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NYU Langone Provider

Sunil Rao, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Interventional Cardiology
  • Treats: Adults
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-5656
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As an interventional cardiologist, I open blocked arteries and restore healthy blood flow to the heart. This often involves using a stent to open an arterial blockage to prevent or treat heart attack. It is a very satisfying area of medicine. I am able to diagnose and treat a condition in real time, and take someone who was sick or even at risk of death and make them feel much, much better, while also improving their overall health. I can also show them pictures of their heart, and educate them about what was happening, how it was fixed, and what they can do to prevent future blockages.

In addition to providing the highest-quality cardiac care, I am also extremely interested in finding ways to make these treatments as safe as possible. Early in my career, nearly all cardiac interventional procedures used the femoral artery in the groin to access the coronary arteries. This procedure comes with risk of bleeding and requires a day or two of recovery in the hospital. I wondered early on: Is there another, safer way to access the heart?

After a lot of research on alternatives to the femoral artery, I settled on investigating procedures that originated in the radial artery in the wrist. This artery is easy to access, which reduces the risk of serious bleeding after the procedure. Plus, this artery is in the arm and not the leg, so people can get up and walk around more quickly after the procedure.

As I did more radial access procedures, I became convinced that this was a safer, less invasive approach to cardiac stenting. But my hunch was not enough—the field of cardiology needed data to prove why this procedure should be more widely used. My research showed the improved safety of the radial approach. We then conducted another study to figure out why the procedure was not more commonly used in hospitals across the country. Physician training was the differentiator, and so my research led to an increase in the availability of training courses for interventional cardiologists around the world.

In 2007, when I began my research, national databases reported that only 1 percent of all cardiac catheterizations were done through radial access. By 2021, that figure was up to 65 percent. Research by my team led to this transformation in interventional cardiology, and in turn a better, safer, and easier experience for patients.

As director of interventional cardiology at NYU Langone, I ensure that patients get the highest quality and safest cardiovascular procedures. I am also always trying to improve the patient experience. My research focuses on developing new treatments for heart disease and implementing proven treatments to improve cardiovascular health.

Positions
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Interventional Cardiology), 2007
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease), 2005
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Duke University Hospital, Interventional Cardiology, 2004
  • Fellowship, Duke University Hospital, Cardiology, 2003
  • Fellowship, Duke University Hospital, Cardiovascular Dis., 2002
  • Residency, Duke University Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1999
  • MD from Ohio State University, 1996

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This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
     
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage
    • Aetna Open Access EPO
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Student Plan
    • Allied
    • Chesterfield Resources Inc
    • Christian Brothers Services
    • CoreSource
    • Healthscope
    • Nippon Life of America-Aetna
    • Nippon Life-Aetna
    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Amida Care
     
    • Amida Care Medicaid
  • Anthem BCBS Health Plus
     
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 1
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 2
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 3
    • BCBS Healthplus Essential Plan 4
    • BCBS Healthplus Gatekeeper exchange
    • BCBS Healthplus Mediblue Advantage
    • BCBS Healthplus NY Child Health Plus NY
    • BCBS Healthplus NY Medicaid Managed Care NY
    • BCBS Healthplus Special Needs
    • Empire Mediblue Healthplus Dual
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
     
    • Anthem BCBS CT HMO
    • Anthem BCBS CT PPO
    • Anthem BCBS CT Pathway HMO
    • Anthem BCBS CT Pathway PPO
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Large Group
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Small Group
    • BCBS Blue Access GEPO Small Group
    • BCBS Blue Access PPO Large Group
    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (BlackRock Employees)
    • BCBS EPO (LICH Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Federal Program
    • BCBS Florida Blue Care HMO
    • BCBS Florida Blue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS Florida Blue Options PPO
    • BCBS Florida Blue Select
    • BCBS Florida MyBlue HMO
    • BCBS Florida Simply Blue
    • BCBS Florida Traditional PPC
    • BCBS HMO
    • BCBS Indemnity
    • BCBS Local 32BJ Employees
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare HMO
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS Mediblue Select HMO/Extra HMO
    • BCBS POS
    • BCBS PPO
    • BCBS PPO (BlackRock Employees)
    • BCBS PPO (LICH Employees)
    • BCBS PPO - Empire PPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS PPO/EPO Small Group
    • New York Hotel Trades
  • Centerlight Healthcare
     
