T K Sreepada Rao

name = Dr. T K Sreepada Rao
birth_date = birth date|1940|11|7
birth_place = Kolar, India
nationality = Indian
field = Medicine
alma_mater = Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore
work_institution = State University of New York (SUNY)
Downstate Medical Center
known_for = Drug related Nephropathy
prizes =
religion = Hindu
footnotes =

Dr. T. K. Sreepada Rao (born November 7, 1940) is an Indian nephrologist.Cite web|url=http://www.deccanherald.com/archives/feb212006/spectrum1051522006220.asp|title=From a small town to Downtown|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=November 29|publisher=The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd|author=Deccan Herald] His biggest scientific achievement is discovering two new renal diseased namely Nephropathy associated with Intravenous heroin addiction in early 1970's, and Nephropathy associated with HIV infection in early 80's. His professional achievement was to transport two cadaver donor kidneys from New York to Bombay, and participate in the renal transplantation when such concept was unknown in India.

Early life

Rao was born in a Madhwa family in Kolar, Karnataka, India. He was the 5th child of Krishnamurthy and Indira. His father was Railway Station master who died of Heart attack when Sreepad was 6 year old.


His early schooling was in Channapatna, Karnataka. He stayed in Ramakrishna Vidyarthinilaya on Bull temple road, Bangalore to complete pre-university and medicine. He completed his Medical degree from Bangalore Medical College with 4 gold medals. In 1967, he left for New York, in the United States to do his residency. In 1971, he was awarded a fellowship from the State University of New York (SUNY). His thesis was on "Drug Abusers and Kidney Disease".


Rao started working for SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He was a professor of medicine, Associate Director of Renal Diseases Division at Downtown State medical center. He is the founding member, past president, and chairman of American Association of Physicians of Long Island chapter.Fact|date=December 2007

Dr.Rao, was the nephrologist who cared for Jayaprakash Narayan when he visited the United States. He was also nephrologist in charge of the Honorable M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, and the Honorable Chenna Reddy, Chief Minister of Andrapradesh, both of whom underwent renal transplantation in United States. He was also consultant for Governor of Pondicherry who suffered renal insufficiency.

For his achievements he has been awarded honorary degrees from Madras University, and Manipal University. He is also honorary visiting professor at Rajiv Gandhi University in Karnataka state.Fact|date=December 2007

Personal life

Rao is married to Pushpa, and has two children. He lives in Long Island, New York.


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