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Satish Rao, MD, PhD. FRCP (LON), FACG, AGAF

Augusta, Georgia | United States of America

Satish Rao received his MD from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India, his PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in London, UK, in 1997. He completed his training in internal medicine at several academic centers in UK and a clinical research fellowship in gastroenterology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, University of Sheffield, UK. Having spent 20 years at Iowa where he was Professor of Medicine and Director, Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility and Biofeedback Program, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Dr. Rao recently moved to Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA where he is Professor of Medicine, Section Chief, Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Founding Director, Digestive Health Center. 


Dr. Rao is one of a rare breed of academicians who has excelled as an outstanding researcher, distinguished educator and as a Master Clinician. Dr. Rao’s research interests focus on the pathophysiology and treatment of IBS, food intolerance particularly fructose intolerance, 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, has received several patents and pioneered the technique of biofeedback therapy for dyssynergic defecation. He is currently investigating the neurobiologic mechanisms of biofeedback therapy and pioneering new treatments for fructose intolerance. He has received numerous international awards including the AGA-SKF Clinical Research Award, ACG Clinical Research Award and a GI/Nutrition Clinical Research Award from Central Society of Clinical Research. He is the only physician to date who has received all 3 meritorious honors from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the AGA Distinguished Clinician Award, AGA Masters Award for Outstanding Clinical Research and the AGA Distinguished Educator Award. In 2005, he also received the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Auxiliary Research Award, the highest research award from ACG, and in 2007 the ACG Novartis Motility research award for the best research paper. In 2009, he was awarded the International Foundation for Functional GI disorders Senior Clinical Investigator Award. In 2010, he received the most distinguished honor from University of Iowa, University of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. Also in Hyderabad, in 2010 he delivered “Dr PN Chuttani Oration”, the most prestigious and highest honor from the Indian Society of Gastroenterology. 

"Breath Test, Capsule Test, EAGBT, Cultures and Microbial Genes - Towards Greater Accuracy of SIBO and SIFO Diagnosis"

Diagnosis of SIBO is challenging as there is no gold standard. Both invasive, non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques are available but which test, when and how is unclear. This presentation will improve audience understanding of current options in SIBO diagnosis. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss principles of breath hydrogen tests for SIBO diagnosis. 

  • Describe the role of endoscopic assisted glucose breath test in SIBO diagnosis. 

  • Familiarize the audience with novel capsule test for SIBO diagnosis. 

  • Critically examine the methods and diagnostic accuracy of cultures and microbiome RNA analysis for diagnosis of SIBO and SIFO. 

Past Conference Participation

2018 Integrative SIBO Conference - New Orleans, Louisiana

~ Featured Speaker ~

"SIBO and SIFO- A nuisance or novelty?"

2020 Integrative SIBO Conference - Seattle, Washington

~ Featured Speaker ~

"Breath Test, Capsule Test, EAGBT, Cultures and Microbial Genes - Towards Greater Accuracy of SIBO and SIFO Diagnosis"

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