Naresh C. Rao, DO, FAOASM

Naresh C. Rao, DO, FAOASM

Specialty: Family Medicine (Primary Care), Sports Medicine
Accepting New Patients
NYC - 30 West 24th Street

30 West 24th Street, 2nd Flr
New York, NY 10010

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About Provider Naresh C. Rao, DO, FAOASM:

Dr. Naresh C. Rao has been selected to serve on Team USA's Medical Team for the Summer Olympics in Paris 2024. He has previously served at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2021 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. Dr. Rao has been a team physician for USA Water Polo for 15 years. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Rao performs trigger point injections, osteopathic manipulative treatment, PRP injections, prolotherapy, regenerative medicine, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound/ultrasound-guided injections, and provides primary care for athletes at all levels.

He founded MAX Sports Health, an innovative digital health education platform that empowers a new generation to lead healthier lives and has been working with government agencies to service underserved schools and community based organizations.

His critically acclaimed book, "Step Up Your Game: The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health," was published in 2016. Touted as a playbook to assemble one's "inner wellness dream team," the book reveals performance secrets used by elite athletes and how to apply them to everyday life. Medical research has investigated its potential to create meaningful lifestyle changes for athletes and patients alike. Dr. Rao is passionate about speaking on this topic and has delivered keynote speeches internationally.

Before relocating to his roots in New York in 2011, Dr. Rao practiced Sports and Wellness Medicine for ten years in San Diego, California. He served as an instructor at the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, and Western University of Health Sciences. Currently, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds clinical faculty positions at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Family Medicine Department.

As the Chairman Emeritus of the New York Athletic Club's Saturday Morning Program, a sports initiative with a history spanning over 128 years, Dr. Rao has contributed significantly to teaching the Olympic tradition to children. He played club water polo at Colgate University, is a competitive tennis player, and completed the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.

Dr. Rao's love for sports permeates his professional and personal life. He dedicates his time to educating children on health and wellness, strongly believing in giving back to the community through philanthropy. Happily married for 23 years, he and his wife have two children and a Maltipoo.

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Languages Spoken: English
Gender: Male

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  • Undergraduate & Graduate
    • Colgate University
  • Medical Education
    • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Board Certifications
    • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
    • American Board of Family Medicine
    • Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine

Rao, Naresh C., Zwibel, Hallie, Berezanskaya, Jenny, Pena, Paul and Jung, Min-Kyung. "A comparative study of the effectiveness of an osteopathic primary care sports medicine led intervention on performance in men???s collegiate lacrosse players" Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, vol. 122, no. 2, 2022, pp. 71-77.

"STEP UP YOUR GAME: The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health." Sports Publishing, February 2nd, 2016.

"Frontiers in Cardiovascular Prevention: CIMT." Integrative Health Review, A Resource from the National University System Center for Integrative Medicine. May 27th, 2010.

"Volleyball." Sports Medicine Secrets, 3rd edition. Rice, Rao, Steele. 2002.

"Football." Principles of Manual Sports Medicine. Parker, Daquino, Rao, Karageanes. 2005.

"A Case-Based Reflective Learning Curriculum in Family Medicine and Pediatrics: An Innovative Strategy to Increase Active Learning in a Managed Care Environment." Grant Sponsored by the Partnership for Quality Education.

"Quality of life improvement in patients undergoing complex lower urinary tract reconstruction for neuropathic bladder dysfunction: An outcomes analysis." PP Reddy, AK Das, NC Rao, S Kim, J Mandell. Surgical Forum, Vol. XLVIll, pp. 628, 1997. British Journal of Urology, Vol. 80, Suppl. 2, Num. 684, 1997.

"Effects of Ibogaine on acute signs of morphine withdrawal in rats: Independence from tremor." SD Glick, K Rossman, NC Rao, IM Maisonneuve, and JN Carlson. Neuropharmacology 1992;31(5):597-500.