Naveen Rao, MD
Logo: MSD for Mothers
  • Logo: MSD Inventing for Life

Naveen Rao, MD

Lead, MSD for Mothers

"What keeps me going is the opportunity to make an impact in people's lives. When you save the mother, you save the family."
(Interview with SHOPSproject)

Dr. Rao leads MSD for Mothers, MSD & Co., Inc.'s signature initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. In this capacity, Dr. Rao is responsible for leveraging the company's science and business expertise to accelerate progress in reaching Millennium Development Goal 5 and advancing MSD's mission to improve and save lives.

Dr. Rao returned to the United States in 2011 after six years in India, most recently serving as Head of Medical Affairs for MSD's Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that role, he served as Managing Director MSD Pharmaceuticals Ltd., India, a subsidiary of MSD & Co., Inc. During his tenure, the subsidiary grew substantially and won many awards. Earlier as the Medical Director of the newly formed MSD Pharmaceuticals Ltd., he established centers of excellence in clinical research, medical affairs and regulatory affairs. Dr. Rao has held numerous leadership positions at MSD & Co., Inc., including Executive Medical Director, Specialty Products, prior to moving to Asia.

A trained medical professional from India, Dr. Rao is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was Associate Director, Department of Medicine at Beekman Downtown Hospital and practiced Internal Medicine in New York City for 10 years prior to joining MSD & Co., Inc. in 1993.

Dr. Rao is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and chairs the Maternal Health Pillar of the MDG Health Alliance, an effort supporting UN agencies to improve the health of women and children.