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Varuni Rao, DO

Rheumatology
Accepts New Patients
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About
Varuni Rao, DO specializes in management of various autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, crystal induced arthropathies, and other musculoskeletal disorders. She began her medical career at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. Her internship and residency in Internal Medicine took place at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York where she was named Chief Resident and awarded Best Resident in Ambulatory Clinic/Continuity of Care. She also completed her fellowship in Rheumatology there. Dr. Rao accepts most insurance plans and is taking new patients.

LanguagesEnglish
Ages SeenAdults, Geriatrics
Hospital Affiliations
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano
Insurance Accepted
*Accepted plans and benefits may vary by location.
INSURANCE PLAN
ACCEPTS NEW PATIENTS
Aetna - HMO
Accepts New Patients
Aetna - Open Access Elect Choice
Accepts New Patients
Aetna - Open Access HMO
Accepts New Patients
Aetna - Open Access Managed Choice
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Aetna - QPOS
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Aetna - US Access
Accepts New Patients
Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance - DFW ConnectedCare
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Bronze
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Gold
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Silver
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice Plus
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice PPO
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Federal Select PPO
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - EFH Retirees
Accepts New Patients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - Oncor
Accepts New Patients
Cigna - CAC Plan
Accepts New Patients
Cigna - Great West Open Access PPO-Open Access
Accepts New Patients
Cigna - Great West POS
Accepts New Patients
Cigna - Great West PPO
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Cigna - Open Access Plus
Accepts New Patients
Cigna - PPO
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First Health - First Health PPO
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Healthscope - DART ACO
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Healthscope - DART ACO Flex
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart PPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care EPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care GEPO
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Humana - ChoiceCare Preferred Network
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Humana - Commercial PPO Plans
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Humana - Medicare Advantage Plans
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Imagine Health - EPN
Accepts New Patients
Medicaid - Traditional Medicaid
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Medicare - Traditional Medicare
Accepts New Patients
PHCS Network - Beech Street of Texas PPO
Accepts New Patients
PHCS Network - Private Health Care System PPO
Accepts New Patients
Superior - Ambetter Balance Care - Silver
Accepts New Patients
Superior - Ambetter Essential Care - Bronze
Accepts New Patients
Superior - Ambetter Secure Care - Gold
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - AARP Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Charter EPO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Charter HMO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Charter POS
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UnitedHealth - Choice +HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice EPO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Choice HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice Plus POS
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Core Choice Plus POS
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Core EPO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Core HMO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Dual Complete Medicare Advantage
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Group Medicare Advantage
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Medicare Complete
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Medicare Gold
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Medicare Silver
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Navigate EPO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Navigate HMO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Navigate POS
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Nexus ACO OA
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - NexusACO R
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - PPO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Select EPO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Select HMO
Accepts New Patients
UnitedHealth - Select Plus POS
Accepts New Patients
Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please call the physician's office or health plan to verify coverage information prior to scheduling your visit or procedure. PPO Network Agreements include participating Employers and/or Administrator only. Not all members participating in contracted networks have in network access. Networks include Beech Street, HealthSmart, PHCS and Texas True Choice. In network participation is updated on a monthly basis by the network.
Background
Education
  • Medical School: New York College Of Osteopathic Medicine, Ny (2005)
  • Education: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005)
  • Internship: Internal Medicine, New York Westchester Square Medical (2006)
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, New York Westchester Square Medical (2009)
  • Fellowship: Westchester Medical Center (2011)
Certifications
  • Rheumatology - American Board of Internal Med/Rheumatology
Industry Relationships

Baylor Scott & White Health’s vision is to be the most trusted name in giving and receiving safe, quality, compassionate healthcare. As part of that vision, Baylor Scott & White Health is committed to dealing honestly, fairly and with integrity in all matters to provide exemplary patient care, broaden medical knowledge, train the next generation of physicians and support outside relationships that promise public benefit.To that end, Baylor Scott & White Health physicians may collaborate with health care industry partners such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies (collectively referred to as Industry) to help develop medical breakthroughs, or provide medical expertise or education.To promote professional and commercial integrity in such matters, physicians who are employed, contracted for administrative duties or performing research with Baylor Scott & White Health seek advanced approval for certain new Industry relationships, and report their Industry relationships and activities to the Office of Corporate Compliance annually for review.

