Center for Plastic Surgery
3299 Woodburn Road, Suite 490
Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: (703) 560-2850
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Center for Plastic Surgery
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 130
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-7700
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Samir S. Rao, MD, FACS

Samir S. Rao, MD, FACS

Dr. Samir Rao is a distinguished and highly regarded plastic surgeon renowned for his exceptional skills in a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. He holds an unwavering commitment to building trust with his patients and providing them with the best, most natural-looking outcomes.

Dr. Rao’s cosmetic artistry and surgical precision contribute to his reputation as a top plastic surgeon serving patients in Washington, DC; Chevy Chase and Bethesda, MD; and Arlington and Fairfax, VA. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which attests to his advanced knowledge, surgical excellence, and dedication to patient safety.

Patient-Centered Philosophy

Dr. Rao places the utmost importance on ensuring your comfort and satisfaction at every step of your surgical journey. He takes the time to listen to his patients, understand their desires, and provide personalized treatment plans that align with their aesthetic goals. His compassionate and caring approach creates a trusting and supportive environment for all patients.

Dr. Rao’s Specialties

A highly talented and versatile physician, Dr. Rao provides a full range of surgical and nonsurgical services. Some of his favorite procedures to perform include:

  • Breast Enhancement Surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction/gynecomastia, and complex revision surgeries
  • Breast Reconstruction using both prosthetic and autologous reconstructive procedures, including DIEP flap surgery, tissue expander placement, direct-to-implant reconstruction, oncoplastic surgery, complex revision procedures, nipple reconstruction, latissimus flap, SIEA flap, TRAM flap, and TUG/VUG/DUG flaps.
  • Body Contouring, including mommy makeover surgery, liposuction, tummy tucks/abdominoplasty, arm lift, thigh lift, body lift, feminine rejuvenation, Brazilian butt lift
  • Facial Rejuvenation, including facelift, neck lift, skin resurfacing, eyelid surgery
Dr. Samir S. Rao, MD credentials including logos for American Board of Plastic Surgery, The Aesthetic Society, American Society or Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, & American College of Surgeons Fellow
Dr. Samir S. Rao, MD credentials including logos for American Board of Plastic Surgery, The Aesthetic Society, American Society or Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, & American College of Surgeons Fellow

“It is a rare day when my work actually feels like work. I have the good fortune of being able to spend my days doing something I love. I consider it an honor and privilege to treat each and every patient I see. My goal is to ensure that all my patients have the best possible experience and outcome, and I will work tirelessly until that is achieved.”

Dr. Samir Rao

Education & Training

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Rao earned his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Rochester, where he graduated with honors. After changing his career path to medicine, he attended medical school at The George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into the highly prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honors Society. 

Following medical school, Dr. Rao gained acceptance into one of the country’s most competitive and elite plastic surgery residency programs at Georgetown University Hospital.  While there, he trained under Dr. Scott Spear, a world-renowned cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery expert.  Given his interest in reconstructive microsurgery, Dr. Rao also completed training in advanced microsurgical techniques at The Curtis National Hand Center Microsurgical Training Program.

Recognition & Awards

Dr. Rao’s exceptional skills and dedication have earned him numerous accolades. He has been a perennial selection for the Washingtonian magazine Top Doctors issue, as well as a Top Doctor selection in both Northern Virginia and Bethesda magazines. He has also been named one of America’s Best Physicians by the National Consumer Advisory Board.

Dr. Rao is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also the President of the National Capitol Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Considered a thought leader in plastic surgery, Dr. Rao has served as an advisor to multiple breast implant manufacturers. His academic works have been published or presented nearly 30 times in leading plastic surgery journals and at prestigious national conferences. Dr. Rao also serves as a peer reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the pre-eminent medical journal in the field of plastic surgery.

To meet with Dr. Rao about your surgical and nonsurgical needs, please request a consultation or call us at (703) 560-2850 today.

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