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Satish S.C. Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP (LON), FACG, AGAF

  • Professor of Medicine
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Helen Smith

  • Administrative Assistant I
  • Assistant to Dr. Rao & Dr. Sharma

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Yun Yan

  • Postdoctoral Fellow DOM Researcher

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Karlo Fidel

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Researcher
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Madina Afzali

  • Honors Student Research Associate

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Delaram Asadi

  • Research Associate
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Danielle Long

  • Research Assistant
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Abeer Aziz

  • Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
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Dariush Shahsavari

  • MD researcher


Clinical Interests

  • Motility
  • Anorectal Disorders (Constipation/Incontinence/Pain)
  • Colonic Manometry
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Biofeedback Therapy
  • Digestive Health Disorders

Research Interests

  • Focus on the pathophysiology and treatment of IBS
  • Constipation and fecal incontinence
  • Visceral pain, particularly esophageal chest pain
  • Pioneered several new techniques of evaluating esophageal, gastric, colonic, and anorectal function (brain-gut axis)
  • Received several patents and pioneered the technique of biofeedback therapy for dyssynergic defecation
  • Currently, investigating the neurobiologic mechanisms of biofeedback therapy, and pioneering new treatments for fructose intolerance


  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Clinician Award
  • AGA Distinguished Educator Award
  • AGA Masters Award for Outstanding Clinical Research
  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Auxiliary Research Award, 2005
  • International Foundation for Functional GI disorders Senior Clinical Investigator Award, 2009
  • University of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, 2010
  • Indian Society of Gastroenterology "Dr PN Chuttani Oration", 2010
  • Editor of several books: Disorders of the Anorectum (2001), Anorectal and Pelvic Floor Disorders (2008) for Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, Gastrointestinal Motility-Tests and Problem-Oriented Approach, and GI Motility Testing - a Laboratory and Office Handbook (2010, Co-Editor).
  • Published 250 articles
  • Reviewer for major international journals
  • "Best Doctors in America"
  • America's Top Doctors

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