Baylor Scott & White Health publicly discloses reported payments to these physicians and their immediate family members of $5,000 or more from Industry companies with which the physicians interact as part of their professional activities.The information on this website may differ somewhat from information on other publicly available databases due to different reporting periods, definitions, or reporting requirements.Patients may visit CMS’ Open Payments Database for more information, and should feel free to speak with their physician about relationships with Industry.

As of May 11, 2020, Varuni Rao, DO  has reported no outside relationship with Industry that is applicable to this listing.

Reviews(277)
Overall: 4.8*
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May 25, 2020
I have the best care and very detailed information given to me by Dr Rao. She is so caring, friendly, easy to understand and had told me a lot of things that I needed to know about my problem and answered all my concerned. She showed that she really cares for us and she should that she love and care for her patients. I felt at ease and comfortable talking to her about my issues. She's an awesome Doctor and we need more of her kindness. Overall this office is very professional and looks very clean.
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May 22, 2020
The doctor listened to me. She was kind and understanding.
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May 20, 2020
attentive to health issue,inclusive to care plan, detailed care with needed testings
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May 18, 2020
I just love Dr Rao. I have a hard time of hearing and she is so patient and willing to repeat her sentence if I don't hear or understand her. she is so sweet and understanding and takes the time to explain everything to me. I rate her real high in her professional way and she always treats me real special.
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May 14, 2020
Doctor Rao was very informative and I learned a lot!
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May 13, 2020
very very nice!!!
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May 8, 2020
overall excellent visit with Dr Rao and her staff.
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May 6, 2020
She was kind, sensible to my problem, knowledgeable and professional.
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May 6, 2020
Great doctor. Very well informed and really took time to listen.
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May 5, 2020
Dr. Rao was very kind and answered all my questions in great detail. very happy with my visit
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Apr 26, 2020
The doctor and nurse gave me good care . l truly thankful for your service.
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Apr 23, 2020
Dr. Rao was very informative about my medical care and treatment. She is compassionate, courteous, kind, understanding, and knowledgeable.
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Apr 6, 2020
Dr. Rao, was very knowledgable and able to explain what was going on in terms I could understand (Scientific). She took the time to get to know me as a person. I was involved in the decision for further course of action. She treated me as a whole person not just a disease.
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Apr 5, 2020
Dr Rao is the best doctor I've ever had care for me. She is truly a blessing and I've recommended her to several people.
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Mar 23, 2020
this was my initial visit and the Doctor spent a good amount of time with me discussing my case
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Mar 23, 2020
Dr. Rau is prompt and takes the time to listen and explain things. I trust her and am happy that she is my doctor
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Mar 17, 2020
Dr. V. Rao is a gift to my mother and family. She always show genuine concern for my mother's care. My mother has dementia as well as rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Rao never rushes through her time with my mother. She takes time to explain, sometimes more than once, my mother her condition and what's next. Dr. Rao is a true care provider and a person who goes far beyond from what I have experienced from doctors, to make her patients and family comfortable. Thank you Dr. Rao...you are so appreciated.
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Mar 14, 2020
They were amazing!
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Mar 13, 2020
very attentive and listening to my concerns and compassionate, seemed to really care about getting me help
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Mar 13, 2020
Dr. Rao (and the whole staff) was fantastic! One of the best doctors I've ever been to. She listened, she took my whole health history into consideration, she explained and gave me lifestyle advice as well as medical. She really was just fantastic.
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Mar 12, 2020
Friendliest and most caring doctor, she was so friendly and allowed all my questions.
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Mar 6, 2020
She was awesome. She took the time and walked me through everything.
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Mar 3, 2020
I loved Dr. Rao. She was so kind, thorough, and patient. I never felt rushed as she diagnosed and explained my condition.
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Mar 2, 2020
Dr Rao is truly extraordinary! Not only does she know everything about my condition, RA, she is the kindest, most thoughtful physician I have ever worked with. She remembers personal things about me and asks about them, even though we only see each other every 3-4 months. She is very attentive to even the smallest ways to help me decrease the discomfort and inconvenience of having RA. I feel great and experience very little limitation in my life because of my condition. Her advice and treatments are just right and I am immensely grateful she is my physician.
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Mar 2, 2020
very knowledgeable and caring. She took time to review my test results in depth with me.
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Mar 2, 2020
She was very caring took her time to explain my medical condition to where I can understand. Job well done.
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Feb 22, 2020
