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University Hospitals Appoints Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, as New Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine

UH Cleveland Medical Center

News Release

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Date September 26, 2016
Contacts Mike Ferrari
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CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute announce the appointment of Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine effective September 26. Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD

Dr. Rajagopalan is an exceptionally accomplished clinician scientist, with nearly three decades of experience leading translational research at elite academic medical centers. He is renowned worldwide for his pioneering work in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, and is one of the nation’s top experts in the study of cholesterol, air pollution and other environmental factors on lung, heart and vascular diseases.

Before joining UH, he served as Co-Director of the Heart Center and Professor of Medicine since 2013 at the University of Maryland. He has also held academic positions at The Ohio State University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Dr. Rajagopalan to University Hospitals and the Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute,” said Dan Simon, MD, President of UH Cleveland Medical Center. “His vast expertise in the field of cardiovascular imaging coupled with his leadership skillset will translate into continued excellence in the division and further advancement of our mission.”

“We are very fortunate to be able to attract uniquely talented and principled leaders to Cleveland,” said Marco Costa, MD, PhD, President, UH Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute. “Dr. Rajagopalan’s arrival is a major step toward achieving our vision to be the most trusted, integrated academic heart and vascular institute that anchors a healthy community and defines the future of medicine.”

Dr. Rajagopalan earned his medical degree at University of Madras, India. He completed his internal medicine residency at State University of New York – Buffalo, and a cardiology research fellowship at Emory University.

“We are very fortunate to have recruited Dr. Rajagopalan to become our next Division Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine,” said Robert Salata, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine at UH Cleveland Medical Center. “Dr. Rajagopalan is a highly respected and accomplished physician scientist who will also bring a high degree of experience to our clinical operations at UH. He will work closely with Dr. Costa, and with me in the Department of Medicine to further advance our mission – ‘To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.’”

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Society of Vascular Medicine and Biology, Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Rajagopalan’s reputation as a world-class physician-investigator is supported by an impressive number of original manuscripts published in top scientific journals and invited lectures around the world. He serves on editorial boards for the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Imaging, and the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.


About University Hospitals
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to