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Ganesh Rao, M.D.

Marc J. Shapiro Professor and Chair
Baylor College of Medicine


Marc J. Shapiro Professor and Chair
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX US


Baylor College of Medicine (Clinic)
Department of Neurosurgery
7200 Cambridge
Suite 9A
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-4696
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  • Board Recertification 2019
    Re-Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Board Certification 2009
    American Board of Neurological Surgery


  • Advanced Training from MD Anderson Cancer Center
    01/2006 - Houston, TX United States
  • Advanced Training from University Of Utah
    01/2005 - Salt Lake City, UT United States
  • M.D. from University Of Arizona College Of Medicine
    01/1998 - Tucson, AZ United States

Professional Statement

I am a board-certified neurosurgeon with a specialty interest in neurosurgical oncology. Prior to being recruited as Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine, I practiced neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 15 years. I have years of experience treating patients with brain and spine tumors. I treat primary brain tumors including low-grade glioma, glioblastoma, and meningioma, as well as metastatic brain tumors. I have also used advanced surgical techniques and novel technologies to treat brain tumors including stereotactic navigation, awake surgery, endoscopy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and laser interstitial thermal therapy. I perform basic and clinical research to understand the causes of glioma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. I am funded by the National Institutes of Health for this research. My primary goal is to provide the best care for my patients. This includes not only the best surgery possible but also compassionate care before and after surgery with continuous contact with the medical team. Professionally, I have served as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2018-2019) and was the Residency Program Director for the Baylor College of Medicine Neurosurgery Residency Program.

Professional Achievements

  • President
    10/2018 - Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Professional Interests

  • The Rao Lab


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology