Dr. Ishu Rao, MD

Dr. Ishu Rao, MD

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology  ·  
Male  ·  
48 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Ishu Rao, MD is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist in Ventura, CA and has been practicing for 16 years. He specializes in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.Read his story

Rao Cardiac Arrhythmia

100 N Brent St Ste 301

Ventura, CA 93003
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Rao performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Cardiac Electrophysiology
very high
more than 92% of peers
Atrial Flutter
more than 83% of peers
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
more than 83% of peers

Dr. Rao's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Rao's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rao "Dr. Ishu Rao is a Board Certified Cardiac Electrophysiologist based in Ventura, California where he practices at the Community Memorial Hospital of Ventura (CMH) and serves as the institution's Director of EP Services. Dr. Rao completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA), Internal Medicine residency at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), Cardiology Fellowship training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Torrance, CA), and EP training at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan (Los Angeles, CA). He is Board Certified in Cardiology and Electrophysiology. Dr. Rao is adept at performing all manner of Electrophysiology procedures, including ablations for Atrial Fibrillation (AF), Atrial Flutter, SVT, and VT. He has long been regarded an expert in device implantation and management as well, and is the region's only physician who regularly performs lead extraction procedures. His mastery in all aspects of EP has made him a sought after speaker and educator for industry and professional societies alike. He has spoken on AF management and ablation, device implantation techniques, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and many other topics. Fellows in training, patient groups, and the Heart Rhythm Society have all benefited from his teaching skill and expertise. He has served as a hands-on proctor for Pacemaker and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy implant courses, as well as a simulator trainer for both the Guidant and St. Jude Medical Corporations. In the summer of 2012, he served as an invited proctor to teach Electrophysiologists in India advanced techniques in AF ablation. Dr. Rao adeptly blends a sophisticated skillset and an effective teaching style to provide unique educational experiences to physicians, trainees, and patients. Now in his second decade of private practice, Dr. Rao continues to lead the region in delivering state of the art, contemporary EP care to the patients of the Central California coast. His diverse Electrophysiology practice boasts volumes comparable to operators at large institutions across the United States."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Rao "Offers high-quality, individualized care with compassion. Believes communication and collaboration with patients is the foundation for effective relationships. Through effective education, patients are empowered to partner in their care and achieve their health goals."

1  Specialties

  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

1  Board Certifications

  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

43  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Hypertension
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19  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • Baylor College Of Med
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Baylor College Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Harbor UCLA
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Hospital Of The Good Samaritan
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rao has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rao's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rao to family and friends
10 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (10)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Rao's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Dr. Rao was not the problem, he seemed quite competent. The major issue is his staff. They do not return calls, give incorrect information for when you are scheduled for an appointment and/or procedure. In addition, they call to tell you that you need to reschedule your appointment a day in advance...more
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Never did lab work prior to procedure, procedure failed and I am worse off now then before the ablation. Contacted their office after 2nd bout in ER and never even received the courtesy of a return call. Very disappointed and discouraged in the lack of care for the patient. Would never refer...more
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This is patently false. I do not perform procedures without obtaining necessary pre-operative lab work and tests. I strongly doubt the veracity of this review. Please contact me via my email to further discuss.

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Dr Rao, has given me 3 ablations, he has great knowledge and skill to help you with your atrial Fibrillation. He also has a wonderful personality and knowledge of health in general, mind, body and spirit.
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