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    A. Koneti Rao, M.D. is the Sol Sherry Professor of Medicine, Chief of Hematology, Co-Director of the Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center at the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia. He received the M.B.B.S. degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1973.


    He joined the faculty of the Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM), Philadelphia, in 1979. Dr Rao served as the Associate Dean for the TUSM MD-PhD Program from 2001-2005. From 2005-2010 he was the Director of the Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center. Dr. Rao’s major research interest since 1979 has been in the area of platelets, on the molecular mechanisms of inherited disorders of platelet function. His studies have provided the first descriptions of human deficiencies in key platelet signaling proteins, including phospholipase C-2, GTP binding protein Gq and protein kinase C-.


    Dr Rao’s other studies have focused on the alterations in tissue factor and coagulation mechanisms in hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia, and diabetes mellitus. His research has been supported since 1980s by grants from NIH and other foundations. Dr Rao is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Interurban Clinical Club, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Society of Vascular Biology and Medicine, Molecular Medicine Society, and the Council on Thrombosis (American Heart Association Rao has received several awards including the NIH Academic Award in Vascular Diseases (1992), the Investigator Recognition Award from the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (1997), Temple University Faculty Research Award (2001), Distinguished Career Award from the South Asian Society for Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis (2006), and the Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist award from the Association of Scientists of Indian origin in America (2009). Rao has been listed as one of Best Doctors in America and as one of the Top Doctors by the Philadelphia Magazine.

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    United States