Robert Rao, MD Named Chief of Surgery at Northwest Community Hospital

Robert Rao, MD, a veteran, board-certified general surgeon has been named chief of surgery at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights.

Dr. Rao, who has 19 years of experience on staff at NCH, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. He served his general surgery residency at Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

“We are excited to work with Rob in partnership with our surgeons, operating room teams, anesthesia and clinical staff,” NCH CEO Steve Scogna says. “Rob has extensive experience in a number of capacities, including board positions, director roles and committee memberships. His experience will prove to be instrumental in his abilities to lead our surgical services going forward.”

About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year and more than 20,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group’s designation as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates an NCH Easy Access walk-in clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group.


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