Abdul Sohail Rao, MD, MA, DPhil, MBAe
Dr. Abdul Sohail Rao currently serves as the System Vice President for Research, Ochsner Health System Vice President (Middle Eastern Region), Ochsner International. He also serves as the Professor and Deputy Head of Schools – Research, Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland. Prior to coming to Ochsner, Dr. Rao served University of South Florida Health (USF Health) as Professor of Surgery and Molecular Medicine. He was also the Senior Associate Vice President at USF Health and served as the Chief Research Officer for this academic entity. He was also the Vice Dean for Research, Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs in the College of Medicine, Founding Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences, and Medical Director for Research at the Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida Dr. Rao got his MD from Dow Medical College; his MA in Physiology from Boston University and Doctorate in Philosophy (DPhil) from University of Oxford, UK. He also has an MBAe from Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. After completing his doctoral education at Oxford, Dr. Rao joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 where he served as the Director and Chief of the Section of Cellular Transplantation and the Section of Medical Informatics, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute. In 2000, he joined MCP Hahnemann University, School of Medicine as the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Biomedical Graduate Studies and Professor in the Departments of Surgery, and Microbiology and Immunology. He subsequently became the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Drexel University College of Medicine and in 2003, was promoted to the position of the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at Drexel University.
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