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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Avani D Rao, MD

Avani Rao, MD


Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Radiation Oncology

Clinical Interest

Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Cervical Cancer, Children's Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer

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About Avani Rao, MD

Dr. Avani Rao joined Radiation Oncology Associates in 2020 and serves as the Director of Research, Proton Therapy Fellowship Director and lead physician in pediatric radiation oncology. Her areas of interest are pediatric, gynecologic, gastrointestinal and breast malignancies.

Dr. Rao graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. She completed medical school, her internal medicine internship and her radiation oncology residency at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was nominated to Alpha Omega Alpha during medical school, and during her residency, Dr. Rao served as Chief Resident. She pursued additional fellowship training at the University of Maryland to gain specific expertise in proton therapy. Dr. Rao has received several awards supporting her research and recognizing her clinical excellence and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Rao is board certified in radiation oncology. 


  • American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, 2013-present
  • American Radium Society, 2013-present
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Research and Publications

Blog Posts

Proton Therapy for Pediatric Patients. September 2021.


Medical Education

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 2014


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Training Specialty: Internal Medicine
6/25/2014 - 06/30/2015


Johns Hopkins Hospital
Training Specialty: Radiation Oncology
7/1/2015 - 06/30/2019


University of Maryland Medical System
Training Specialty: Proton Therapy
7/8/2019 - 06/30/2020

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Hospital Affiliation

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