excellent
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Feb 21, 2020
She spent a significant time explaining my test results and treatment options in a way I could easily understand. Very pleasant to talk with.
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Feb 20, 2020
She is very caring and explains my condition in terms I can understand
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Feb 20, 2020
very good care. Dr Rao made many referrals and was very helpful
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Feb 19, 2020
I love Dr. Punjabi!! She makes you feel like you're her only patient. She is so easy to talk to and truly listens to you. She always includes you in the treatment plan too.
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Feb 18, 2020
New patient and I am glad I connected with Dr. Rao
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Feb 17, 2020
Dr Rao took the time to explain everything to me in detail. I did not feel rushed at all doing my visit. I know better understand what's going on with my body and what I can do to make it better.
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Feb 17, 2020
I absolutely love Dr. Rao! She took extra time to explain things to me about my condition that I didn't know. Her staff is exceptional and I would recommend Dr. Rao to anyone needing a rheumatologist.
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Feb 16, 2020
Dr Rao was so caring and made me feel she understood my issues, she never rushed through my appointment, making me feel she really understood my concerns.
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Feb 15, 2020
Dr Rao is an exceptional provider. She's very thorough and caring.
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Feb 10, 2020
I love the doctor because she is very hands on in take her time in not rush. she answers all questions in will explain it more clearly to the point that you can understand her.
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Feb 9, 2020
Excelent atention. Friendly, good manners.
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Feb 8, 2020
always a great experience
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Feb 8, 2020
Listened to me. Presented and discussed options for my consideration. Pleasant manner and clear communication.
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Feb 8, 2020
Dr.Rao is the best care provider that I have!
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Feb 7, 2020
I love Dr. Rao, best Doctor I've ever had
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Feb 6, 2020
I was very comfortable with Dr. Rao.She was clear answering my questions and made easy to understand what my arthritis problems are about. Also she explained II should get compression gloves to help me. Also Dr. Rao gave me a few sheets with hand exercises to help me. I was very happy with the way Dr. Rao put me at ease.
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Feb 6, 2020
Thorough exam and clear instructions. Very pleasant visit snd confidence in care.
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Feb 6, 2020
dr. Raul always make sure that my medication is called in or sent to the right pharmacy.Always ensures that I know everything about the medication that I'm taking and up dates my information. Very Attentive and polite
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Feb 4, 2020
Dr.Rao is amazing, she showed empathy and a great deal of concern!
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Feb 2, 2020
She was very friendly, cared about my health and very easy to talk to.
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Jan 24, 2020
I like Dr. Rao, but she argued with me concerning an event from a previous visit. Didn't like that
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Jan 24, 2020
Dr. Rao is one of my very favorite drs! She is ALWAYS awesome. Just love her
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Jan 23, 2020
takes time out 2 talk 2 you i like that
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Jan 22, 2020
listened. discussed various treatment plans. general caring nature. so glad I found Dr Rao
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Jan 22, 2020
Dr. Rao and her staff are always professional and very caring everytime I visit them.
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Jan 22, 2020
Very positive experience. will come back for future needs.
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Jan 22, 2020
Professional, competent, caring.
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Jan 22, 2020
Very easy to talk to, friendly, thorough in her field.
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Jan 22, 2020
Dr. Rao was very professional and thorough in her involvement with me in the physical problems I have. She was helpful in her explanations of what is occurring in this affliction.
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Jan 21, 2020
Dr Rao is amazing. She was attentive and informative. I didn't feel like she was rushing to get through my appointment so she could get to the next one - which is how I feel at many other doctors. she listened and investigated my issues and made me feel really well cared for. I left feeling informed, had a plan moving forward and feeling quite comfortable contacting her if I have questions outside of my appointment.
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Jan 20, 2020
everyone in this office has always been courteous, professional, and friendly to me. Dr. Rao is a wonderful Doctor Who is compassionate, knowledgeable, and truly cares about my well-being. She always includes me in my treatment plan and answers every question thoroughly and with patience. I would recommend this doctor and this office to anyone.
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Jan 16, 2020
provided clear instructions. I'm on the mend using the prescribed medication.
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Jan 15, 2020
Very pleased with BSW, the care and professionalism particularly of Dr. Rao.
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Jan 15, 2020
Very caring provider, spends lots of time with you.
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Jan 15, 2020
when I arrived, I was in a tremendous amount of pain and Dr Rao was very empathic and came up with a solution. I'm so grateful!
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