Rakesh Gopinathannair M.D., M.A., FHRS, FACC, FAHA

Rakesh Gopinathannair M.D., M.A., FHRS, FACC, FAHA

Rakesh Gopinathannair M.D., M.A.

Rakesh Gopinathannair M.D., M.A., FHRS, FACC, FAHA

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology
UofL Physicians Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Ste. 310
Louisville, KY 40202

502-852-7959 - Academic Office
502-588-4600 - Patient Appointments

Clinical Expertise
Cardiovascular Medicine; Cardiac Electrophysiology; Catheter Ablation of Complex Arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia); Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implant; Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in Heart Failure; Laser Lead Extraction; Investigational Treatments for Cardiac Arrhythmias; Sudden Cardiac Death


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine -
    Cardiovascular Disease / Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Education and Training

  • Medical School: University of Kerala, India
  • Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital / Drexel University Affiliated Hospitals
  • Fellowship: University of Iowa (Cardiology & Cardiac Electrophysiology)
  • M.A.: University of Maryland (Exercise Physiology)


Featured Publications

  • Gopinathannair R, Lerew DR, Cross NJ, Sears SF, Brown S, Olshansky B. Longitudinal changes in quality of life following ICD implant and the impact of age, gender, and ICD shocks: observations from the INTRINSIC RV trial. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2017 Apr;48(3):291-298. doi: 10.1007/s10840-017-0233-y. Epub 2017 Feb 20. PubMed PMID: 28220279.
  • Pillarisetti J, Gopinathannair R, Haney MJ, Abazid B, Rawasia W, Reddy MY, Adabala N, Bommana S, Emert M, Lakkireddy D. Risk of ventricular tachyarrhythmias following improvement of left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators implanted for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2017 Apr;48(3):283-289. doi: 10.1007/s10840-017-0222-1. Epub 2017 Feb 1. PubMed PMID: 28150095.
  • Mar PL, Angus CR, Kabra R, Migliore CK, Goswami R, John LA, Tu Y, Gopinathannair R. Perioperative predictors of permanent pacing and long-term dependence following tricuspid valve surgery: a multicentre analysis. Europace. 2017 Jan 10. pii: euw391. doi: 10.1093/europace/euw391. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28073887.
  • Abdalla M, Kovach N, Liu C, Damp JB, Jahangir E, Hilliard A, Gopinathannair R, Abu-Fadel MS, El Chami MF, Gafoor S, Vedanthan R, Sanchez-Shields M, George JC, Priester T, Alasnag M, Barker C, Freeman AM. The Importance of Global Health Experiences in the Development of New Cardiologists. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Jun 14;67(23):2789-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.10.089. Epub 2016 Jan 4. Review. PubMed PMID: 26763797; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4902723.
  • Mar PL, Familtsev D, Ezekowitz MD, Lakkireddy D, Gopinathannair R. Periprocedural management of anticoagulation in patients taking novel oral anticoagulants: Review of the literature and recommendations for specific populations and procedures. Int J Cardiol. 2016 Jan 1;202:578-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2015.09.035. Epub 2015 Sep 25. Review. PubMed PMID: 26447666.
  • Gopinathannair R, Etheridge SP, Marchlinski FE, Spinale FG, Lakkireddy D, Olshansky B. Arrhythmia-Induced Cardiomyopathies: Mechanisms, Recognition, and Management. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Oct 13;66(15):1714-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.08.038. Review. PubMed PMID: 26449143; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4733572.
  • Gopinathannair R, Olshansky B. Management of tachycardia. F1000Prime Rep. 2015 May 12;7:60. doi: 10.12703/P7-60. eCollection 2015. Review. PubMed PMID: 26097733; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4447058.
  • Gopinathannair R, Birks EJ, Trivedi JR, McCants KC, Sutton BS, Deam AG, Slaughter MS, Hottigoudar RU. Impact of cardiac resynchronization therapy on clinical outcomes in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices. J Card Fail. 2015 Mar;21(3):226-32. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2014.12.006. Epub 2014 Dec 17. PubMed PMID: 25528199.
  • Gopinathannair R. Flecainide in CASQ2-mediated catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia: the gift that keeps on giving. Heart Rhythm. 2013 Nov;10(11):1676-7. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2013.08.027. Epub 2013 Aug 26. PubMed PMID: 23988695.
  • Hottigoudar RU, Deam AG, Birks EJ, McCants KC, Slaughter MS, Gopinathannair R. Catheter ablation of atrial flutter in patients with left ventricular assist device improves symptoms of right heart failure. Congest Heart Fail. 2013 Jul-Aug;19(4):165-71. doi: 10.1111/chf.12034. PubMed PMID: 23910701.