Naresh C. Rao, DO, FAOASM is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He was the Olympic Team USA Water Polo Physician for the 2016 Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He had been practicing Sports and Wellness Medicine for 10 years in San Diego, California before relocating back to his roots in New York in 2011. He had been on faculty as an instructor at the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and Western University of Health Sciences. He currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as clinical faculty at NYU School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Family Medicine Residency, and Northwell Plainview Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Dr. Rao serves as head team physician for Men's USA Water Polo as well as Medical Liaison to the US Olympic Committee. He served as the Chairman of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee for the World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman, International).
Dr. Naresh Rao has been a contributing author for several medical books and articles for scientific journals. He lectures frequently on sports medicine and wellness related topics.
Dr. Rao is the Chairman of the New York Athletic Club's Saturday Morning Program, a sports program that has taught the Olympic tradition to children for over 120 years. He played water polo at Colgate University, is a competitive tennis player, and had completed the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in 2006.
His love for sports thoroughly pervades his professional and personal life. He donates his time often to educated children on health and wellness and has a strong belief in giving back to the community though philanthropy. He is happily married to his wife of over 16 years, has two children and a puppy.