Sunil V. Rao, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Department / Division:
Medicine / Medicine - Cardiology
508 Fulton Street, 111A
Durham, NC 27705
Appointment Telephone:
Not accepting patients
Office Telephone:
919-286-0411, extension 2352
  • MD, Ohio State University College of Medicine, 1996
  • Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1996-1999
  • Cardiology, Duke University Medical Center, 1999-2003
  • Interventional Cardiology, Duke University Medical Center, 2003-2004
Clinical Interests:
Interventional cardiology
Research Interests:
Focus of research is in the radial approach to PCI, transfusion physiology and outcomes in patients with ischemic heart disease, quality assessment and improvement through registries, and clinical trials in interventional cardiology
Representative Publications:
  • Jolly, SS; Yusuf, S; Cairns, J; Niemelä, K; Xavier, D; Widimsky, P; Budaj, A; Niemelä, M; Valentin, V; Lewis, BS; Avezum, A; Steg, PG; Rao, SV; Gao, P; Afzal, R; Joyner, CD; Chrolavicius, S; Mehta, SR; RIVAL trial group. Radial versus femoral access for coronary angiography and intervention in patients with acute coronary syndromes (RIVAL): a randomised, parallel group, multicentre trial. The Lancet. 2011;377:1409-1420.  Abstract
  • Rao, SV; Krucoff, MW. Transradial PCI in women: problem solved or clinical equipoise?. Journal of Invasive Cardiology. 2011;23:4 p preceding 101.  Abstract
  • Rao, SV; Cohen, MG; Kandzari, DE; Bertrand, OF; Gilchrist, IC. The transradial approach to percutaneous coronary intervention: historical perspective, current concepts, and future directions. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2010;55:2187-2195.  Abstract
  • Rao, SV; Melloni, C; Myles-Dimauro, S; Broderick, S; Kosinski, AS; Kleiman, NS; Dzavík, V; Tanguay, JF; Chandna, H; Gammon, R; Rivera, E; Alexander, JH; Fier, I; Roach, J; Becker, RC; EMINENCE Investigators. Evaluation of a new heparin agent in percutaneous coronary intervention: results of the phase 2 evaluation of M118 IN pErcutaNeous Coronary intErvention (EMINENCE) Trial. Circulation. 2010;121:1713-1721.  Abstract
  • Rao, SV; Eikelboom, J; Steg, PG; Lincoff, AM; Weintraub, WS; Bassand, JP; Rao, AK; Gibson, CM; Petersen, JL; Mehran, R; Manoukian, SV; Charnigo, R; Lee, KL; Moscucci, M; Harrington, RA; Academic Bleeding Consensus Multidisciplinary Working Group. Standardized reporting of bleeding complications for clinical investigations in acute coronary syndromes: a proposal from the academic bleeding consensus (ABC) multidisciplinary working group. American Heart Journal. 2009;158:881-886.e1.  Abstract
  • Rao, SV; Ou, FS; Wang, TY; Roe, MT; Brindis, R; Rumsfeld, JS; Peterson, ED. Trends in the prevalence and outcomes of radial and femoral approaches to percutaneous coronary intervention: a report from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. 2008;1:379-386.  Abstract
  • Rao, SV; Eikelboom, JA; Granger, CB; Harrington, RA; Califf, RM; Bassand, JP. Bleeding and blood transfusion issues in patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes. European Heart Journal (Elsevier). 2007;28:1193-1204.  Abstract
  • Rao, SV; Jollis, JG; Harrington, RA; Granger, CB; Newby, LK; Armstrong, PW; Moliterno, DJ; Lindblad, L; Pieper, K; Topol, EJ; Stamler, JS; Califf, RM. Relationship of blood transfusion and clinical outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndromes. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2004;292:1555-1562.  Abstract
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