Professional CV

Dr Prithviraj Rao, Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Gastroenterologist

With over 15 years of experience, I've been the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Gastroenterology at the Sheffield Children's Hospital, in addition to running my own private practice. Educated in both India and the UK I’m dually accredited in both General Paediatrics and Paediatric Gastroenterology.

Having developed the first training course in paediatric upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, I now regularly facilitate national and international training courses for basic diagnostic endoscopy as well as advanced techniques, such as paediatric wireless capsule enteroscopy, colonoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy. I’ve worked with some of the pioneers in paediatric endoscopy and this has led to additional expertise in novel techniques like double balloon enteroscopy and endoscopic pyloromyotomy.

I’m committed to developing newer and better services for the care of children and adolescents with gastrointestinal disorders, and this has led to several innovations, such as iron infusions as a substitute for blood and single step gastrostomy button tubes for feeding.

I'm a professional member of the:

  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN)
  • European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN)
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

You can view examples of some of the awards I've won, together with invitations to speak and thank you letters from several professional bodies in the gallery.

Areas of expertise and interest
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Food allergies
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Recurrent (Functional) Abdominal Pain (RAP)
  • Gastro-oesphageal Reflux Disease (GERD/GORD)
  • Coeliac disease
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal dysmotility
Skills (performing and teaching)
  • Diagnostic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Therapeutic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Endoscopic gastrointestinal haemostasis
  • Insertion of single-step percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy / gastrointestinal feeding tubes
  • Insertion of wired and wireless pH probes
  • Small bowel wireless capsule endoscopy
  • Double balloon enteroscopy
  • Oesophageal manometry and impedance investigations and interpretation
(Supervisor and Guide) Young Investigator Award for medical student at Sheffield Medical School (ESPGHAN) 2018
Consultant Triple Excellence Award (Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust) 2017
Consultant Excellence Award (Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust) 2015
Consultant Excellence Award (Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust) 2013
Poster of distinction (BSPGHAN) 2012
Young Investigator Award (ESPGHAN) 2009
Innovations (Successful cost and quality improvement projects)
Single-step percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy button placements 2016-2017
Developed nurse consultant led biologics and biosimilar clinics 2016-2017
Developed accelerated administration of Infliximab clinics 2015-2016
Developed dietitian led coeliac disease clinics 2014-2015
Parenteral single visit iron administration instead of blood transfusions 2012-2017

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