Suman B. Rao, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in hematology and medical oncology as well as internal medicine. Dr. Rao is the director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
Fellowship-trained, Dr. Rao is experienced in treating lung and breast cancer. Her clinical interests include lung cancer and breast diseases. A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Rao is a strong proponent of clinical trials and encourages eligible patients to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in such trials at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
She was the PI for the study for Keytruda that included patients around the world. She co-authored the New England Journal of Medicine study which resulted in Keytruda being approved for the first line of lung cancer.
She also serves as the Tumor Board Coordinator for MedStar Health Cancer Network and physician liaison of the Quality Oncology Program Improvement (QOPI).
Dr. Rao is fluent in Hindi as well as English. When she is not practicing medicine, Dr. Rao enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with her children.She is passionate about educating all children and to this end serves as co chair for the Medical Staff Scholarship fund which provides scholarships to children of the Medical staff at Medstar Franklin Square.