Physician’s Profile

Roshni Rao, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of Breast Surgery

Dr. Roshni Rao, a renowned expert in breast care, is the chief of the Breast Surgery Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, effective October 3. She will also serve as associate professor of surgery at Columbia University Medical Center.

A skilled surgeon who is passionate in her commitment to breast health and her patients, Dr. Rao has expertise in the treatment of breast cancer that has spread to the areas surrounding the breast, known as locally advanced breast cancer; in addition to breast cancer that has spread further to other parts of the body, metastatic breast cancer. Her groundbreaking research includes the positive effects of exercise for patients with breast cancer who are preparing for surgery, and the impact of ethnicity on the risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer (when the three receptors known to fuel most breast cancers; estrogen, progesterone, and the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2; are not present in the cancer tumor).

Dr. Rao oversees the breast cancer surgery program at the Comprehensive Breast Center of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, a multi-site, multi-disciplinary entity that incorporates the legacy of innovation and trust associated with the Columbia University Medical Center. She will collaborate closely with its team of specialists across every discipline, including radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons and other breast cancer support staff.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia has had a tremendous multidisciplinary program for decades, marked by a thoughtful team approach towards each patient who walks in the door and their particular case, said Dr. Rao. "Women going through breast cancer are very motivated to get better, and I plan on building on this program’s tradition of helping these individuals survive and thrive. The team here has taken great care of patients for many years, and I look forward to continuing that care.”

Dr. Rao was repeatedly recognized with awards for her leadership at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where she served as the director of the George N. Peters Center for Breast Surgery prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. She was elected by her peers to be a Best Doctors in Dallas; in breast surgery every year from 2009 to 2017.

Dr. Rao received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She completed a general surgery residency at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology. She is currently the chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Rao serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Surgical Oncology, and has served as a reviewer for Cancer and other journals. Her work has been published in these journals and many other surgical and oncology publications.

Board Certificates
Areas of Expertise:
  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Cancer
Honors & Awards:

Mentor/Senior Author for Best Poster, UTSW Department of Surgery Research Forum, May 2016

Excellence in Patient and Family Centered Care Award, UTSW Department of Surgery, June 2015

Outstanding Medical Staff Leadership as Chief of Staff, UTSW Hospitals, November 2015

Mentor/Senior Author for Best Oncology Paper, North Texas American College of Surgeons Meeting, February 2014

Best Doctors in Dallas, Breast Surgery, 2009-2017 (annual election with recognition)

Commission on Cancer, Physician Liaison, Parkland Hospital, 2008 – 2013

Elected Member at Large to Medical Service Research and Development Plan (MSRDP) Board, UTSW, 2012 - 2014

Nominee, DFW Hospital Council Physician of the Year, 2010

Mentor/Senior Author for Best Clinical Paper, UTSW Department of Surgery Research Forum, May 2010

Mentor/Senior Author for Best Oncology Paper, North Texas American College of Surgeons Meeting, February 2010

Tumor Registry Quality Control Physician, 2008

Miami Breast Conference, Moderator, 2005

School of Breast Oncology, Fellowship Award, 2004

Tufts University School of Medicine Excellence in Resident Teaching Award, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004

William Sheldon Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, 1999

Overall Honors Certificate, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, 1998

Conley Scholar, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1995


Jones T, Jones S, Shukla R. Short latency evoked potentials in the Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) Journal of Comparative Physiology, 1997,180:631-638. 

Jones SM, Warren LE, Shukla R, Browning A, Fuller CA, Jones TA. The effects of hypergravity and substrate vibration on vestibular function in developing chickens. Journal of Gravitational Physiology, 2000, 7(3):31-44

Ganai S, Garb JL, Kanumuri P, Rao R, Alexander AI, Wait RB. Mapping the Rectum: Spatial Analysis of Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgical Outcomes Using GIS Technology. J Gastrointest Surg. 2006 Jan;10(1):22-31.

Ganai S, Kanumuri P, Rao R, Alexander AI. Local Recurrence After Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery for Rectal Polyps and Early Cancers. Ann Surg Oncol. 2006 Apr; 13(4): 547-556.

Babiera GV, Rao R, Feng L, Meric-Bernstam F, Kuerer HM, Singletary SE, Hunt KK, Ross MI, Gwyn KM, Feig BW, Ames FC, Hortobagyi GN. Effect of Primary Tumor Extirpation in Breast Cancer Patients Who Present with Stage IV Disease and an Intact Primary Tumor. Ann Surg Oncol. 2006 Jun; 13(6): 776-782.