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Sanjay  Rajagopalan

Sanjay Rajagopalan M.B.B.S., FACC, FAHA

Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Medicine
Secondary Appointments: Physiology
Administrative Title: Division Head, Cardiovascular Medicine
Additional Title(s): Melvin Sharoky Endowed Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine | Co-Director, University of Maryland Heart Center
Location: Paca-Pratt, 7-N-100
Phone: (410) 328-4716
Fax: (410) 328-8527

Personal History:


  • MBBS, University of Madras, India
  • Residency and Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • Fellowships, Cardiovascular Medicine and Vascular Biology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Advanced Training, Cardiovascular Imaging, Cornell University, New York, NY
  • Advanced Training, Cardiovascular Imaging, Duke University, Durham, NC

Under the leadership of Dr. Rajagopalan and his Co-director, Dr. James Gammie, the University of Maryland Heart Center has gained national recognition for bringing together multidisciplinary teams of experts to treat complex heart conditions using the latest medical, interventional, and surgical techniques.

Dr. Rajagopalan came to the University of Maryland School of Medicine from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he was the John W. Wolfe Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine. He also served as the Associate Director of the Davis Heart Lung Institute at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He has previously served in faculty positions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Research Interests:

Dr. Rajagopalan’s research interests have focused on the role of inflammation in cardiometabolic disease and molecular imaging of atherosclerosis. His research is truly translational, covering the gamut of clinical and bench research. His laboratory has been continually funded over the years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Awards include the William Keating Award from the American College of Cardiology and the Charles A. Dana Award, given by the Dana Foundation.

Dr. Rajagopalan has published more than 200 original research publications in peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Circulation Research. He has served as an editor for two textbooks, several monographs, and dozens of book chapters on vascular disease and atherosclerosis, and his research is routinely cited.

Clinical Speciality:

  • Diabetic Vascular and Heart Disease
  • Hypertension and Lipids
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging