Profiles In Leadership: Rao Musunuru, M.D.Jul 08, 2019
Rao Musunuru, M.D. was born and raised in a small rural farming village in South India, with no electricity and went to the city at 16, to attend medical school.
He legally emigrated to the United States in 1976 with his then pregnant wife, $250 and two suitcases full of personal belongings. Rao received post-graduate medical training in New York City for five years. He chose cardiology because this specialty is truly at the heart of medicine.
Dr. Musunuru relocated in 1981 without knowing a single person in Pasco or Hernando counties. He was instrumental in transforming a 50-bed rural hospital into a 290-bed Heart Institute at Bayonet Point/Hudson Regional Medical Center that received recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 in the nation, which put Pasco County on the map for World Class Medical Care.
Thank you Dr. Musunuru for your innumerable contributions as a nationally recognized cardiologist, your humanitarian service, advocacy, educational and philanthropic generosity at local, state and national levels for nearly four decades.