2009 RaoSatish Rao, M.D

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Dr. Rao is the 2009 recipient of the IFFGD Research Award Senior Investigator – Clinical Science.  Dr Rao’s research interests focus on the pathophysiology and treatment of IBS, constipation and fecal incontinence and visceral pain, particularly esophageal chest pain. He has pioneered several new techniques of evaluating esophageal, gastric, colonic, and anorectal function, in particular the brain-gut axis. He also has developed a technique of biofeedback therapy for dyssynergic defecation, and he is currently investigating the neurobiologic mechanisms of biofeedback therapy. In addition, he is studying new treatments for fructose intolerance. A recent study on Dietary Fructan malabsorption may reveal the existence of another common dietary source of symptoms in subjects with functional gastrointestinal disorders.