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Vikas Rao, MD

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
Primary Address | Office Details
O.C. Neurosurgical Associates
26732 Crown Valley Parkway
Suite 541

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone: (949) 388-7190

Fax: (949) 388-7150

Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • Providence Affiliated Physicians, Mission
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  • Meet The Provider
    Dr. Vikas Rao is a board-certified 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 sons. Read More
    Primary Specialties
    Primary Specialties
    • Neurosurgery
    • Spine Surgery
    Other Specialties
    Other Specialties
    • Brain Aneurysm Embolization
    • Brain Surgery: Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
    • Carotid Angioplasty with Stent Placement
    • Embolization of Vascular Malformations
    • Hydrocephalus and shunt procedures
    • Intracranial Stenting
    • Spine Surgery: Minimally Invasive & Robotic Spine Surgery
    • Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Cyberknife
    • Thrombectomy for StrokeEmbolization for Subdural Hematoma treatm
    • Vascular Neurosurgery: Minimally Invasive Endovascular Procedure
    Board Certifications

    American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

    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
  • Insurance Accepted

    Insurance Accepted

    • Insurance Plan

    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
    • Anthem Blue Cross HMO
    • Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Advantage
    • Blue Shield of CA HMO
    • Blue Shield of CA HMO – Trio
    • Blue Shield of CA Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna HMO
    • Health Net HMO
    • Health Net Medicare Advantage
    • Providence Medicare Advantage
    • SCAN Medicare Advantage
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
    • Vivity by Anthem Blue Cross
  • 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
    (949) 388-7150
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.