Dr. C.K. Rao

August 24, 1939March 20, 2021

Dr. C.K.Rao, 81, of Newport Coast, CA passed away on March 20, 2021 surrounded by his family. He spent his final years protecting and caring for his family and always helped others as much as he could.

He was born in Kakinada, India on August 24, 1939 to parents Mr.Padmaraju and Mrs. Surya Kameshwari. He grew up in Kakinada and went to Andhra Medical college in Visakhapatnam, India to complete his medical education. During his school and college days he exhibited tremendous leadership & social skills and became the General Secretary for Students Association in Andhra Medical College. He then completed his house surgency in Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

After his medical education, he moved to London, England and started his career as a primary physician and worked in many places including hospitals, Gatwick Airport and the Police Department. He published an article on depression and possible treatments in a British Medical Journal. He started his own practice in Reigate, South London and continued for 5 years. After living in England for 10 years, he moved to the USA and started family practice residency in Jacksonville, FL. Upon completion of his residency, he moved to Los Banos, CA and started his own medical practice as a Board Certified Family Physician. Also worked as faculty in Family Practice in an affiliated UC Davis site.

In 1981, He moved to West Covina, CA and started his solo medical practice and continued his practice for 25 years. Simultaneously, he started his own administrative medical group (IPA, Citrus Valley Physicians Group). He was a pioneer in medical management and created a successful business. Also, he trained and mentored his son to lead and continue the business.

Dr. C.K.Rao was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle & friend. He met his wife, Sunitha Rao in London and instantly fell in love, got married in London and started a family. He was so protective of his wife and children and was a strong man. He was often heard saying “Let me buy this for you, this really suits you and don’t stop me from buying that” to his wife. They were happily married for 50 years.

As a father he was not only our provider and protector, but our mentor on how to lead our best lives by exhibiting strong values and principles. He was proud of where he came from and the values he carried throughout his life. He was extremely intelligent, generous, loving, caring, dynamic, humorous, and such a great human being. He left an indelible mark on whoever he met.

He is survived by his wife, Sunitha Rao. Children, Sheila Rao and Raj Rao. Son-in-law, Trever Siu and granddaughter Sofina Siu.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021


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Ryan Dodson

April 5, 2021

Today my heart sank when my friend, Raj, called to tell me of his dad’s passing. I met Dr. Rao at some medical conferences and had the pleasure of working with him over the past few years. No matter where we were, he always treated me like family. It wasn’t about work, he really cared about me and always asked how my family was doing. Until we meet again, keep a watchful eye on us Dr. Rao.

Ryan and Denise Dodson

Melissa Wong

March 31, 2021

We are so saddened to hear about Dr. Rao's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Even though we only met during one special occasion (Sheila's wedding), it was such a pleasure meeting him, Mrs. Rao, and Raj. May you rest in peace Dr. Rao.
To the rest of the family, please take care.
We are thinking of you and sending lots of hugs.
Melissa, Wallace, & Preston Wong

Rajendra Mohan Gonela

March 29, 2021

Dr CK was a very close personal and family friend. It is shocking to note his untimely death. My heartfelt condolences to the bereavedo family, especially Sunitha, Sheila & Raj.
We miss you badly CK.
May God grant his soul eternal peace.

Sohanjeet Bassi

March 28, 2021

Anmol and I send our sincere condolences on the irreplaceable loss of our friend CK.
I had known him for over 25 years and remember his indefatigable energy and generosity. He was a kind soul, much loved by patients and colleagues alike.
He will be missed forever.

Sohan and Anmol Bassi

Antonio Garcia

March 27, 2021

Good friend excellent person we will missed him , please accept my most sincere condolences and may god have him in his glory.

Anita and Kailash Mehta

March 27, 2021

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Please accept Sunitha ji our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers goes out to your entire family. We remember him as a nice man with smiling face.
Anita and Kailash mehta
Alka and Dinesh Chopra

Pia Smith

March 26, 2021

Sheila and Family,
Our deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Mark, Pia, Mia, and Lauren

Melissa Howard

March 26, 2021

I an truly blessed for the time I spent with Dr. Rao. Working for him gave me a behind the scenes view of how he lived his life for others. Always conjuring up reasons to meet and spend time with people. I never understood how this amazing man, 40+years my senior, could have so much more energy than me to juggle so many hats and to always be ahead of the game. He made balancing family life, friends, business, events and everything else seem tangible. He always encouraged and inspired those around him to reach for the stars and would even set goals for them.
He made everyone feel important. I once helped him with a party where he mentioned everyone in attendance in his speech. He shared his gratitude for each and every person. He was always appreciative no matter the role you played in his life.
He had a unique way of communicating without words and understood a situation better than most. Something I’ve never encountered with anyone else. It was truly a gift; I am amazed and forever grateful.

Ravi Guturu

March 26, 2021

Dear Sunita ji, Raj & Sheila,

We are very sad to hear the news of Dr C K Rao's passing. His love and blessings are always with you all.
I will always remember him as an excellent human being with an elephant memory...who lived life, King Size.
Respect for the handsome man🙏
We will miss you Sir...
Om Shanti!!

Ravi Guturu & Family

Parvathi Rao

March 26, 2021