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Vijaya Rao, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Vijaya Rao, MD, cares for patients with a variety of digestive diseases, and specializes in celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening, and gastroenterologic issues in women. She researches the ethical implications of invasive procedures and clinical trials.

Dr. Rao serves as the director of student and resident rotations for the section and assists with implementation of the ethics curriculum for gastroenterology fellows.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

150 E. Huron Street
Suite 900
Chicago, IL, 60611

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Medical School

Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago


Loyola University Medical Center


The University of Chicago Medicine (gastroenterology)
The University of Chicago (clinical medical ethics)


American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-1774

Office Fax

(773) 702-0795

Office Postal Address

Vijaya Rao, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 4076
Chicago, IL 60637

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More About Dr. Rao

Dr. Rao warns against trendy diets that cut gluten out of your diet. “Unless you have celiac disease, gluten is not your gut’s worst enemy,” she says.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Rao's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.