Shilpa Rao

Shilpa Rao

Director, Health Care

Shilpa is focused on optimizing performance within Cranemere’s healthcare operating companies. Prior to Cranemere, Shilpa was in the Corporate Strategy and New Product Development group at the Advisory Board Company. Shilpa began her career at McKinsey & Company, specializing in healthcare. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School, a Master of Science from The London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester.



I joined Cranemere because I wanted to help healthcare businesses grow over a long time horizon, compounding not only financial returns but societal impact. Post MBA, I saw an opportunity to apply my prior experience in consulting and healthcare corporate strategy to solve complex operational challenges at the portfolio company level.

My work has not only been intellectually challenging, but personally fulfilling, as I have been able to take ownership quickly and play a key role in scaling the core business through organic and inorganic initiatives. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to learn on a daily basis from a talented set of colleagues and look forward to continuing to grow as an operator.

When I’m not working, I’m discovering new vegetarian-friendly restaurants in New York City, wandering through art museums, window shopping on 5th Ave, and exploring far-flung destinations with my husband. You also can find me enjoying a guilty pleasure Netflix binge on a cold or rainy day, while scrolling through Zillow/StreetEasy on a never-ending quest to find the perfect apartment.