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Surita Rao, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, UConn Psychiatry Residency Program
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1410
Phone: 860-679-2675


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Dr. Surita Rao is an associate professor and director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the UConn School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Rao was the service medical director in the Whiting Forensic Division, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services from November 2014 through October 2015. She was chair and director of the behavioral health service line at Saint Francis Care from December 2002 through October 2014.

Dr. Rao has been on the faculty at both Yale and Emory Universities, and has been on the UConn School of Medicine faculty since 2008. Her clinical work has focused on addiction psychiatry. Upon completing her fellowship training, she worked as the medical director of the Methadone Maintenance Clinics at Yale University School of Medicine. She has worked with impaired physicians and other health care professionals.

Dr. Rao is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is vice chair of their national membership committee. She is past president of the Connecticut chapter of ASAM. Dr. Rao was chair of the physicians’ health committee at Saint Francis. She also serves on the board of the Hartford Dispensary.

She's done a variety of media appearances on television and radio over her career, including appearances on CNN and a pilot series of a radio show on Voice America Internet radio: "Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao." Podcasts can be found online and through iTunes.

M.B.B.S.Bankura Sammilani Medical CollegePsychiatry

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencySaint Vincent's Medical Center of RichmondPsychiatry
ResidencyYale University School of MedicinePsychiatry
FellowshipYale University School of MedicineAddiction Psychiatry

Addiction psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders

Addiction psychiatry, integrative medicine