Suchitra Rao, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Pediatric Hospital Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Melbourne (2002)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2013)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2009)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Publications

  • Dolan SA, Mulcahy Levy J, Moss A, Pearce K, Butler M, Jung S, Dominguez SR, Mwangi E, Maloney K, Rao S. SARS-CoV-2 persistence in immunocompromised children. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021 Dec;68(12):e29277. PubMed PMID: 34453477
  • Embi PJ, Levy ME, Naleway AL, Patel P, Gaglani M, Natarajan K, Dascomb K, Ong TC, Klein NP, Liao IC, Grannis SJ, Han J, Stenehjem E, Dunne MM, Lewis N, Irving SA, Rao S, McEvoy C, Bozio CH, Murthy K, Dixon BE, Grisel N, Yang DH, Goddard K, Kharbanda AB, Reynolds S, Raiyani C, Fadel WF, Arndorfer J, Rowley EA, Fireman B, Ferdinands J, Valvi NR, Ball SW, Zerbo O, Griggs EP, Mitchell PK, Porter RM, Kiduko SA, Blanton L, Zhuang Y, Steffens A, Reese SE, Olson N, Williams J, Dickerson M, McMorrow M, Schrag SJ, Verani JR, Fry AM, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Barron MA, Thompson MG, DeSilva MB. Effectiveness of 2-Dose Vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Against COVID-19-Associated Hospitalizations Among Immunocompromised Adults - Nine States, January-September 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 Nov 5;70(44):1553-1559. PubMed PMID: 34735426
  • Bozio CH, Grannis SJ, Naleway AL, Ong TC, Butterfield KA, DeSilva MB, Natarajan K, Yang DH, Rao S, Klein NP, Irving SA, Dixon BE, Dascomb K, Liao IC, Reynolds S, McEvoy C, Han J, Reese SE, Lewis N, Fadel WF, Grisel N, Murthy K, Ferdinands J, Kharbanda AB, Mitchell PK, Goddard K, Embi PJ, Arndorfer J, Raiyani C, Patel P, Rowley EA, Fireman B, Valvi NR, Griggs EP, Levy ME, Zerbo O, Porter RM, Birch RJ, Blanton L, Ball SW, Steffens A, Olson N, Williams J, Dickerson M, McMorrow M, Schrag SJ, Verani JR, Fry AM, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Barron M, Gaglani M, Thompson MG, Stenehjem E. Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Among Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19-Like Illness with Infection-Induced or mRNA Vaccine-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Immunity - Nine States, January-September 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 Nov 5;70(44):1539-1544. PubMed PMID: 34735425
  • Cole LD, Osborne CM, Silveira LJ, Rao S, Lockwood JM, Kunkel MJ, MacBrayne CE, Heizer HR, Anderson MS, Jone PN, Dominguez SR. IVIG Compared to IVIG Plus Infliximab in Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. Pediatrics. 2021 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34548377
  • Thompson MG, Stenehjem E, Grannis S, Ball SW, Naleway AL, Ong TC, DeSilva MB, Natarajan K, Bozio CH, Lewis N, Dascomb K, Dixon BE, Birch RJ, Irving SA, Rao S, Kharbanda E, Han J, Reynolds S, Goddard K, Grisel N, Fadel WF, Levy ME, Ferdinands J, Fireman B, Arndorfer J, Valvi NR, Rowley EA, Patel P, Zerbo O, Griggs EP, Porter RM, Demarco M, Blanton L, Steffens A, Zhuang Y, Olson N, Barron M, Shifflett P, Schrag SJ, Verani JR, Fry A, Gaglani M, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Klein NP. Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines in Ambulatory and Inpatient Care Settings. N Engl J Med. 2021 Oct 7;385(15):1355-1371. PubMed PMID: 34496194
  • Rao S, Lamb MM, Moss A, Mistry RD, Grice K, Ahmed W, Santos-Cantu D, Kitchen E, Patel C, Ferrari I, Dominguez SR. Effect of Rapid Respiratory Virus Testing on Antibiotic Prescribing Among Children Presenting to the Emergency Department With Acute Respiratory Illness: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jun 1;4(6):e2111836. PubMed PMID: 34086034
