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Pooja Rao, MD

Pooja Rao, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology and Oncology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
Disease Teams:
Cancer Institute, Pediatric Cancer Team
PXR63@psu.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Pooja Rao's research interests focus on the supportive care services of adolescents and young adults with cancer. 

  • Neoplasms
  • Child
  • Young Adult
  • Pediatrics
  • Exercise
  • Population
  • Therapeutics
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Mortality
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Fertility

Recent Publications

2024

Caru, M, Dandekar, S, Gordon, B, Conroy, DE, Barb, ED, Doerksen, S, Smink, GM, McKeone, DJ, Shah, NB, Greiner, RJ, Schramm, JW, Rao, P, McGregor, L & Schmitz, K 2024, 'Implementing a behavioral physical activity program in children and adolescent survivors of childhood cancer: a pilot randomized controlled trial', Journal of Behavioral Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-024-00497-z
Kaiser, KM, Rao, P & Estes, SJ 2024, 'Variables associated with ovarian insufficiency in pediatric oncology patients following chemotherapy', Pediatric Hematology Oncology Journal, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 32-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phoj.2024.01.004

2023

Rao, P, Kazak, AE, Doerksen, SE, Koehly, LM, Verdery, AM, Heitzenrater, J, Harding, BA, Byrnes, CL, Costigan, HJ, Rovniak, LS, Sciamanna, CN, Van Scoy, LJ & Schmitz, KH 2023, 'AYA-UNITE: Lessons Learned on Intervention Development Promoting Social and Physical Health of Adolescent/Young Adult Cancer Survivors', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 929-934. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2023.0093
Caru, M, Alberts, NM, Freeman, MC, Dandekar, SC, Rao, P, McKeone, DJ, Brown, VI, McGregor, LM & Schmitz, KH 2023, 'Chronic pain in children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer: the challenge of mitigating the pain and the potential of integrating exercise into pain management', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 31, no. 4, 228. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-023-07695-6
Caru, M, Wurz, A, Brunet, J, Barb, ED, Adams, SC, Roth, ME, Winters-Stone, K, Fidler-Benaoudia, MM, Dandekar, S, Ness, KK, Culos-Reed, SN, Schulte, F, Rao, P, Mizrahi, D, Swartz, MC, Smith, M, Valle, CG, Kadan-Lottick, NS, Dieli-Conwright, CM & Schmitz, KH 2023, 'Physical activity and physical fitness assessments in adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer: a scoping review', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 31, no. 10, 569. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-023-08008-7
Demharter, NS, Rao, P, Scalzi, LV, Ericson, JE & Clarke, S 2023, 'Prolonged Thrombocytopenia in a Case of MIS-C in a Vaccinated Child', Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports, vol. 11. https://doi.org/10.1177/23247096221145104

2022

Caru, M, Levesque, A, Rao, P, Dandekar, S, Terry, C, Brown, V, McGregor, L & Schmitz, K 2022, 'A scoping review to map the evidence of physical activity interventions in post-treatment adolescent and young adult cancer survivors', Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, vol. 171, 103620. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.critrevonc.2022.103620
Rao, P, Sproch, A, Ungemach, M, Cash, M & Blackall, GF 2022, 'Life on Pause: Lessons Learned in Creating an Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Podcast', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 439-441. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2021.0073

2020

Rao, P, Segel, JE, McGregor, LM, Lengerich, EJ, Drabick, JJ & Miller, B 2020, 'Attendance at National Cancer Institute and Children's Oncology Group Facilities for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer in Pennsylvania: A Population-Based Study', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 47-54. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2019.0045
Horn, SR, Stoltzfus, KC, Mackley, HB, Lehrer, EJ, Zhou, S, Dandekar, SC, Fox, EJ, Rizk, EB, Trifiletti, DM, Rao, PM & Zaorsky, NG 2020, 'Long-term causes of death among pediatric patients with cancer', Cancer, vol. 126, no. 13, pp. 3102-3113. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.32885
Scott, AR, Stoltzfus, KC, Tchelebi, LT, Trifiletti, DM, Lehrer, EJ, Rao, P, Bleyer, A & Zaorsky, NG 2020, 'Trends in Cancer Incidence in US Adolescents and Young Adults, 1973-2015', JAMA network open, vol. 3, no. 12, pp. E2027738. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.27738