Dr. Chethana Rao, MD
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Dr. Chethana Rao, MD


Family Medicine | Female

Prima medicine 3903 Fair Ridge Dr Ste 218 Fairfax, VA 22033 Get Directions

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We believe in providing the best possible care for our patients in a friendly and efficient environment. Our providers are board certified in their specialty and keep up to date with the latest treatments. We have an open door policy with flexible scheduling allowing for same day appointments for urgent issues. We strive to excel and exceed your expectations. We even have Saturday hours to accommodate your busy schedule.


Dr. Chethana Rao, MD is a family medicine doctor who practices in Fairfax, VA. She is 47 years old and has been practicing for 25 years. Dr. Rao is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

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Dr. Rao's Performance
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  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (12)
in Washington, DC |
Dr. Rao is only interested in pushing people to see her friends. I went to her and she tried to get me to go to her friend specialists. I have great specialists and did not want to change. She had her nurse practitioner tell my wife to look for another PCP if we weren't willing to go with the doctors she suggested. I have to say it is the first time I've ever been fired from a doctor's office. She saw how sick my husband was and how much he needed a good doctor but did not care. Not good!
Fairfax, VA |
They do care about money not the patience!
Vienna, VA |
I had been looking for a new doctor when someone recommended Dr. Rao and I couldn't be happier now. The office is modern, the staff is friendly and Dr. Rao herself is very kind and patient. You can tell that she loves what she does and putting her patients at ease is a natural result. My husband and I are so glad to have found Dr. Rao as our regular doctor.
in Fairfax, VA |
She is one of the best Family Medicine doctor in this area. I had been to her twice for my physical exam and follow-up. She is quite friendly, soft-spoken, very knowledgeable about her practice and listens to your problems very patiently. She answers all of your question and explains the pros and cons of every thing she explained. At her office there is less waiting and has built in lab so that you don't have to anywhere else for lab work. I have recommended her to my daughter and wife.
in Ashburn, VA |
I met Dr Rao (aptly rhymes with Wow!) after we moved to Fair Oaks in '10. We are still seeing her though we moved. The Fair Oaks office is next to Harris Teeter on Rt 50. Parking is ltd. W/ a chronic complex set of medical issues, I'm picky. She is available, thorough, a good listener & I just like her! She takes her time. Excellent support staff. Gets copies all my lab work from all docs--reviews them, sends copy home. Usually gets you in promptly for a sick visit. Knows ea visit to ER/hospital
Alexandria, VA |
Dr. Rao's office is the only office I've visited where annual physicals are administered by RNs, not the physician in charge. Nurses call with test results and aren't always informed of your health conditions. (When I was pregnant, my T3 level was predictably low, and an RN said I needed hormone treatment.) Dr. Rao's bedside manner is lacking - she told me I don't have anxiety because "I've seen patients with anxiety," though I've taken prescriptions for it. Her email answers are dismissive.
Fairfax, VA |
The most dedicated MD that I have seen. All my ailments were explained to me in great detail and the overall experience at the office was excellent. I have recommended Dr. Rao to all my friends and Family and will strongly recommend to anyone looking for a Doctor.
in Herndon,VA |
Courteous and pleasent per all visits , Very knowledgeable and gives complete and thorough diagnosis's with follow ups as needed.
Alexandria, VA |
I contacted Dr. Rao with an urgent request - I was in the office an hour and a half later. I complained of a tickle in my chest that was producing a cough with mucus. I was 30 weeks pregnant and she told me it was allergies and to take allergy medicine. Fast forward just five days and I'm in urgent care, same symptoms. They run bloodwork, and chest exray and send me to the ER where I'm then admitted overnight with pneumonia-while pregnant! Cost $800! Dr roa and she didn't care.Warning!!!
in South Riding, VA |
5.0 star rating 4/29/2016 First to Review Medical services with Prima Medicine has been excellent. Dr. Rao is a great physician and she leaves no stone unturned when it comes to diagnosing a medical problem. I recommend Dr. Rao hands down. Two thumbs up!!! Tony & Linda Ashby Chantilly, VA.
in Island Park, NY |
After searching for several years to find the right MD, we found Dr. Rao, who is tops! She is a great clinician, takes time to REALLY listen, is easy to talk to, has a great sense of humor, and treats her patients with respect and courtesy. Her approach to treatment is generally conservative with emphasis on prevention. She does not hesitate to refer to a specialist when necessary. Her availability and responsiveness to email is outstanding.
in Herndon, VA |
Feeling cheated. some tests were performed as part of preventive visit, which were clearly marked as not covered on the insurance document which were handed over to the doctor at time of appointment.(and clearly mentioned no such tests to be performed) Waiting on a resolution for past 4 months, hard to get a response of any kind.
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Dr. Rao's Care Philosophy

We believe in providing the best possible care for our patients in a friendly and efficient environment. Our providers are board certified in their specialty and keep up to date with the latest treatments. We have an open door policy with flexible scheduling allowing for same day appointments for urgent issues. We strive to excel and exceed your expectations. We even have Saturday hours to accommodate your busy schedule.

Dr. Rao's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Family Medicine
  •  Board certified in Internal Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Internal Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Asthma
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Heart Disease
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Skin Lesion
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Weight Loss


  • Medical School
    Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore University

    Graduated in 1992

  • Internship Hospital
    Ut Med Center

    Completed in 1996

  • Residency Hospital
    Penn State Geisinger Med Center

    Completed in 1998

    Ut Med Center

    Completed in 1997

  • Undergraduate School
    Bangalore Med Coll

    Graduated in 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Indian
  • Indic
  • Kannada
  • Spanish

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  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Spirometry
  • Urinalysis