Veena S. Rao, M.D., M.Sc.

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Rao conducts research promoting advances in glaucoma clinical care and patient education, with a primary interest in treatment adherence. Specifically, she has worked on developing educational interventions and assessments for glaucoma patients, and investigated the usefulness of laser trabeculoplasty for patients with medication adherence difficulties. She has also investigated novel surgical techniques, such as the simultaneous implantation of Ahmed and Baerveldt glaucoma drainage devices for uncontrolled intraocular pressure.

Selected Publications

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Rao V and Woodward J. “Management of Benign Essential Blepharospasm." Pearls and Pitfalls in Oculoplastic Surgery. Second Edition. Eds. Morris E. Hartstein, John B. Holds, Guy G. Massry. New York: Springer Science. 2014.

Development of Bilateral Acquired Toxoplasmic Retinochoroiditis During Erlotinib Therapy. Rao V, Schneider E, Proia A, Fekrat S. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2014;132:1150-1152.

Reversing Facial Fillers: Interactions Between Hyaluronidase and Commercially Available Hyaluronic-Acid Based Fillers. Rao V, Chi S, Woodward J. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 2014;13:1053-1056.

Effects of proinflammatory cytokines on the claudin-19 rich tight junctions of human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Peng S, Gan G, Rao VS, Adelman RA, Rizzolo LJ. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2012;53:5016-5028.

Effects of music therapy on intravitreal injections: a randomized clinical trial. Chen X, Seth RK, Rao VS, Huang JJ, Adelman RA. Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2012;28:414-419.

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2005: BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biology and English
2006: MSc, University of Oxford, Biology, Integrative Bioscience
2011: MD, Yale University School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

Duke Eye Center, Duke University School of Medicine, Resident (7/2012-6/2015)
Duke Eye Center, Duke University School of Medicine, Glaucoma Fellow (7/2015-7/2016)


2005 – Clarendon Fund Bursary Scholarship, Oxford University
2011 – Farr Scholar, Yale University
2011 – Peter F. Curran Prize, Yale University
2013 – Cosmetic Surgery Forum Residents and Fellows Program Grant Award
2015 – The K. Alexander Kastgheib, MD, Eye Surgery Award, Duke Eye Center