Smita Rao

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Smita Rao

Phone: 212-998-9194

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi:

Smita Rao, PT, PhD, is a physical therapist, researcher and author. She is currently an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at NYU and a Research Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Schoool of Medicine.

Smita earned a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) and Master of Science (Orthopedic Physiotherapy) at the University of Mumbai, India. She obtained her academic doctorate at the University of Iowa in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Her dissertation examined foot and ankle changes in patients with diabetes. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Arthritis Foundation, with Drs Deborah Nawoczenski, PT, PhD and Judith Baumhauer, MD. Her research agenda focuses on improving physical therapy and rehabilitation care in individuals with musculoskeletal conditions such as diabetes and osteoarthritis.