Sudhir Rao


Dr. Sudhir Rao obtained his Medical Doctorate from St. George's University School of Medicine, and is the founder of Pain and Spine Specialists. Despite Dr. Rao's years of training focusing on traditional medicine, he developed a strong interest in Functional and Integrative Medicine to treat chronic illness with alternative methods after a personal experience with limitations in traditional medicine.

Dr. Sudhir Rao MD, ABAAHP, was motivated to enter the field of medicine after an encounter he observed in a small town in India. His grandfather, a well-known General Practitioner in the town was deeply appreciated by his patients for the deep compassion in which he cared for them. Sudhir observed that despite having limited resources, his grandfather was able to transform his patient's lives through the attentive medical care he delivered. It was a life changing moment. Dr. Rao was born and raised in New Jersey.

After years of focus on traditional medicine, Dr. Rao developed a strong interest in Functional and Integrative Medicine to treat chronic illness when he was faced with the limitations that traditional medicine provided in treating chronic illness.

Dr. Rao's wife developed a rare heart condition (cardiomyopathy) after delivering their first child. The family attempted to treat the condition with traditional cardiovascular medicine under the direction of the leading heart failure specialists in the country. Her condition did not improve.

Looking for a better solution, Dr. Rao and his wife sought to learn more about functional medicine and traveled to the leading expert in metabolic cardiology for further treatment. Dr. Rao's wife started on a regimen consisting of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and lifestyle modification which ultimately led to significant improvement in her heart function. This personal experience inspired Dr. Rao to enroll in an Advanced Fellowship program in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and a Master's Degree Program through the University of South Florida in Metabolic Medicine and Nutrition to provide alternative and integrative treatment options.

Dr. Rao firmly believes that in order to provide optimal wellness, physicians need to be empowered with a more holistic approach to work with traditional medicine.

Dr. Sudhir Rao, a TOP Pain Management doctor from Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, discusses the latest advances in Pain Management and Treatments and how they can help relieve debilitating neck and back pain and other types of pain as well and restore your life to normal activity. Dr. Rao appears as a medical expert in the TOP Doctors Interviews which can be seen on CNN Headline News, FOX News, CNBC.


  • Bachelors of Science: BioPsychology
  • University of Michigan
  • Graduated with Honors

Medical Doctorate:

St. George's University School of Medicine


  • GBMC Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Maryland
    Study focused on the pathophysiology of the human body and treatments to dramatically improve patients lives.


  • Anesthesiology
    - Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
    - Awarded distinguished honors in Neurological and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine


  • Mt. Sinai College of Medicine
    Interventional Pain Fellow

Advanced Fellowship Program

  • University of South Florida, Metabolic Medicine and Nutrition, Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine.

Professional Experience

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Assistant Professor in Pain Medicine
  • Darnall Army Medical Center
    Fort Hood, Texas

Assisted in the advancement of the pain clinic, providing advanced pain management techniques to active-duty soldiers with war-related chronic pain issues. First to bring spinal cord stimulation to Fort Hood as well as treat chronic neuropathic pain using technology. It was an unparalleled honor and privilege to serve and assist the Army pain physicians in treating wounded soldiers.

Community Outreach

  • Volunteers at his local hepatitis clinic through the Department of Health.

Contact Us

Our Locations

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer questions Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00pm.

Mt Airy

2702 Back Acre Circle

Mt. Airy, MD 21771


6816 Deerpath Rd Elkridge, MD 21075

Get In Touch!

Main Phone

(301) 703-5067

Main Phone

(301) 703-5067



Fax #

(301) 703-8880

Fax #

(301) 703-8880

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