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Rupa Dainer, MD

Medical Director of:
Ambulatory Surgery Center
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Board Certifications:
American Board of Anesthesiology
Areas of Clinical Interest:
Pediatric Anesthesia

Undergraduate - Catholic University of America (1998)

Medical School - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2002)

Internship - National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda

Residency - National Naval Medical Center/Walter Reed Army Medical Center (2006)

Fellowship - Children's National Medical Center, D.C. (2009)

Awards & Recognition:

Board of Directors, American Board of Anesthesiology (2015)

Clinic Locations: Fairfax

Where did you grow up?
Bethesda, MD
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
As far back as I can remember I have wanted to be a doctor, so I can't really remember a specific reason, but Anesthesiology was the perfect fit for me. Anesthesiologists work in the uncertain edges of medicine. We have to be prepared for any and every emergency and possible scenario that might occur in the peri-operative arena. I have the privilege of caring for children and families at their most vulnerable, difficult times – and carry them through it safely.
How long have you practiced in the Washington, DC area and what do you like most about it?
I've practiced here my whole career! It's my hometown – I love everything!
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
I love endurance running – my favorite races are on the trails in the area and I've completed many ultra-marathons. I also enjoy powerlifting, which has given me new appreciation for how strong women can be.
Do you volunteer? If so, where?
I volunteer as a coach for my daughters' Girls on the Run team, as well as with a wonderful veterans organization that connects veterans to their community through athletics, called Team Red White and Blue.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
Easily my best accomplishment – if it's really ever finished – is being a mom of my two girls. Another one would be completing a couple of 50 mile races...after being told for many years that I didn't have a "runner's body". You can do ANYTHING to which you set your mind and heart. Professionally, definitely my deployment at the height of the war to Afghanistan. It was an intense and fulfilling experience to care for those warriors.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
I'd probably be an athletic trainer or a ballroom dance teacher, which is something I did in college and loved very much.
Personal Sketch:

- Kids
1 - Dog (a Schoodle named Pepper)