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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

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


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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.


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.
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.
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.