Allison Rao

Assistant Professor


Allison Rao, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder/elbow surgery. She has a particular interest in shoulder surgery and treats patients with a wide variety of shoulder conditions ranging from dislocations to rotator cuff tears, to arthritis.


  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor—Rising Star": 2023
  • Young Scholars Memorial Fellowship Award, American Shoulder and Elbow Society: 2021
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Medical Student Award: 2013
  • Western Orthopedics Association Young Investigator Award: 2013
  • Stanford University School of Medicine Medical Scholars: 2010-2012
  • University of Pennsylvania Recipient of the College Alumni Research Grant
  • University of Pennsylvania Recipient of the Stellar Award for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis


View Dr. Rao's Publications on PubMed

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine: 2019-Present
  • Member, Arthroscopy Association of America: 2019-Present
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: 2014-Present
  • Member, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society: 2013-Present
  • Member, Orthopaedic Research Society: 2012-Present

Research Summary

Research Interests

  • Periprosthetic shoulder infections
  • Rotator cuff augmentation
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow Pain

Clinical Summary

I believe in the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and clear communication about goals and expectations. I use my expertise to help patients return to a healthy, active lifestyle and achieve their goals through shared decision-making.

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Rotator cuff tear, shoulder arthritis, shoulder replacements, shoulder instability, dislocation, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery

Hospital Privileges

M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center (CSC) & M Health Fairview Maple Grove



Administrative Contact

Monique York
Fax: 612-273-7959

Clinic Information
M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center
909 Fulton Street SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Orthopedic Surgery (4th Floor) | (612) 672-7100

Mailing Address
University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Suite R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454