Dr. Abdul Rao was the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at USF Health
USF Health aims to ameliorate health in the wider environment, in communities, and for individuals. USF Health has, as its core, the three colleges of Public Health, Nursing and Medicine, including a School of Physical Therapy, as well as the healthcare delivered by its clinicians.
Abdul S. Rao, MD, MA, DPhil, served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at USF Health, and Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Medicine. At USF Health, Abdul Rao was the leader of the research for the three USF colleges of medicine, nursing and public health.
He helped to seamlessly bridge research across USF and USF Health campuses. Dr. Abdul Rao said, "I am very excited about this opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students at USF Health to enhance its research capacity and to continue to improve the quality of its graduate programs.
There is an enormous potential for growth of basic, translational, and clinical research at USF Health and the prospect of developing productive collaborations between faculty and students in the College/Schools at USF, the Moffitt Cancer Center, the All Children's Hospital, and many other local and regional affiliates.
Dr. Abdul Rao has been the Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs and Dean, College of Graduate Studies at the Middle Tennessee State University, where he was a Professor of Biology. He also served as the Chair of the Research Council for the Tennessee Board of Regents -
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Dr. Abdul S. Rao did his medical degree from Dow Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan, in 1983. After completing his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery, Abdul Rao joined the Department of Physiology, Boston University School of Medicine and graduated in 1989 with a M.A., in Physiology.
He completed a year of post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Abdul Rao joined the Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, as a Clinical Instructor from 1990-1993. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil., (Doctor of Philosophy) in Transplantation Immunology in 1993.