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 -
    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)


Recent Publications

        • 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.
        • 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. 2015 Dec 24. pii: S0735-1097(15)07529-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.10.089. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 26763797.
        • 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, 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, 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. 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.
        • Gopinathannair R, Campbell DN, Mazur A. Left Ventricular Dysfunction Caused by Unrecognized Surgical AV block in a Patient with a Manifest Right Free Wall Accessory Pathway. Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2013 Jun 25;13(3):109-13. Print 2013 May. PubMed PMID: 23840104; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3691388.
        • Hottigoudar RU, Gopinathannair R. 'Inappropriate' sinus tachycardia: does the 100 beats per min cut-off matter? Future Cardiol. 2013 Mar;9(2):273-88. doi: 10.2217/fca.13.5. Review. PubMed PMID: 23463978.
        • Gopinathannair R, Olshansky B, Iannettoni M, Mazur A. Delayed maximal response to left cardiac sympathectomy for catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. Europace. 2010 Jul;12(7):1035-9. doi: 10.1093/europace/euq058. Epub 2010 Mar 10. PubMed PMID: 20219758.