Gopalkumar Rakesh, MD

  • Psychiatry


  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Research
  • Addiction Disorders


Dr. Gopalkumar Rakesh has expertise in non-invasive brain stimulation. He trained at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore which is at the forefront of biological psychiatry research in India. Following this, he transitioned to Duke University Medical Center where he completed his psychiatry residency and a neuroimaging fellowship at the VA. He spearheads a multidisciplinary research endeavor to examine brain stimulation paradigms with biomarker correlates in substance use disorders.

Faculty Rank

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Awards & recognitions

    • Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Award Program (CDLP) Awarded by Anxiety and Depression Association of America 2022
    • Co-Vice Chair, Early Career SIG, ADAA 2020-2021
    • Co-Chair, Early Career SIG, ADAA 2021-2022
    • Group for Advancement of Psychiatry Fellowship 2017-19
    • Resident of the year (research), Duke Psychiatry 2018
    • Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) Chairman’s Choice Award 2017
    • NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program (ORAP) – Honorable Mention 2016


Training & Education


Trichur Medical College, Thrissur, India


Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

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