    • CenterLight Healthcare DIRECT
    • CenterLight Healthcare PACE
    • CenterLight Healthcare Select
    • Centerlight Pace Medicare HMO
  • Centers Plan For Healthy Living
     
    • Centers Plan For Healthy Living
    • Centers Plan For Healthy Living Medicaid Advantage Plus HMO D-SNP
  • Cigna
     
    • Apwu Health Plan
    • Cigna - Humana
    • Cigna Great West PPO
    • Cigna HMO
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna Managed Care/POS
    • Cigna Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna NALC
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access PPO
    • Cigna Oscar
    • Cigna PPO
    • Cigna Premier Plus
    • Great West HMO
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • MVP-Cigna Network
    • Wellfleet-NYU Student
  • Connecticare
     
    • Connecticare Bridge
    • Connecticare Commercial
  • Elderplan
     
    • Elderplan
    • Elderplan FIDA
    • Elderplan Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Emblem
     
    • Emblem Select Care Bronze Small Group
    • Emblem Select Care EPO
    • Emblem Select Care Gold Small Group
    • Emblem Select Care HMO
    • Emblem Select Care PPO
    • Emblem Select Care Platinum Small Group
    • Emblem Select Care Silver Small Group
  • Fidelis Care
     
    • Ambetter Fidelis Care Bronze Exchange
    • Ambetter Fidelis Care Catastrophic Cvg Exchange
    • Ambetter Fidelis Care Gold Exchange
    • Ambetter Fidelis Care Native American Exchange
    • Ambetter Fidelis Care Platinum Exchange
    • Ambetter Fidelis Care Silver Exchange
    • Fidelis Care Child Health Plus
    • Fidelis Care Medicaid Managed Care
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 1
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 2
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 3
    • Fidelis Essential Plan 4
    • Wellcare by Fidelis Care Medicare
  • GHI
     
    • American Plan Administrators
    • GHI CBP (City of New York Employees)
    • GHI Emblem Health EPO
    • GHI Emblem Health PPO
    • GHI HMO
    • GHI HMO Medicare
    • GHI Medicare PPO
    • GHI Medicare Supplement
    • GHI Network Access - Benefit Services of PA
    • GHI Network Access - Humana
    • GHI Network Access - Total Plan Concepts
    • IUOE Local 14-14B
    • Wlny-TV Inc.
  • HIP
     
    • Emblem Essential Plan 1
    • Emblem Essential Plan 2
    • Emblem Essential Plan 3
    • Emblem Essential Plan 4
    • HIP Access I
    • HIP Access II
    • HIP Bridge
    • HIP Child Health Plus
    • HIP EPO
    • HIP HMO
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced Care
    • HIP Medicare Supplement
    • HIP POS
    • HIP PPO
    • HIP Prime Basic Exchange
    • HIP Prime Bronze
    • HIP Prime Bronze Exchange
    • HIP Prime Catastrophic Exchange
    • HIP Prime Gold
    • HIP Prime Gold Exchange
    • HIP Prime Platinum
    • HIP Prime Platinum Exchange
    • HIP Prime Silver
    • HIP Prime Silver Exchange
    • HIP VIP Medicare Bold
    • HIP VIP Medicare Prime
    • Vytra HMO
  • Hamaspik Choice
     
    • Hamaspik Choice Medicare DSNP
  • Healthfirst
     
    • Health And Recovery Plan (Harp)
    • Healthfirst Bronze Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Bronze Total, Pro, Plus EPO
    • Healthfirst Child Health Plus
    • Healthfirst Essential Plan 1 & 2
    • Healthfirst Essential Plan 3 & 4
    • Healthfirst Gold Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Gold Total, Pro, Plus EPO
    • Healthfirst Green Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Medicaid
    • Healthfirst Medicare
    • Healthfirst Medicare/NYU Risk
    • Healthfirst Personal Wellness Plan
    • Healthfirst Platinum Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Platinum Total, Pro, Plus EPO
    • Healthfirst Senior Health Partners
    • Healthfirst Silver Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Silver Total, Pro, Plus EPO
  • Hotel Trades Council
     
