Dr. Rajagopalan is head of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland, and is on the leadership team of the Division of Cardiac Surgery to support the UM Comprehensive Heart Center. The 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, who is also named as Melvin Sharoky Endowed Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland, was formerly the John W. Wolfe Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center and had served as the Associate Director of the Davis Heart Lung Institute at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Rajagopalan completed clinical and research fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and vascular biology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and advanced cardiovascular imaging training at Duke University in North Carolina. He has also previously served in faculty positions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
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.
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