  • Bailey LC, Razzaghi H, Burrows EK, Bunnell HT, Camacho PEF, Christakis DA, Eckrich D, Kitzmiller M, Lin SM, Magnusen BC, Newland J, Pajor NM, Ranade D, Rao S, Sofela O, Zahner J, Bruno C, Forrest CB. Assessment of 135?794 Pediatric Patients Tested for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Across the United States. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 Feb 1;175(2):176-184. PubMed PMID: 33226415
  • Rao S, Kwan BM, Curtis DJ, Swanson A, Bakel LA, Bajaj L, Boguniewicz J, Lockwood JM, Ogawa K, Pemberton K, Fuhlbrigge RC, Brumbaugh D, Givens P, Nozik ES, Sills MR. Implementation of a Rapid Evidence Assessment Infrastructure during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic to Develop Policies, Clinical Pathways, Stimulate Academic Research, and Create Educational Opportunities. J Pediatr. 2021 Mar;230:4-8.e2. PubMed PMID: 33091418
  • Rao S, Moss A, Lamb MM, Asturias EJ. Evaluation of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Among Young Children Receiving Consecutive Versus Nonconsecutive Vaccination During Influenza A(H3N2)-Predominant Seasons. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2021 Apr 3;10(3):359-362. PubMed PMID: 32756876
  • Troy E, Sillau S, Bernard TJ, Rao S. Incidence and Clinical Outcomes of Streptococcus anginosus in Acute Complicated Sinusitis: A Pediatric Cohort. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2021 Mar 26;10(2):168-171. PubMed PMID: 31925948
  • Halvorson EE, Saha AK, Forrest CB, Callahan C, Razzaghi H, Rao S, Phan TLT, Magnusen B, Mejias A, McCrory MC, Wells BJJ, Skelton JA, Poehling, KA, Tieder, JS “Weight Status and Risk of Inpatient Admission for Children with Lower Respiratory Tract Disease” Hospital Pediatrics, in press
  • Levy JM, Dolan S, Moss A, Maloney K, Pearce K, Jung S, Dominguez SR, Butler M, Mwangi E, Rao S. “SARS-CoV-2 Persistence in Immunocompromised Children” Society of international oncology in pediatrics, October 2021
  • Dolan S, Levy JM, Moss A, Maloney K, Pearce K, Jung S, Dominguez SR, Butler M, Mwangi E, Rao S. “SARS-CoV-2 Persistence in Immunocompromised Children” ID Week, October 2021
  • Windsor WJ, Lamb MM, Dominguez SR, Rao S “Clinical Characteristics and Illness Course by Pathogen Among Children With Respiratory Illness Presenting to an Emergency Department” PAS 2021
  • Dawood F, Rao S, “Influenza” in: Long S, Pickering LK, Prober CG Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 6th Edition,
  • Influenza Training Materials for Nurses Ambulatory and Inpatient Cornerstone Module
  • Website Information for patients and families on influenza
  • COVID-19 Clinical Care Pathways and Guidance Documents - Acute COVID-19 ED/Inpatient Pathway
  • Cardiac Evaluation for Post COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Infection Return to Play in Children and Adolescents
  • Pediatric COVID-19 clinical pathways- MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Disease in Children) Associated with COVID-19
  • Evaluation and Management of Children with Myocarditis/Pericarditis Following COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Mitigating COVID-19 Transmission Through Preoperative Testing
  • Flu Vaccine Central- website for provider education on influenza
  • Closing the Gender Gap: Gender Balance in Academic Medicine
  • PEDSnet Capstone Presentation: Development and Implementation of a Risk Stratification Tool for Influenza Infection in Children
  • Examiner's Recommendation Report, PhD thesis submitted by Mr. Daniel Andrew Norman titled “The impacts, influences and interventions for influenza vaccination in children with medical comorbidities”, University of Western Australia
  • Respiratory Pathogen Testing Considerations for Patients Presenting to Children’s Hospital Colorado During the 2021-2022 Season