    • Hotel Trades Council
  • Humana
     
    • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Local 1199
     
    • Local 1199 - NYU Hospital Member Choice
    • Local 1199 PPO
  • Longevity Health Plan
     
    • Longevity Health Plan Medicare
  • Magnacare
     
    • Bricklayers Ins and Welfare Fund
    • Magnacare PPO
  • Medicaid of New York
     
    • NYS Medicaid
  • Medicare
     
    • Medicare Part A and B
    • Medicare Part B
  • Metroplus
     
    • Metroplus Bronze Plus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Child Health Plus
    • Metroplus Essential Plan 1 and 2
    • Metroplus Essential Plan 3 and 4
    • Metroplus Gold
    • Metroplus Gold Care 2
    • Metroplus Gold Plus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Medicaid Managed Care
    • Metroplus Medicare
    • Metroplus Medplus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Platinum Plus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Silver Plus Plan Exchange
  • Multiplan
     
    • AXA Assistance USA
    • Administrative Concepts
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Diversified Administration Corporation
    • Fiserv Health
    • GEHA
    • Global Excel
    • Global Health
    • Guardian Life Insurance Co Of America
    • Health Net Of California
    • Health Republic Of NJ
    • Humana Health Plan
    • Insurance Design Administrators
    • Kaiser Foundation
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Meritain Health
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Multiplan-Capital Dist Phys Health
    • Mutual Of Omaha
    • Nippon Life Ins Co
    • PHCS
    • Professional Benefit Admin
    • Qualcare Inc
    • Screen Actors Guild
    • Teamsters Allied Benefits
    • US Life Insurance Company
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
     
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan, Excelsior Plan, NY Student Employee Health Plan
  • Oxford
     
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • POMCO Insurance Company
     
    • POMCO Insurance Company
  • Qualcare Inc.
     
    • Qualcare Direct
  • Railroad Medicare
     
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • River Spring Health Plan
     
    • River Spring Medicare HMP SNP
  • Sedgwick WTC
     
    • World Trade Center - Sedgwick
  • Senior Whole Health
     
    • Senior Whole Health Medicare Advantage
  • Tricare
     
    • TriWest
    • Tricare
    • US Family Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
     
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • Bind Benefits inc
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • Unite Healthcare (NY University Care Plan)
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare All Savers
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Blackrock employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Simon
    • United Healthcare EPO
    • United Healthcare EPO (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Golden Rule Insurance
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Student Resources (NYU)
    • United Healthcare Value, Advantage and HDHP (New York University employees)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice (NY Power Authority Employees)
  • VA Community Care Network
     
    • VA CCN Optum
  • VNS Choice Advantage
     
    • VNS Medicare Advantage
    • VNS NY Choice Select Health
  • Village Care
     
    • VillageCare
  • WTC Health Program
     
    • NY Fire Department - WTC
    • WTC Health Program
  • Wellcare
     
    • WellCare Medicare
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Sunil Rao, MD does not accept insurance.

Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Cardiac Catheterization Associates

550 1st Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-5656

Fax

212-263-8534

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  • Eisenstein, Eric L.; Hill, Kevin D.; Wood, Nancy; Kirchner, Jerry L.; Anstrom, Kevin J.; Granger, Christopher B.; Rao, Sunil V.; Baldwin, H. Scott; Jacobs, Jeffrey P.; Jacobs, Marshall L.; Kannankeril, Prince J.; Graham, Eric M.; O'Brien, Sean M.; Li, Jennifer S.

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  • Eisenstein, Eric L; Hill, Kevin D; Wood, Nancy; Kirchner, Jerry L; Anstrom, Kevin J; Granger, Christopher B; Rao, Sunil V; Baldwin, H Scott; Jacobs, Jeffrey P; Jacobs, Marshall L; Kannankeril, Prince J; Graham, Eric M; O'Brien, Sean M; Li, Jennifer S

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