Suman B. Rao

Suman B. Rao, MD, is an Attending Physician at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Rao is a member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology.

Dr. Rao received her MD from Gandhi Medical College Bhopal and her PG Diploma in Dermatology from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. She completed her internship, residency, and chief residency in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL. She then competed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Research Interests

Dr. Rao's research interests include

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Hematology
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma

Selected Research

Dr. Suman B. Rao and colleagues recently demonstrated that in patients with metastatic breast cancer receiving chemotherapy or endocrine therapy, circulating tumor cell (CTC) results are correlated with disease progression. This research supports the role of CTC enumeration as an adjunct in monitoring patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Dr. Rao and colleagues also recently published an article in The Breast Journal about the influence of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on mastectomy in the community setting. In this research, they conducted a retrospective study to examine whether the use of MRI led to an increased number of unnecessary mastectomies in 178 breast cancer patients. The addition of MRI evaluation to mammography in patients with breast cancer was found to be related to an increase in unnecessary mastectomies (Ayoola A, Alagarsamy S, Jaboin J, Rao S. Increase in mastectomies performed in patients in the community setting undergoing MRI. Breast J. 2011;17:256-9).

View Dr. Rao's publications on PubMed

  • Research Areas
  • Oncology