszewski JJ, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Zigman ML, Ellenbogen R, Rao AL, Ackerman MJ, Drezner JA Mayo Clin. Proc. 2016
Evaluation and Management of Athletes With Long QT Syndrome. Gomez AT, Prutkin JM, Rao AL Sports Health
Adventure and Extreme Sports. Gomez AT, Rao A Med. Clin. North Am. 2016
Death by homicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes between 2003 and 2013. Rao AL, Poon S, Drezner JA, Zigman M, Asif IM, Harmon KG Br J Sports Med 2016
Understanding depression and suicide in college athletes: emerging concepts and future directions. Rao AL, Hong ES Br J Sports Med 2016
The impact of diagnosis: measuring the psychological response to being diagnosed with serious or potentially lethal cardiac disease in young competitive athletes. Asif IM, Price DE, Ewing A, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2016
Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletes: A 9-Year Analysis of the NCAA Resolutions Database. Rao AL, Asif IM, Drezner JA, Toresdahl BG, Harmon KG Sports Health
Incidence, Cause, and Comparative Frequency of Sudden Cardiac Death in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes: A Decade in Review. Harmon KG, Asif IM, Maleszewski JJ, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Zigman ML, Ellenbogen R, Rao AL, Ackerman MJ, Drezner JA Circulation 2015
Stages of psychological impact after diagnosis with serious or potentially lethal cardiac disease in young competitive athletes: a new model. Asif IM, Price D, Fisher LA, Zakrajsek RA, Larsen LK, Raabe JJ, Bejar MP, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Drezner JA J Electrocardiol
The Psychological Impact of Cardiovascular Screening in Young Athletes: Perspectives Across Age, Race, and Gender. Asif IM, Price D, Harmon KG, Salerno JC, Rao AL, Drezner JA Clin J Sport Med 2015
Evaluation and management of wolff-Parkinson-white in athletes. Rao AL, Salerno JC, Asif IM, Drezner JA Sports Health 2014
Cardiovascular screening in adolescents and young adults: a prospective study comparing the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Monograph 4th Edition and ECG. Fudge J, Harmon KG, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Asif IM, Haruta A, Pelto H, Rao AL, Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2014
The psychological impact of cardiovascular screening: the athlete's perspective. Asif IM, Johnson S, Schmieg J, Smith T, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Salerno JC, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2014
Incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in high school student athletes on school campus. Toresdahl BG, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Drezner JA Heart Rhythm 2014
The use of platelet-rich plasma in the nonsurgical management of sports injuries: hype or hope? Harmon KG, Rao AL Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program 2013
Outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest in US high schools: a 2-year prospective study from the National Registry for AED Use in Sports. Drezner JA, Toresdahl BG, Rao AL, Huszti E, Harmon KG Br J Sports Med 2013
Accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: the impact of using standised ECG criteria. Drezner JA, Asif IM, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Fean R, Rao AL, Stout K, Harmon KG Br J Sports Med 2012
Expert opinion and controversies in musculoskeletal and sports medicine: preventing sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Rao AL, Standaert CJ, Drezner JA, Herring SA Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2010
Effectiveness of emergency response planning for sudden cardiac arrest in United States high schools with automated external defibrillators. Drezner JA, Rao AL, Heistand J, Bloomingdale MK, Harmon KG Circulation 2009
PDA usage and training: targeting curriculum for residents and faculty. Morris CG, Church L, Vincent C, Rao A Fam Med 2007