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Vikas Rao, MD

Specialty
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
Languages
English
Primary Address | Office Details

26732 Crown Valley Parkway

Suite 541

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone: (949) 388-7190

Fax: (949) 388-7150

Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • Mission Heritage Medical Group
  • Mission Hospital Affiliated Physicians
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  • Meet The Provider
    Biography
    Dr. Vikas Rao is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of vascular disorders of the brain. He is a specialist in the treatment of stroke, brain bleeds, cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), carotid diseases, and the ICU care of neurological patients. In addition to cerebro vascular disease, Dr. Rao has extensive training in the treatment of brain and spine tumors, brain and spine trauma, minimally invasive pituitary and skull base surgery, and minimally invasive and open spine surgery. Dr. Rao also has a special interest in hair-sparing brain surgery and always tries to keep patients looking the same pre and post-op. Dr. Rao was born in Orange County but grew up in Claremont, California. He attended the Webb School before attending the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with honors and double majored in Neurobiology and Psychology. After college he spent two years traveling, volunteering in India, and working in neuroscience laboratories studying functional brain mapping using MRI technology. He then joined the Keck School of Medicine at USC where he continued to focus on the brain and neurological diseases. After USC, Dr. Rao spent 7 years in Houston training at the Baylor College of Medicine / MD Anderson Cancer Center Neurosurgery residency program. In addition to training in brain and spine surgery, Dr. Rao spent time training in cerebral angiography and catheter based neurosurgical interventions during residency. After finishing residency, he completed a fellowship in Endovascular, Surgical, and Critical Care Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at the Drexel Neurosciences Institute in Philadelphia, PA. While there, he trained in the latest treatments for stroke, brain aneurysms, and vascular malformations with pioneers in the field. Dr. Rao lives in Irvine, CA with his wife, an ophthalmologist, and his two young sons. Read More
    Primary Specialties
    Primary Specialties
    • Neurosurgery
    • Spine Surgery
    Other Specialties Associations
    Education
    Education & Training
    • Fellowship
      Drexel Neuroscience Institute - 2016
    • Residency
      Baylor College of Medicine - 2015
    • Internship
      Baylor College of Medicine - 2009
    • Medical School
      USC, Keck School of Medicine - 2008
 
  • Primary Location

O.C. Neurosurgical Associates

  • Address
    26732 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 541,
    Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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  • Phone
    (949) 388-7190
    Fax
    (949) 388-7150
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.