Nilin M. Rao, DPM, Ph.D., FACFAS | Double Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Foot & Ankle Surgeon


Dr. Rao is a double board-certified, fellowship-trained podiatrist/foot & ankle surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Rao’s comprehensive training included diagnosis and treatment of all disorders in the lower extremities. His specialty interests include trauma/fracture care, foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, advanced arthroscopic techniques, stem cell and injection therapy, cartilage restoration/repair, deformity correction, minimally invasive and traditional bunion surgery, arthritis treatment, sports injuries, and total ankle replacement. He puts his patients first, centering treatment around both patient education and the most up-to-date evidence-based research. Dr. Rao treats his patients like family and takes the time to get to know and understand them. This patient-focused care allows him to work with patients to achieve their specific goals and tailor treatment to each individual’s needs and lifestyle.

Dr. Rao is a Cleveland, OH native, who attended Miami University (Ohio) for his undergraduate studies, where he received a Bachelors in Psychology/Neuroscience. He then pursued simultaneous doctoral degrees from Kent State University, completing his DPM as well as a PhD, in exercise physiology. During this time, Dr. Rao served as student body president and president of the Pi Delta National Honor Society, graduated both degrees Summa Cum Laude, and received several prestigious distinctions including the ABFAS-Michael L. Stone Leadership Award and APMSA- National Student of the Year. He then completed a three-year Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency, with the added credential of Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery, at the Highlands Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year and trained under several podiatric and orthopedic leaders in the profession. This was followed by an additional one-year fellowship in advanced reconstruction, sports medicine and trauma at the prestigious Silicon Valley Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Fellowship with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation-Sutter Health in Mountain View, California.

Dr. Rao is passionate about healing his patients and believes in the constant pursuit of excellence. He has authored several publications in both scientific journals and textbooks. He is the recipient of several awards and distinctions, and speaks regularly at local, state and national meetings and conferences. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. In his free-time, Dr. Rao and his wife enjoy traveling, relaxing and spending time with their new son, family and friends. Dr. Rao and the team at Integrated Orthopedics of Arizona look forward to helping you step by step so that you can put your best foot forward