Devika Radhika Rao, MD $$

Pediatric Pulmonologist

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
English Kannada


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Devika Rao, MD, helps children overcome a variety of conditions that affect breathing and the lungs. 

She is a Pediatric Pulmonologist at Children’s Health  and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. She also directs the pulmonary function testing lab at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Rao received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 2006 and completed her pediatric residency at Emory University School of Medicine in 2009. She then completed her fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology at Boston Children's Hospital in 2012.  

Dr. Rao is a national leader in treating and studying lung injuries caused by vaping/e-cigarettes. She was invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide input on lung injury due to e-cigarettes. Dr. Rao’s research on these injuries was published in the journal Pediatrics. She has been interviewed about vaping injuries by many local and national media outlets, including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.  

Dr. Rao’s expertise extends to many other conditions. For example, she spearheaded a clinic at Children’s Health that specializes in treating children with pulmonary problems related to sickle cell disease. She also works closely with our neonatology team to help infants and children manage bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a chronic lung condition that can develop in premature babies.

In her spare time, Dr. Rao spends time with her husband and two young children, sings devotional Vedic hymns, and she is working on her first novel. 

Education and Training

Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (2006)
Grady Memorial Hospital - GME (2009), Pediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital (2012), Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Pulmonology
  • Research Interests

    • E-cigarettes and vaping-related lung injuries
    • Pulmonary manifestations of sickle cell disease
    • Pediatric advocacy
    • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Publications

    • An Overview of Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide and Children with Asthma. Rao DR, Phipatanaku W Expert review of clinical immunology 2016 Jan
    • ATS Core Curriculum 2016: Part III. Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine. Boyer D, Thomson CC, Cohen R, Rao D, Dell S, Rayment J, Wang R, Dy FJ, Wambach J, Tam-Williams J, Simon D, Price E, Oermann CM, Singh A, Rettig JS, Duncan ED, Baker CD, Liptzin DR, Moore PE Annals of the American Thoracic Society 2016 Jun 13 6 955-66
  • Professional Activities

    • American Medical Association (2009-2014)
    • American College of Chest Physicians (2011)
    • American Thoracic Society (2009)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine (2010-2014)
  • Awards and Honors

    • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist 2020
    • Travel Award 2011, American Thoracic Society's Fellows Track Symposium

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