  • Rao S, “Polyomaviruses” in: Long S, Pickering LK, Prober CG Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 6th Edition,
  • Rao S, Kwan BM, Curtis D, Swanson A, Bakel LA, Bajaj L, Boguniewicz J, Lockwood J, Ogawa K, Katherine P, Fuhlbrigge RC, Brumbaugh D, Givens P, Grayck EN, Sills MR. Implementation of a Rapid Evidence Assessment Infrastructure during the COVID-19 Pandemic to Develop Policies, Clinical Pathways, Stimulate Academic Research, and Create Educational Opportunities. J Pediatr. 2020 Oct 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33091418
  • Rao S, Moss A, Lamb MM, Asturias EJ. Evaluation of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Among Young Children Receiving Consecutive Versus Nonconsecutive Vaccination During Influenza A(H3N2)-Predominant Seasons. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32756876
  • Brown AC, Lauer SA, Robinson CC, Nyquist AC, Rao S, Reich NG. Evaluating the ALERT algorithm for local outbreak onset detection in seasonal infectious disease surveillance data. Stat Med. 2020 Apr 15;39(8):1145-1155. PubMed PMID: 31985869
  • Troy E, Sillau S, Bernard TJ, Rao S. Incidence and Clinical Outcomes of Streptococcus anginosus in Acute Complicated Sinusitis: A Pediatric Cohort. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Jan 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31925948
  • Rao S, Ziniel SI, Khan I, Dempsey A. Be inFLUential: Evaluation of a multifaceted intervention to increase influenza vaccination rates among pediatric inpatients. Vaccine. 2020 Feb 5;38(6):1370-1377. PubMed PMID: 31862197
  • Rao S, Yanni E, Moss A, Lamb MM, Schuind A, Bekkat-Berkani R, Innis BL, Cotter J, Mistry RD, Asturias EJ. Evaluation of a New Clinical Endpoint for Moderate to Severe Influenza Disease in Children: A Prospective Cohort Study. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Sep 17;9(4):460-467. PubMed PMID: 31724050
  • Rao S, Martin J, Ahearn MA, Osborne C, Moss A, Dempsey A, Dominguez SR, Weinberg A, Messacar KB. Neurologic Manifestations of Influenza A(H3N2) Infection in Children During the 2016-2017 Season. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Feb 28;9(1):71-74. PubMed PMID: 30590598
  • Rao S, Kwan BM, Curtis D, Swanson A, Bakel LA, Bajaj L, Boguniewicz J, Lockwood J, Ogawa K, Pemberton K, Fuhlbrigge RC, Brumbaugh D, Givens P, Nozik E, Sills MR, “Implementation of a Rapid Evidence Assessment and Dissemination Infrastructure- the COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Committee” “ CU CCTSI COVID-19 Summit, August 2020
  • Corrado M, Whitney G, Dominguez S, Ambroggio L, Brumbaugh D, Bajaj L, Jung S, Inge T, Rao S. “Evaluation of the negative predictive value of the SARS-CoV-2 PCR respiratory assays in asymptomatic children undergoing surgery” presented at the CU CCTSI COVID-19 summit August 2020
  • Rao S et al. The impact of rapid molecular respiratory testing on provider and parental decision making for children with respiratory illness evaluated in an ED setting presented at ID Week, 2020
  • Rao S et al. “Evaluation of the negative predictive value of the SARS-CoV-2 PCR respiratory assays in asymptomatic children undergoing surgery” presented at ID Week, 2020
  • Rao S et al, ID Week –The RAPID trial: Randomized Controlled Trial Assessing Point-of-care Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diagnostics presented at ID Week, 2020
  • Finding Balance in Academics in the time of COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_uzLiTtyq0
  • Windsor WJ, Lamb M, Rao S. “Respiratory Viruses in Children: How Clinical Lab Testing in Research Leads to Better Patient Care.” Presented for: Inter-Mountain State Seminar; October 20, 2020; Jackson, WY.
