Ganesh Rao is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). He is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and is the Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency at BCM.
Ganesh grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona (U of A) graduating with degrees in Microbiology and Chemistry. He then matriculated to the College of Medicine at U of A and graduated as a member of AOA. He matched to the University of Utah for neurosurgery residency under the leadership of M. Peter Heilbrun, M.D. and completed training under William T. Couldwell, M.D., Ph.D. During his residency, he spent two years in the laboratory of Daniel Fults, M.D. generating several publications and winning the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons’ Resident Award.
After completing residency, he spent a year as a fellow in Neurosurgical Oncology at MDACC under the guidance of Raymond Sawaya, M.D. He joined the faculty at MDACC in 2006 and has risen to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure.
In addition to a robust clinical practice which includes the treatment of cranial and spinal neoplasms, Ganesh has an active laboratory. He has held a K-08 and currently holds R-01 funding for research into the mechanisms of malignant progression in glioma. He is also an active clinical researcher with numerous publications on a variety of neuro-oncological topics. His laboratory research has been recognized with the Preuss Award and the American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award.
As the program director of a large residency program, Ganesh has been committed to education of residents and fellows. He has been recognized by the Baylor residents for Teaching Excellence. He is also heavily involved in the education of the neuro-oncology fellows at MDACC.
Ganesh is very involved in organized neurosurgery and is currently the President-Elect of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and will serve as president from 2018-2019. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.
Ganesh and his wife Lorelei live in Bellaire, Texas with their twin 9 year old sons Kiran and Zain.