Navin Rajagopalan, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplantation
Director, UK Advanced Heart Failure Clinic

Practice areas

Practice areas

Clinical interests

  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Navin Rajagopalan, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplantation
Director, UK Advanced Heart Failure Clinic


My name is Navin Rajagopalan; I am the Medical Director of Cardiac Transplantation at the University of Kentucky. I completed both my undergraduate degree and medical school training at Ohio State University. I completed internal medicine residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota before moving on to the University of Pittsburgh for a cardiovascular fellowship. Following completion of a fellowship, I obtained an additional year of training at the University of Pittsburgh in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation.

I was on faculty for 2 years in the Heart Failure/Transplantation program at the University of Pittsburgh before being recruited to the University of Kentucky. I have served as Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program since 2009.

My clinical interests include advanced heart failure, peripartum cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, mechanical circulatory support, and cardiac transplantation.

Faculty rank

Associate Professor of Medicine


The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Columbus

Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minn.

University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease 


UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic
Medical Plaza East
Suite 150
3 Audubon Plaza Drive
Louisville KY 40217-1319

This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Read more »

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Recent Publications

(Five most recent publications from PubMed via an automated list based on the provider’s ID and the University of Kentucky.)
  1. Boling B, Dennis DR, Tribble TA, Rajagopalan N, Hoopes CW.
    Safety of Nurse-Led Ambulation for Patients on Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.
    Prog Transplant. 2016 Jun;26(2):112-6.
  2. Guglin M, Rajagopalan N, Anaya P, Charnigo R.
    Sildenafil in heart failure with reactive pulmonary hypertension (Sildenafil HF) clinical trial (rationale and design).
    Pulm Circ. 2016 Jun;6(2):161-7.
  3. Reeves JS, Rajagopalan N, Huaman MA.
    Disseminated Streptococcus pneumoniae infection involving a ventricular assist device.
    Transpl Infect Dis. 2015 Aug;17(4):613-6.
  4. Rajagopalan N, Guglin M, Million K, Yanagida R, Hoopes CW.
    Success of left ventricular assist device therapy in uninsured patients.
    Int J Cardiol. 2014 Dec 20;177(3):1087-8.
  5. Rajagopalan N, Yanagida R, Hoopes CW.
    Insertion of Impella 5.0 to improve candidacy for HeartMate II left ventricular assist device placement.
    J Invasive Cardiol. 2014 Apr;26(4):E40-1.

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A Patient's story - Heart disease built a relationship

Congestive heart disease had plagued Reuben Ligon for almost 40 years. It limited his ability to work as a diesel mechanic – a job he loves – and to enjoy time with his family, which includes two sons, a daughter and, now, six grandsons. 

It finally threatened his life.

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