Ashwin Rao, MD

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 Clinic at Husky Stadium and the UWNC Northgate Clinic. 

Dr. Rao serves as a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He works in both primary care and sports medicine settings. 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 as the chair of the University of Washington ’s Sports Medicine Grand Rounds. He also serves on the Research Committee, Fellowship Committee, and Program Planning Committee of AMSSM. He is a member of the AMSSM’s Board of Directors. 

Dr. Rao has been honored as a "Top Doctor" by Seattle Met magazine and has served as a team physician for the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks and the five-time defending national champion University of Washington’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, management of chronic tendinopathy and arthritis, concussion evaluation and management, and comprehensive wellness care for the professional and recreational athlete.