Ashwin L. Rao M.D.

 Ashwin  L. Rao M.D.


Dr. Ashwin Rao is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and his medical…

Read Full Bio

Patient Care Philosophy

I like to work with motivated patients and athletes of all ages who are engaged in developing or resuming an active lifestyle. At the Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium, I am part of a care team that believes and enacts a comprehensive approach to providing expert multidisciplinary care to the active patient. As a physician, I am thrilled to manage patients and enable them to return to their activity. I enjoy performing procedures, such as joint injections, platelet rich plasma treatments, and musculoskeletal ultrasound that both promote activity and enable my patients to resume their active lifestyles.

Personal Interests

Travel, photography, watching and playing a variety of sports.

Clinical Interests

Sports cardiology; musculoskeletal ultrasound; autologous growth factor therapy (PRP, Tenex, autologous blood injection therapy).

Research Interests

Sports cardiology; emergency preparedness; mental health concerns of the athlete.


Case Western Reserve UniversityMedical education2003
UW - Dept. of Family MedicineInternshipFamily Medicine
UW - Dept. of Family MedicineResidencyFamily Medicine
UW - Sports MedicineFellowshipSports Medicine


Board Certifications

American Board of Family MedicineSports Medicine2008
American Board of Family MedicineFamily Medicine2006
Dr. Ashwin Rao is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rao completed his residency training in family medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. He currently assumes the role of Associate Professor in UW’s Department of Family Medicine. He is the program director of the University of Washington’s Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Rao sees patients at the UW Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium and the UWNC Northgate Clinic.

Dr. Rao is a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He works in both primary care and sports medicine settings. He serves as the chair of the University of Washington ’s Sports Medicine Grand Rounds. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He serves on the research, fellowship, education, and program planning committees of AMSSM, and he is an elected member of AMSSM's Board of Directors.

Dr. Rao has been honored as a "Top Doctor" by Seattle Met magazine and served as a team physician for the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks and the five-time defending national champion University of Washington men's crew team, as well as for UW baseball and UW women’s crew teams. He has won numerous patient satisfaction awards, including the UW Cares and PRAISE awards. His academic interests include primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes, mental well-being in athletes, and medical student and resident education and mentorship. His clinical interests include ultrasound guided procedures, platelet rich plasma (PRP), selective peripheral nerve hydrodissection, percutaneous tenotomy (Tenex), management of chronic tendinopathy and arthritis, concussion evaluation and management, and comprehensive wellness care for the professional and recreational athlete.
Loading Publications...

Dangers Facing Young Athletes: Coping with Doping, Concussions and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Part 1

Provider Locations