Dr. Santi Rao, MD

Dr. Santi Rao, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  

Accepting new patients

Dr. Santi Rao, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Concord, CA and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences in 1972 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic spine surgery, and more.Read his story

Calfornia Spine Care

2291 Pacheco St

Concord, CA 94520
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Benesys
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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

Back Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 91% of peers
more than 86% of peers

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Dr. Rao's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rao "This whole process is about YOU, not us! And you are not feeling too well right now. Our commitment to you = We will do whatever possible to get you the best health care!"

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Rao "Our goal is leave nothing undone, for your relief.

It is after all, about you and your life.

We will offer a comprehensive diagnosis, with explanation of your options, and how to make a decision, whatever that may be.

You are encouraged to discuss everything with your family and friends.

We are here to provide the medical care that you need, if and when you so choose."



  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Upper Back Pain


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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.


  • Armed Forces Med Coll
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • University of Pune / Armed Forces Medical College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1972
  • Muhlenberg Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1976
  • State University of New York Health Science Center-Brooklyn
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • City Hosp Germany
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • University of Southern California
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rao has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

is a Healthgrades Top-Rated Hospital

Hospital Quality

2018 Five Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement

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Dr. Rao's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rao to family and friends
based on 9 total reviews (3 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (9)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Rao's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Rao Says:

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Patient Comments (3)

in San Luis Obispo, CA
Dr. Rao performed my back surgery in 2003. He was very professional and personal in the diagnosis and treatment of my problem, and in helping me to understand the process and what to expect afterward. Since that time, I have had no major issues with my back (except the occasional self inflicted...more
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in Walnut Creek, CA
I had my first appointment with Dr. Rao yesterday. I have been through double back surgeries and multiple doctors to find help. I have to say Dr. Rao completely gave 100% of his time and attention to me . His caring manner helped to ease my anxiety. I deeply believe Dr. Rao is an amazing person...more
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in Pittsburg, CA
I had a car accident that caused me to hurt my back. Dr. Rao is so caring and has a great bedside manner. He does everything he can to help you. His staff is always willing to help you!
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