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Satish Rao, MD, PhD

Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Satish Rao is the J. Harold Harrison, MD, Distinguished University Chair in Gastroenterology, founding director of the Digestive Health Center and Digestive Health Clinical Research Center, and Director, Neurogastroenterology/Motility and tenured Professor of Medicine at Augusta University. Dr. Rao earned his medical degree from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India, and his PhD from the University of Sheffield. He completed his internal medicine residency at Newcastle, Sunderland, and York hospitals in the UK, and a clinical research fellowship at the University of Liverpool. His research in the field of neurogastroenterology/motility has focused on developing novel diagnostic tools and pioneering innovative treatments for common disorders especially constipation, dyssynergic defecation, fecal incontinence, IBS, food intolerance, gas and bloating and small intestinal bacterial and fungal overgrowth (SIBO/SIFO), and visceral pain. Dr. Rao has been awarded four patents, has edited ten books, and has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology) and is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF), and the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP).