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P. Kumar Rao, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Specialty Areas

Retina
Ophthalmology, Retina
Ocular Oncology
Diabetic Retinopathy
Uveitis

Board Certifications

Ophthalmology

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Referral Information

Referred by Self or Referring Physician

Areas of Clinical Interest

Diabetic retinopathy, macular surgery, macular holes, macular pucker, age-related macular degeneration, vitreous substitutes, retinal detachments, uveitis, uveal melanomas

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Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

Barnes-Jewish Center for Outpatient Health

4901 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

Floor: 6
Office Phone: 314-362-EYES
Fax: 314-362-3725

Center for Advanced Medicine - South County

5201 Midamerica Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63129

Suite: 2500
Office Phone: 314-273-0020
Fax: 314-842-2316

Education

Education

Fellowship: Ophthalmic Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri 2002
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri 2001
Chief Resident: Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1999
Residency: Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1999
Medical Degree: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 1995
B.A.: Biology, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, California 1991

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Nystagmus and Platinum Hair.
Abalem MF, Rao PK, Rao RC
JAMA. 2018 Jan 23; 319(4)399-400. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.20673.

PMID:
    29362773
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Extramedullary Relapse of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Presenting as a Large Serous Retinal Detachment.
Green W, Rao PK, Harocopos GJ
Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2017 Jul; 3(2)95-100. doi: 10.1159/000450858.

PMID:
    28868277
    [PubMed]
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MRI-based treatment planning and dose delivery verification for intraocular melanoma brachytherapy.
Zoberi JE, Garcia-Ramirez J, Hedrick S, Rodriguez V, Bertelsman CG, Mackey S, Hu Y, Gach HM, Rao PK, Grigsby PW
Brachytherapy. 2018 Jan - Feb; 17(1)31-39. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2017.07.011.

PMID:
    28818442
    [PubMed - in process]
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Morphological assessment of the retina in uveitis.
Altaweel MM, Gangaputra SS, Thorne JE, Dunn JP, Elner SG, Jaffe GJ, Kim RY, Rao PK, Reed SB, Kempen JH, MUST Research Group.
J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2016 Dec; 6(1)33. doi: 10.1186/s12348-016-0103-2.

PMID:
    27613274
    [PubMed]
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Impaired autophagy in macrophages promotes inflammatory eye disease.
Santeford A, Wiley LA, Park S, Bamba S, Nakamura R, Gdoura A, Ferguson TA, Rao PK, Guan JL, Saitoh T, Akira S, Xavier R, Virgin HW 4th, Apte RS
Autophagy. 2016 Oct 2; 12(10)1876-1885.

PMID:
    27463423
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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A brushfire in the eye.
Khan M, Rao PK, Rao RC
BMJ. 2016 Jun 30; 353i3075. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i3075.

PMID:
    27363427
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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A case of recurrent bilateral uveitis independently associated with dabrafenib and pembrolizumab therapy.
Taylor SC, Hrisomalos F, Linette GP, Rao PK
Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2016 Jul; 223-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2016.04.004.

PMID:
    29503892
    [PubMed]
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Angiographic Cystoid Macular Edema and Outcomes in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials.
Shah N, Maguire MG, Martin DF, Shaffer J, Ying GS, Grunwald JE, Toth CA, Jaffe GJ, Daniel E, Comparison of Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials Research Group.
Ophthalmology. 2016 Apr; 123(4)858-64. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.11.030.

PMID:
    26778329
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Dissociations of the Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial and Follow-up Study.
Holbrook JT, Sugar EA, Burke AE, Vitale AT, Thorne JE, Davis JL, Jabs DA, Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group.
Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Apr; 16429-36. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2015.12.028.

PMID:
    26748056
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Association of Statin Use with Cataract Progression and Cataract Surgery: The AREDS2 Report Number 8.
AREDS2 Research Group., Al-Holou SN, Tucker WR, Agrón E, Clemons TE, Sperduto RD, Ferris FL 3rd, Chew EY
Ophthalmology. 2016 Apr; 123(4)916-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.10.040.

PMID:
    26686966
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Outcomes in Eyes with Retinal Angiomatous Proliferation in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT).
Daniel E, Shaffer J, Ying GS, Grunwald JE, Martin DF, Jaffe GJ, Maguire MG, Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT) Research Group.
Ophthalmology. 2016 Mar; 123(3)609-16. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.10.034.

PMID:
    26681392
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Factors Predicting Visual Acuity Outcome in Intermediate, Posterior, and Panuveitis: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial.
Kempen JH, Van Natta ML, Altaweel MM, Dunn JP, Jabs DA, Lightman SL, Thorne JE, Holbrook JT, Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group.
Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Dec; 160(6)1133-1141.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2015.09.017.

PMID:
    26386159
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Outcome of Treatment of Uveitic Macular Edema: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment Trial 2-Year Results.
Tomkins-Netzer O, Lightman S, Drye L, Kempen J, Holland GN, Rao NA, Stawell RJ, Vitale A, Jabs DA, Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment Trial Research Group.
Ophthalmology. 2015 Nov; 122(11)2351-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.07.036.

PMID:
    26359188
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Quality of Life and Risks Associated with Systemic Anti-inflammatory Therapy versus Fluocinolone Acetonide Intraocular Implant for Intermediate Uveitis, Posterior Uveitis, or Panuveitis: Fifty-four-Month Results of the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment Trial and Follow-up Study.
Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Follow-up Study Research Group.
Ophthalmology. 2015 Oct; 122(10)1976-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.06.043.

PMID:
    26298718
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Benefits of Systemic Anti-inflammatory Therapy versus Fluocinolone Acetonide Intraocular Implant for Intermediate Uveitis, Posterior Uveitis, and Panuveitis: Fifty-four-Month Results of the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial and Follow-up Study.
Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group., Kempen JH, Altaweel MM, Drye LT, Holbrook JT, Jabs DA, Sugar EA, Thorne JE
Ophthalmology. 2015 Oct; 122(10)1967-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.06.042.

PMID:
    26298715
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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IgG4-associated orbital and ocular inflammation.
Lee CS, Harocopos GJ, Kraus CL, Lee AY, Van Stavern GP, Couch SM, Rao PK
J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2015; 515. doi: 10.1186/s12348-015-0047-y.

PMID:
    26034515
    [PubMed]
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Microstructural retinal findings by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography after vitrectomy repair of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.
Kumar GN, Rao PK, Apte RS
Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Apr; 46(4)493-8. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20150422-17.

PMID:
    25932731
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Current clinical practice: differential management of uveal melanoma in the era of molecular tumor analyses.
Aaberg TM Jr, Cook RW, Oelschlager K, Maetzold D, Rao PK, Mason JO 3rd
Clin Ophthalmol. 2014; 82449-60. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S70839.

PMID:
    25587217
    [PubMed]
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Outcomes of eyes with lesions composed of >50% blood in the Comparison of Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT).
Altaweel MM, Daniel E, Martin DF, Mittra RA, Grunwald JE, Lai MM, Melamud A, Morse LS, Huang J, Ferris FL 3rd, Fine SL, Maguire MG, Comparison of Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT) Research Group., Comparison of Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials CATT Research Group.
Ophthalmology. 2015 Feb; 122(2)391-398.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2014.08.020.

PMID:
    25307130
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Shimmering lights.
Khan M, Rao PK, Rao RC
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Aug; 132(8)1015-6. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.1444.

PMID:
    25124950
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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