• Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery


  • English


Allison Rao, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder/elbow surgery. She has a particular interest in shoulder surgery and treats patients with a wide variety of shoulder conditions ranging from dislocations to rotator cuff tears, to arthritis.

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe in the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and clear communication about goals and expectations. I use my expertise to help patients return to a healthy, active lifestyle and achieve their goals through shared decision making.

Clinical Interests

Rotator cuff tear, shoulder arthritis, shoulder replacements, shoulder instability, dislocation, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery


Board Certifications
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine & Shoulder/Elbow Fellowship, OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC
Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Medical School
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA


Awards & Recognition

  • Young Scholars Memorial Fellowship Award, American Shoulder and Elbow Society: 2021
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Medical Student Award: 2013
  • Western Orthopedics Association Young Investigator Award: 2013
  • Stanford University School of Medicine Medical Scholars: 2010-2012
  • University of Pennsylvania Recipient of the College Alumni Research Grant
  • University of Pennsylvania Recipient of the Stellar Award for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine: 2019-Present
  • Member, Arthroscopy Association of America: 2019-Present
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: 2014-Present
  • Member, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society: 2013-Present
  • Member, Orthopaedic Research Society: 2012-Present


  • M Health Fairview – University of Minnesota Medical Center (East Bank and West Bank)

  • M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center (CSC) - Maple Grove