Nalini Rao,  MD, FACP, FSHEA


Clinical Professor of Medicine and Orthopedics

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases (Shadyside Campus)

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside

Medical Director, Infection Control

UPMC Shadyside, Southside and Braddock

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside

Infection Prevention and Control Department

2nd Floor, School of Nursing

5230 Centre Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

TEL (412) 623-1649

FAX (412) 623-1782



Dr. Rao is a medical graduate of Delhi University, New Delhi, India.  She completed her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University.  She did her post-doctoral fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh.  She is certified in Travel Medicine and oversees an International Travel Health Center as its medical director.


Her research interests include Healthcare-associated infections, musculoskeletal Infections with special emphasis on prosthetic joint infections and chronic osteomyelitis.  She has published over fifty publications including abstracts and book chapters.  She has given over 250 lectures at various medical centers.  She has received numerous awards including William M. Cooper, M.D., J.D. for excellence in teaching and the Jeanette Wilkins Award for the best clinical paper at the Musculoskeletal Infection Society in 2001.  She was elected as president of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society, 2003-2004.   She has been cited as one of the America’s Top Doctors from 2001 to 2005 by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., New York.  She was featured in the May 2005 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the top doctors in her subspecialty in the region.