Giving back to the local and global community is at the heart of our philosophy at Rao Dermatology. On a local level, our doctors regularly participate at free cancer screenings that are open to the public. On a global level, they’ve continually pursued passion projects such as helping to open a Burn Center at the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and running free clinics in the Dominican Republic, which also allowed Rao Dermatology to help provide medical support to Haiti during the earthquake.
Our founder and Medical Director, Dr. Babar K. Rao, MD, FAAD, is particularly impassioned about education and medicine in his native country of Pakistan, where Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery are two of the most underrepresented specialties in the whole country. In 2007 Doctor Rao, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Rawalpindi Medical College Overseas Foundation (RMCOF), spearheaded an effort with the help of some of his colleagues and fellow board members to open a state-of-the-art Burn Center at the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi. To date, the RMCOF Burn Center has reduced the local mortality rate for major burns from 73.8% to 36%.
RMCOF is hopeful that in the future, support from the Punjab government will empower the Burn Center, which currently relies solely on private donations, to provide care for even more local burn victims. To learn more about RMCOF’s recent activities, or to learn how to contribute, please visit www.rawalian.com.
Dominican Republic Mission
Rao Dermatology also coordinates an annual free clinic in the village of Imbert in the Dominican Republic. This clinic is fully dependent on the generosity of others; all medical supplies are donated and all medical support is volunteer. Recently, we were very fortunate to be able to take advantage of the resources that enable us to do such great work in the Dominican Republic, to also get us into Haiti to provide medical support following the earthquake. Post-earthquake, Port-Au-Prince was a disturbing, albeit, deeply moving experience for all of our volunteers, including our most seasoned veteran, Doctor Rao. However, everyone involved cannot wait to go back and provide even more assistance.