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

  • Njoku A, Kannabhiran M, Arora R, Reddy P, Gopinathannair R, Lakkireddy D, Dominic P. Left atrial volume predicts atrial fibrillation recurrence after radiofrequency ablation: a meta-analysis. Europace. 2018 Jan 1;20(1):33-42. doi: 10.1093/europace/eux013. PubMed PMID: 28444307.
  • Yarlagadda B, Vuddanda V, Dar T, Jazayeri MA, Parikh V, Turagam MK, Lavu M, Avula SR, Atkins D, Bommana S, Gopinathannair R, Yeruva MR, Lakkireddy D. Safety and Efficacy of Inpatient Initiation of Dofetilide versus Sotalol for atrial fibrillation. J Atr Fibrillation. 2017 Dec 31;10(4):1805. doi: 10.4022/jafib.1805. eCollection 2017 Dec. PubMed PMID: 29487686; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5821637.
  • 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 Dec 1;19(12):1988-1993. doi: 10.1093/europace/euw391. PubMed PMID: 28073887.
  • Joy PS, Gopinathannair R, Olshansky B. Effect of Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation on Heart Failure Readmission Rates. Am J Cardiol. 2017 Nov 1;120(9):1572-1577. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.07.057. Epub 2017 Jul 31. PubMed PMID: 28886855.
  • Tong CW, Madhur MS, Rzeszut AK, Abdalla M, Abudayyeh I, Alexanderson E, Buber J, Feldman DN, Gopinathannair R, Hira RS, Kates AM, Kessler T, Leung S, Raj SR, Spatz ES, Turner MB, Valente AM, West K, Sivaram CA, Hill JA, Mann DL, Freeman AM. Status of Early-Career Academic Cardiology: A Global Perspective. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Oct 31;70(18):2290-2303. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.09.030. Review. PubMed PMID: 29073958; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5665176.
  • Dhawan R, Gopinathannair R. Arrhythmia-Induced Cardiomyopathy: Prevalent, Under-recognized, Reversible. J Atr Fibrillation. 2017 Oct 31;10(3):1776. doi: 10.4022/jafib.1776. eCollection 2017 Oct-Nov. PubMed PMID: 29250249; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5725757.
  • Batul SA, Gopinathannair R. Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure: a Therapeutic Challenge of Our Times. Korean Circ J. 2017 Sep;47(5):644-662. doi: 10.4070/kcj.2017.0040. Epub 2017 Aug 22. Review. PubMed PMID: 28955382; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5614940.
  • Turagam MK, Parikh V, Afzal MR, Gopinathannair R, Lavu M, Kanmanthareddy A, Pillarisetti J, Reddy M, Atkins D, Bommana S, Jaeger M, Jeffery C, Mohanty S, Santangeli P, Cheng J, Di Biase L, Narasimhan C, Natale A, Lakkireddy D. Replacing warfarin with a novel oral anticoagulant: Risk of recurrent bleeding and stroke in patients with warfarin ineligible or failure in patients with atrial fibrillation (The ROAR study). J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2017 Aug;28(8):853-861. doi: 10.1111/jce.13254. Epub 2017 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 28497899.
  • Batul SA, Olshansky B, Fisher JD, Gopinathannair R. Recent advances in the management of ventricular tachyarrhythmias. F1000Res. 2017 Jun 29;6:1027. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11202.1. eCollection 2017. Review. PubMed PMID: 28721212; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5497814.
  • 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.