  • Influenza - information for families
  • Flu vaccine central intranet materials
  • Influenza vaccination Cornerstone Training materials for ambulatory and inpatient nurses
  • “Unbalanced- Finding Balance in Academics in the time of COVID-19” Presented at the Leadership For Innovative Team Science Conference- Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, October 2020
  • Liu EW, Schwartz BS, Hysmith ND, DeVincenzo JP, Larson DT, Maves RC, Palazzi DL, Meyer C, Custodio HT, Braza MM, Al Hammoud R, Rao S, Qvarnstrom Y, Yabsley MJ, Bradbury RS, Montgomery SP. Rat Lungworm Infection Associated with Central Nervous System Disease - Eight U.S. States, January 2011-January 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018 Aug 3;67(30):825-828. PubMed PMID: 30070981
  • Rao S, Fischman V, Moss A, Ziniel SI, Torok MR, McNeely H, Hyman D, Wilson KM, Dempsey AF. Exploring provider and parental perceptions to influenza vaccination in the inpatient setting. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2017 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28872773
  • Shah SS, Srivastava R, Wu S, Colvin JD, Williams DJ, Rangel SJ, Samady W, Rao S, Miller C, Cross C, Clohessy C, Hall M, Localio R, Bryan M, Wu G, Keren R. Intravenous Versus Oral Antibiotics for Postdischarge Treatment of Complicated Pneumonia. Pediatrics. 2016 Dec;138(6). PubMed PMID: 27940695
  • Rao S, Torok MR, Bagdure D, Cunningham MA, Williams JT, Curtis DJ, Wilson K, Dominguez SR. A comparison of H1N1 influenza among pediatric inpatients in the pandemic and post pandemic era. J Clin Virol. 2015 Oct;71:44-50. PubMed PMID: 26370314
  • Dudley RW, Smith C, Dishop M, Mirsky D, Handler MH, Rao S. A cervical spine mass caused by Onchocerca lupi. Lancet. 2015 Oct 3;386(10001):1372. PubMed PMID: 25843892
  • Rao S, Abzug MJ, Carosone-Link P, Peterson T, Child J, Siparksy G, Soranno D, Cadnapaphornchai MA, Simões EA. Intravenous acyclovir and renal dysfunction in children: a matched case control study. J Pediatr. 2015 Jun;166(6):1462-8.e1-4. PubMed PMID: 25708691
  • Rao S, Nyquist AC. Respiratory viruses and their impact in healthcare. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2014 Aug;27(4):342-7. PubMed PMID: 24977685
  • Thyssen A, Mitchell M, Qvarnstrom Y, Rao S, Benke TA, Glodé MP. Eosinophilic meningitis in a previously healthy 13-year-old child. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Feb;32(2):194, 198. PubMed PMID: 23328824
  • Block JP, Marsolo KA, Nagavedu K, Bailey LC, Cruz H , Forrest CB, Haynes K, Hernandez AF, Kaushal R, Kho A, McTigue KM, Nair VP , Platt R, Puro J, Rothman RL, Shenkman E, Waitman LR, Weiner MG, Williams N, Carton TW, Rao S as member of behalf of PCORnet® 13 Network Partners
  • Bailey LC, Razzaghi, H, Burrows EK, Bunnell HT, Camacho PEF, Christakis DA, Eckrich D, Kitzmiller M, Lin SM, Magnusen BC, Newland J, Pajor NM, Ranade D, Rao S, Sofela O, Zahner J, Bruno C, Forrest CB. “Multi-Center Observational Study of 40,000 Pediatric Patients Tested for SARS-CoV-2 Virus across the United States: A Report from PEDSnet” JAMA Pediatrics; 2020
  • Rao S, Child J. “Influenza: Prevention”- Children’s Hospital Colorado Contagious Comments November, 2020 (in press).
  • Rao S, et al. Respiratory Pathogen Testing Considerations for Patients Presenting to Children’s Hospital Colorado During the 2020-2021 Influenza Season- Children’s Hospital Colorado Contagious Comments November, 2020 (in press).
  • Dawood F, Rao S, “Influenza” in: Long S, Pickering LK, Prober CG Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 5th Edition, 7th edition in press
  • Rao S “Polyomaviruses” in: Long S, Pickering LK, Prober CG Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 5th Edition, 6th edition, 7th edition in press
  • Rao S. “Infrared Thermography” Scientific Advisory Committee Guidance Document for Children's Hospital Colorado, June, 2020
  • Rao S. “Negative predictive value of SARS-CoV-2 PCR in pre-operative Sampling” Scientific Advisory Committee Guidance Document for Children's Hospital Colorado, May, 2020
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Member
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society , Member

Practice Locations

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2009)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Infections
  • Child and Teen Health

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Melbourne (2002)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatrics (2013)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2009)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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