ANITA RAO, M.D.
CHAMP10N Wellbeing® Medical Advisor
Resident Physician in Psychiatry at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL
  • Anita Rao, M.D., has established herself as a cross-sector pioneer as an award-winning media figure, academic, public, and private sector innovator and consultant.

  • As a consultant, Dr. Rao uses her training, knowledge, and her own experience as a leader to treat and consult high-performing individuals and high-profile organizations, both at the individual and organizational level, to assess and provide strategies to improve decision-making, interactions amongst individuals, and overall mental well-being to improve performance and, most importantly, the quality of life in a meaningful way.

  • She uses her background in media to increase individual and organizational self-understanding.

  • As the first mental health correspondent and contributor for VICE Media, she is also a national contributor for the National Alliance of Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, and infuses audiovisual mental health literacy into its outreach efforts.

  • Dr. Rao has the distinction of being a member of the American Psychiatric Association national Council on Communications and is an MIT Open Documentary Lab Fellow.

  • Previously, she was the inaugural medical student intern at the ABC News Medical Unit in New York. Dr. Rao currently sits on the American Psychiatric Association national Council on Communications.

  • As an academic, Dr. Rao has won numerous accolades, including the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry Poster Award through Oxford University.

  • As a medical student, she received the Department of Psychiatry Chairman Award.

  • As a resident physician in psychiatry at Northwestern University, she received Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Educator Award for 2018. Dr. Rao attended Georgetown University, where she received a B.S. in International Health with distinction as a John Carroll Fellow.

  • After that, she attended Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, where she received her M.D. and the Department of Psychiatry's Chairman Award.

  • She currently is a psychiatry resident at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, where she is part of the Northwestern Feinberg Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

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CONVERSAT10N: Hear a conversation about being a CHAMP10N for people and finding a support team that is best for you. Sometimes, we confuse familiarity for knowledge, and it can be hard to change your perspective after awhile. Empathetic curiosity will allow you to find out what performance barriers the other person is facing from a place of kindness and support, rather than it being accusatory or cause more damage. Being kind and supportive during difficult times is a huge winning strategy to anchor in faith, love, and truth. We must move forward from a place of hope and acknowledge that we all struggle at times.

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