Rajesh Rao, MD is a board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist and adult strabismus surgeon. Dr. Rao specializes in the treatment of amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes, misaligned eyes) and many other pediatric eye issues in children. Dr. Rao is highly respected in the metro Detroit ophthalmology community for his expertise in the treatment of adults with strabismus, (crossed eyes, misaligned eyes) and diplopia (double vision). He sees patients at our Clinton Township, Detroit and West Bloomfield offices.
Dr. Rao is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and section Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Wayne State University. His primary hospital affiliations include Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Beaumont Hospital and St. Joe’s Hospital in Pontiac. He’s also on staff at Ascension St John’s Hospital and Hurley Medical Center to service the neonatal intensive care unit by screening premature babies’ eyes for retinopathy of prematurity.
He teaches pediatric ophthalmology fellows as well as ophthalmology residents from Beaumont Eye Institute, Henry Ford Health System, Kresge Eye Institute and Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Apkarian is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
He has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on pediatric ophthalmology and participates in clinical research projects, including national multi-center trials. He is a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Rao is regularly recognized as a Top Doc by Hour Detroit and Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Rao and his wife have two children. He enjoys playing tennis, golf and card games. He’s also an avid football fan and a proud University of Michigan alumnus. His favorite cartoon character is Wile E. Coyote.