Mohan Rao, MD, has been named the new Chief Medical Officer for Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville effective September 1, 2021.
Dr. Rao is a general surgeon by training and has spent the past 35 years serving the patients, staff and community at Baptist Health Madisonville. He will serve as both a surgeon and CMO until next summer when he will fully transition into the physician executive role.
“We are very fortunate to add Dr. Rao to our leadership team,” said hospital president Robert Ramey. “Dr. Rao is an assertive strategic thinker with an established record of excellence. His experience with the medical staff and knowledge of the community will be invaluable to our growth initiatives as we begin our joint venture organization between Baptist Health and Deaconess. He understands hospital operations and believes in providing excellent patient care.”
Dr. Rao replaces Dr. Wayne Lipson who had been Chief Medical Officer for the past four years.
Dr. Rao is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned his undergraduate degree. He graduated with his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and completed his residency at the University of Louisville. He is Board-Certified by The American Board of Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Practicing general surgery at Baptist Health Madisonville for over 35 years, Dr. Rao has served as Chair of Surgery, Chair of Critical Care Committee, Chair of Credentials Committee, Member of Medical Executive Committee, Member of Nutrition Committee, Member of Ethics Committee and Member of Emergency Department Committee among other roles. Dr. Rao is committed to teaching the next generation of surgeons and has received numerous awards from the University of Louisville School of Medicine for his efforts.