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Dr. Vijay Rao K R

Dr. Vijay Rao K R

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18 Years Experience Overall  (11 years as specialist)

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Dr Vijay KR Rao is Consultant Rheumatologist at Divisha Arthritis and Medical Center and Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, India. Dr Rao studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College. He then underwent specialist training Internal Medicine in West Midlands, UK and obtained his MRCP (UK), General Medicine qualification. He further underwent super specialist training in Rheumatology in some of the reputed centers in the UK and obtained MRCP (UK) Rheumatology qualification. He also did a fellowship in SLE and Rheumatic diseases in pregnancy at the prestigious Lupus UK Center of Excellence, Birmingham under the mentorship of Professor Caroline Gordon. He was awarded the prestigious FRCP degree from the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh Scotland UK in 2016. He has worked as a consultant rheumatologist in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK before taking up his current position at Manipal Hospitals.Dr Vijay KR Rao’s research interests include lupus, connective tissue disease and the management of rheumatic diseases in pregnancy and he has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters on these topics.He has been an invited speaker at several national and international rheumatology meetings and is a sub-investigator for several trials of therapies for lupus and inflammatory arthritis.He is Assistant Editor for the Indian Journal of Rheumatology and is a member of the Indian Rheumatology Association, and the British Society of Rheumatology.He is also an examiner for MRCP exams held in India.

Jayanagar 9 Block, Bangalore

Malathi Manipal Hospital


45/1, 45th Cross, Marenahalli Road, Phase II, Landmark: Next To Big Bazar & Opposite To Bangalore Central, Bangalore

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02:00 - 04:00

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Basaveshwaranagar, Bangalore

Divisha Arthritis and Medical Center


No- 500/A, 1st G Cross, 8th Main Road,4th Block, 3rd Stage, pin-560079, Landmark: Near Deccan Apartments, Bangalore

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Old Airport Road, Bangalore

Manipal Hospital


98, Kodihalli, Landmark: HAL Bus Stop, Bangalore

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Mon - Sat

09:00 - 01:00

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Common questions & answers

Q: Who is a rheumatologist?

A: A rheumatologist may be an internal medicine physician or a paediatrician who is further specialized to diagnose and treat muscular, joints or autoimmune diseases similar to rheumatoid arthritis.

Q: What diseases does a rheumatologist treat?

A: A rheumatologist can treat diseases like gout, osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, spondyloarthropathies, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus.

Q: What are the symptoms for which you need to see a rheumatologist?

A: You can see a rheumatologist for symptoms like back pain, joint pain, rashes, swelling in joints, itching or dry mouth, repeated fevers, bruising over skin, stiffness in joints or back, etc.

Q: Is a rheumatologist, and an orthopaedic doctor the same?

A: No, an orthopaedic doctor can only treat joint and bones related problems. However, a rheumatologist in addition to musculoskeletal diseases also treats unexplained fever, rashes and systemic autoimmune disorders.

Q: Does a rheumatologist treat bone cancer?

A: A rheumatologist is only specialized in non-surgical treatments. Bone cancer can be treated by an orthopaedic surgeon.


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Sjogrens Syndrome Treatment
Connective Tissue
Cartilage Disorders
Vasculitis Treatment
Pregnancy in Rheumatic
Neck pain
Disc Pain
Limb Pain
Heel pain


Awards and Recognitions

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First prize, oral presentation, Biologic switches in rheumatoid arthritis: “To what extent are we following the NICE guidance”? Midlands regional audit presentation, Midlands Rheumatology Society meeting - 2013
First prize, oral presentation, choose & book. Advice and guidance offered to general practitioners. Do rheumatologists agree, Midland Rheumatology Society meeting, Stafford - 2013
Rao VK. Fertility and pregnancy in systemic sclerosis and other autoimmune rheumatic diseases - 2013
Ding HJ, Denniston AK, Rao VK, Gordon C. Hydroxychloroquine-related retinal toxicity. Rheumatology (Oxford) - 2015
Rao V, Gordon C. Evaluation of epratuzumab as a biologic therapy in lupus. Immunotherapy - 2014


MBBS - Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, 2002
MRCP (UK) - Royal College Of Physician, London, 2009


British Society of Rheumatology
Indian Medical Association (IMA)
Membership of Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP)
Indian Rheumatology Association


2017 - 2017 Consultant Rheumatologist at Divisha Arthritis and Medical Center
2016 - 2017 Consultant Rheumatologist at Manipal Hospital
2013 - 2014 Consultant Rheumatologist at Queens Elizezabeth Hospital, (UK)
2013 - 2014 Consultant Rheumatologist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK


66826 Karnataka Medical Council, 2003

Trainings and Certifications

MRCP Rheumatology - Royal Colleges Of Physicians Of Edinburgh, Uk, 2013
CCT - Rheumatology - Royal Colleges Of Physicians,london, Uk, 2013
FRCP (UK) - Royal Colleges Of Physicians Of Edinburgh, Uk, 2016
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