Krishna Rao, MD

Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine

    About me



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    Education & training

    Board Certifications
    Medical Oncology
    Medical School
    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
    Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota - Internal Medicine
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington - Hematology/Medical Oncology


    Research Interests
    ENT Tumors, Breast Cancer, Melanoma, Skin Cancer as well as Head and Neck Cancer.


    Protocol for phase I study of pembrolizumab in combination with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin for patients with high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. ML Jamil, M Deebajah, A Sood, K Robinson, K Rao, S Sana, S Alanee BMJ open 9 (7), e028287, 2019.

    Anusha Kallurkar, Shreedhar Kulkarni, Kristin Delfino, Daniel Ferraro, and Krishna Rao, “Characteristics of Chronic Pain among Head and Neck Cancer Patients Treated with Radiation Therapy: A Retrospective Study,” Pain Research and Management, vol. 2019, Article ID 9675654, 8 pages, 2019.

    Joshi P., Modur V., Cheng J-M, Robinson K., Rao K., Characterization of immortalized human mammary epithelial cell line HMEC 2.6. Tumor Biology 2017, 39(10): 1-12.

    Iqbal, Muhammad Fahair; Agamah, Edem; Rao, Krishna. Overall Survival in Stage III and IV High  Risk Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients who received Adjuvant Chemotherapy and Radiation without Cisplatin. Cancer and Clinical Oncology, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p.1-11, Nov. 2017.

    CD24 expression may play a role as a predictive indicator and a modulator of cisplatin treatment response in head and neck squamous cellular carcinoma" Vishnu Modur, Pooja Joshi, Daotai Nie, Thomas. K. Robbins, Aziz U. Khan, Krishna Rao. 2016 Jun 8;11(6):e0156651. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156651. eCollection 2016

    AKR1B10 Promotes Breast Cancer Metastasis through Integrin α5/δ-Catenin mediated FAK/Src/Rac1 Signaling Pathway" by Chenfei Huang, Steven Verhulst, Yi Shen, Yiwen Bu, Yu Cao, Yingchun He, Dan Huang, Chun Cai, Krishna Rao, Duanfang Liao, Junfei Jin, and Deliang Cao. 2016 Jul 12;7(28):43779-43791. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.9672.

    Rogers, LQ; Verhulst, S; Rao, K; Malone, J; Robbs, R; Robbins, TK. Developing theory-based measurement tools for improving diet compliance in head and neck cancer patients. Journal of Food and Nutritional Disorders. 2015;4:2 (open access).

    Timme DW, Jonnalagadda S, Patel R, Rao K, Robbins KT. Treatment Selection for T3/T4a Laryngeal Cancer: Chemoradiation Versus Primary Surgery. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2015 Nov;124(11):845- 51.

    Rogers, LQ; Fogleman, A; Verhulst, S; Bhugra, M; Rao, K; Malone, J; Robbs, R; Robbins, KT Refining measurement of social cognitive theory factors associated with exercise adherence in head and neck cancer patients. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2015;33(5):467-87.

    Rao K, Robinson K, Malone J, Clausen C, Shevlin B, and K Thomas Robbins (2015) A Pilot Study of Induction Triplet Chemotherapy Followed by Minimally Invasive Surgery for Stage 3-4 Resectable Oropharyngeal Cancer. Otolaryngol (Sunnyvale) 5: 196.