Dr. Suman Bannur Rao, MD

Dr. Suman Bannur Rao, MD

Dr. Suman Bannur Rao, MD

Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu
Fax: (443) 777-8093

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Specialties
  • Medical Oncology
Conditions I Treat
  • abdominal cancer
  • cancer
  • cancer during pregnancy
  • cancer genomics
  • cancer pain
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Procedures I Perform
  • adjuvant chemotherapy
  • biological targeted therapy
  • cancer chemotherapy
  • chemoradiation
  • early detection of cancer
About the Provider

Suman B. Rao, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in hematology and medical oncology as well as internal medicine. Dr. Rao is the director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

Fellowship-trained, Dr. Rao is experienced in treating lung and breast cancer. Her clinical interests include lung cancer and breast diseases. A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Rao is a strong proponent of clinical trials and encourages eligible patients to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in such trials at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

She was the PI for the study for Keytruda that included patients around the world. She co-authored the New England Journal of Medicine study which resulted in Keytruda being approved for the first line of lung cancer.

She also  serves as the Tumor Board Coordinator for MedStar Health Cancer Network and physician liaison of the Quality Oncology Program Improvement (QOPI).

Dr. Rao is fluent in Hindi as well as English. When she is not practicing medicine, Dr. Rao enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with her children.She is passionate about  educating all children and to this end serves as co chair for the Medical Staff Scholarship fund which provides scholarships to children of the Medical staff at Medstar Franklin Square.

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Education
  • Fellowship Program: UTSW (1999)
  • Residency Program: St. Francis Hospital (1996)
  • Internship Program: St. Francis Hospital (1993)
  • Internship Program: Gandhi Medical College (1988)
  • Medical School: Gandhi Medical College Osmania University (1986)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology
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