Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Arun R. Rao, MD

Specialty Area
Medical Oncology
1290 Kelley Drive
Paris TN 38242 731.644.3522
Arun R. Rao, MD, is a Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at West Cancer Center.

Titles and Roles

  • Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, West Cancer Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology


Before joining West Cancer Center, Dr. Rao served on the staff of Cancer Care Centers of South Texas in San Antonio. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Hematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he has extensive expertise in cancer treatment as well as the treatment of blood disorders. Dr. Rao has a broad interest in all cancer types. He is particularly interested in lung and colon cancers, lymphoma, and clinical trials. His wife is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Methodist Le Bonheur where she pursues her interests as a neuroscientist. They have two children who attend school in the Germantown area.

Education and Training

Dr. Rao earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. In 1992, he moved to the United States to pursue a Residency in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Upon completion, he served on the staff of UCI Medical Affiliates in Columbia, SC and Anderson Area Medical Center in Anderson, South Carolina. While in private practice, he became very interested in caring for cancer patients and pursued a Fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Upon completion of his first year clinical Fellowship, he pursued basic science research during his subsequent second and third years as a Fellow. Dr. Rao served on the academic staff of the University of Texas as a clinical instructor for two years and was actively involved in teaching fellows and residents.


  • First Prize Clinical Fellow Category, Dept. of Medicine Research Day, University of Texas Health Science Center for Oral Presentation, “Contrasting effects of CC chemokine receptors CCR5 and CCR2 in Graft-versus-Host Disease”, 2002
  • Postgraduate merit scholarship, University of Bombay, India, 1986-1989


Most recently, Dr. Rao has been published in the Journal of Immunology and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. To view Dr. Rao’s most recent publications, click here.  



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