Mr Vittal Rao is a consultant surgeon in Staffordshire with a sub-speciality in upper GI (gastrointestinal) and bariatric surgery.
He is extensively trained in a wide range of simple and complex procedures. This includes surgery for weight loss (gastric bypass and gastric sleeve), which is also one of his main research interests. Mr Rao is an expert in this field and has gained years of professional expertise in treating obesity and metabolic issues. What's more, he is a member of the British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).
Mr Rao is also trained in the surgical treatment of hernias (umbilical, paraumbilical and inguinal) as well as complex reflux disease and gallstones. Having spent years mastering numerous procedures such as laparoscopic surgery and keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques by regularly attending professional courses, he ensures patients receive the best outcomes possible. Furthermore, he offers diagnostic assistance through the use of endoscopy and emergency surgery for conditions relating to the gastrointestinal tract and trauma.
Patient care and safety aren't the only passions of his career, in fact, Mr Rao is also an active participant in research and teaching. His publications on ResearchGate have over 5,000 reads, he has presented over 30 abstracts in various national and international conferences and has also published over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to this, he is an editorial board member and peer reviewer for several publications. With his research, he aims to improve patient care through innovation. As for teaching, he shares his professional expertise with future specialists as an honorary lecturer at Keele University.
Mr Rao is part of Infinity Surgery, a group of highly experienced bariatric and upper gastrointestinal surgeons.