Soumya Padala, BDS, MDS, MS, sees herself as a smile architect.

She offers orthodontic care for everyone from newborns to senior citizens. Treatments range from modifying growth of the tooth-bearing portions of the jaws to aligning teeth and improving smile aesthetics and function. In addition to her work with Rush Cosmetic Surgery, she’s also the lead orthodontist in the Rush Orthodontics and Craniofacial Center.

As an orthodontist, Dr. Padala likes making tangible changes in her patients’ lives by making visible changes in their smiles. She knows some patients might be fearful of going to see an orthodontist, but she assures them that she’s all about smiles — not pain. And she’s also all about education. As an educator and clinician, she loves explaining and answering any questions a patient might have.

Dr. Padala prides herself on spending plenty of time with each patient, forming good relationships and paying close attention to detail, always with the goal of providing the highest-quality care. Her peers and students vouch for her sincerity and her effort to deliver the best results without any shortcuts.

Currently, she’s working on research related to the quality of orthodontic education, and developing treatment guidelines to make sure patients receive quality orthodontic treatment nationwide. Her work has been published extensively; she’s also a reviewer for many journals and is on the editorial board of an orthodontic journal. 

Outside of work, Dr. Padala loves Bollywood dancing and watching Bollywood movies. She also enjoys attending Scripture study clubs and listening to gospel music.


Areas of Focus

  • Braces
  • Clear aligners

Education & Experience

Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • Advanced Orthodontics, University of Connecticut
  • Orthodontics, The Ohio State University
Advanced Training
  • Orthodontic Certificate and Master of Science. The Ohio State University
  • Master of Dental Surgery. Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Sri Ramchandra University
Bachelor, Dental Surgery
  • Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

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Office Locations


Rush University Medical Center - Professional Building

1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 425
Chicago, IL 60612
United States