About us

Dr. Vivek U. Rao, M.D., F.A.C.A.A.I.

Dr. Rao has been practicing here in Odessa since 2006, but he has considered himself a West Texan since 1979. Born in New York, he moved with his family to Texas as a child, living initially in Big Spring and then relocating in 1981 to Odessa, where he attended grades one through 12. After graduating from Permian High in 1993, Dr. Rao completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University in Houston, followed by medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. His postgraduate training in internal medicine was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After that, he decided to go to the Northeast for a change of scenery; he completed his fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he obtained extensive training in the diagnosis and management of both adult and pediatric patients.


  • High school
    • Permian High (Odessa, Texas) 1990-1993 
    • Valedictorian 
    • National Merit Scholar 
    • National Science Scholar
  • Undergraduate
    • Rice University 1993-1997 
    • B.A. Biochemistry 
    • Cum laude 
  • Medical school
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, 1997-2001


  • Internship
    • Internal Medicine 
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2001-2002  
    • Intern of the Year, Department of Medicine, 2002 
    • Shirley P. Levine Award for Compassion, Department of Medicine, 2002
  • Residency
    • Internal Medicine 
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2002-2004  
    • First Place, 10th Annual South Texas ACP-ASIM Podium Competition, San Antonio, 2003   
  • Fellowship
    • Allergy and Immunology
    • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2004-2006

Board certification

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 2006 and 2016
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 2004 and 2014


  • Rao VU and Apter AJ. Steroid phobia and adherence - problems, solutions, impact on benefit/risk profile. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am 2005;25(3): 581-595.

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 
    • Member
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
    • Fellow
  • Ector County Medical Society 
    • Immediate Past President (2018-2019)
    • President (2016-2017)
  • Texas Medical Association
    • Board of Councilors
  • Texas Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society
    • Meetings Committee member (2016-2017)