Anjali Rao, MD

Position title: Associate Professor

Division of Developmental Pediatrics & Rehabilitation Medicine


BS, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Residency, Pediatrics, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Fellowship, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Professional Activities

Dr. Anjali Rao is clinical associate professor in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine. She is active with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and serves on the executive board for the Council on School Health. In addition, she is a member of the AAP section of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics and is an advisor for the AAP Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority partnership. Rao was selected to be a scholar for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research Symposium. For the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), she served as co-chair for the national Autism Special Interest Group. Rao is also a fellow with Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND).

Clinical Interests

Rao practiced general pediatrics in Chicago, Illinois, for nearly 20 years before subspecializing in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Her major clinical interests are focused on the developmental point where typical child development becomes developmental delay. She takes a whole-family approach to her care delivery, and she partners with caregivers to support active parenting models.

Research Interests

Rao’s research interests include building scalable models to promote access to care, increasing capacity, and strengthening the workforce. In addition, she is an active medical educator with scholarly efforts focused on promoting developmental pediatrics curricula at all stages of medical education.