Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist

General Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology

Vascular Medicine

Nuclear Cardiology

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Dr. Rao is a board certified interventional cardiologist with extensive training and academic excellence. He received his medical training from Mysore Medical College, India.  He completed his postgraduate training with honors from the prestigious PGIMER, Chandigarh India. He is a Member of Royal College of Physician from England, UK. He trained in Internal medicine from Drexel university hospital. He completed Cardiology Fellowship at Drexel University in Philadelphia. 

Dr. Gopala Krishna Rao

He pursued his interventional cardiology training at Mount Sinai Medical center, NY renowned for its complex cases and high volume. During his career he has done over 1000 intervention procedures. He specializes in transradial coronary as well as peripheral interventions, lower limb amputation prevention advanced techniques.  He offers laser therapy for varicose veins. He has published in many peer-reviewed journals and presented in numerous international cardiology conferences. His goal is to partnership with the patients to understand the disease process and minimize the risk factors.


In his spare time he enjoys playing chess, hiking and outdoor photography.


  • Interventional Cardiology

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Internal Medicine

  • Echocardiography

  • Nuclear Cardiology

  • Vascular Interpretation (VPVI)



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  • Fellowship, Interventional Cardiology: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (2014-2015)

  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Medicine: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (2011-2014)

  • Residency, Internal Medicine: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (2008-2011)

  • Fellowship, Cardiology:  University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, England (2003-2008)

  • Residency, Chief Resident:  Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India (2001-2003)

  • Internship, Internal Medicine:  Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India (1998-2001)

  • Medical School, MD degree:  Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India (2001)

  • Medical School, MBBS degree:  Mysore Medical College, Karnataka, India (1998)


  • 8 th Rank in National Level exam (out of 20,000 candidates) to secure MD training position at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India

  • Won several State level Medical Quiz competitions

  • Selected as a member of Drexel Medical Jeopardy Team, and have won Philadelphia and Pennsylvania state levels for three consecutive years (2008-2011). Awarded second position at National level of the competition at Toronto, conducted by American College of Physicians.


  • American College of Cardiology

  • American College of Physicians

  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of England (MRCP)

  • SCAI


  • Wong PS, Rao GK, Innasimuthu. Validation of a prediction score model to distinguish acute coronary syndromes from other conditions causing raised cardiac troponin T levels. Coron Artery Dis. 2010;21(6) 363-8  PMID: 20661138

  • Rao GK, Noronha B, Innasimuthu AL, Davis G. Patients with Metabolic syndrome presents with non ST elevation myocardial infarction at a younger age and have worse angiography findings. Heart. 2008;94(Supplement II): A36-37

  • Rao GK, Renjith A, Raju P, Davis G. Patients with metabolic syndrome and established ischemic heart disease do not have prolonged QTc interval. Europace. 2008; 10: 22

  • Innasimuthu A, Morris G, Rao G, Fox J, Perry R. Left dominant coronary system in aortic stenosis: an association - cause or effect. Heart. 2007, Jul; 93(Supplement 1):A39. Abstract from BCS meet 2007.

  • Rao GKB, Tuan J, Innasimuthu AL, Noronha B, Clarke K. Impact of implementing NICE guidelines for prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator post myocardial infarction severe left ventricular dysfunction. Europace. 2007;9(supplement 5):V4.

  • Rao GK, Raju P, Antony R, Noronha B, Davis G. Patients presenting with metabolic syndrome and non ST elevation MI (NSTEMI) have relative preservation of renal function. Acute cardiac care 2008; 10(Supplement 3):177

  • Rao GKB, Antony R, Raju P, Chuah S. Bisphosphonate use is associated with decrease in the incidence and severity of aortic stenosis. Cardiovasc prevention and rehabilitation. 2009;16(supplement1):S91

  • Rao GK, Raju P, Antony R, Noronha B, Davis G. Patients with non ST-elevation myocardial infarction have worse left ventricular systolic function at lower troponin T levels. Acute cardiac care 2008; 10(Supplement 3): 133

  • Rao GKB, Innasimuthu AL, Tuan J, Noronha B, Clarke K. Prophylactic ICD for post MI severe LV dysfunction: are we doing enough? J cardiovasc electrophysiology: 2007,18(supplement2);S91

  • Rao GKB, Innasimuthu AL, B Noronha, GK Davis. Risk factors for stroke complicating cardiac catheterization. J coronary artery disease. 2007:7(1);183

  • Rao GKB, Innasimuthu AL, B Noronha, GK Davis. Predictors of complications during angiography in patients with left main coronary artery disease. J coronary artery disease. 2007:7(1);26

  • Rao GKB, Raju P, Rammohan, Chuah S. Profile of prosthetic valve endocarditis: 5 year experience from a tertiary centre. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2008;51(4):520  

  • Rao S, Basu S, Mathews J, Rao GK, Bliss P, Ang Y, Kumar B. Sensory-neural hearing loss an under recognized extra intestinal manifestation of ulcerative colitis. Gut. 2005, May; 54(supplement II):A98

  • Innasimuthu AL, Rao GKB, Salaluddin AS, Noronha B, Chuah S. Right ventricular pacing and left ventricular dysfunction a causal factor. J cardio vasc electrophysiology: 2007,18(supplement2);S107

  • A Innasimuthu, G Rao, B Noronha, K Clarke. Impact of diabetes on mortality of patients with heart failure with reduced Left ventricular function. Circulation online. 2008;117(19):11

  • Noronha B, Rao GK, Davies G. Intravenous amiodarone is superior to DC cardioversion for maintaining sinus rhythm in new onset atrial fibrillation (poster 3977) European Heart Journal (2008) 29 (Abstract Suppl) 636

  • P Raju, Rao GK, Bhamidipathi R, Rammohan, H, Anthony R, Davis G. Use of composite cardiovascular risk calculator in current practice. European Heart Journal (2008) 29 (Abstract Suppl) 604.

  • Innasimuthu A, Rao G, Stephens B, Clarke K. Is left ventricular systolic function a predictor of mortality in patients with heart failure? 2008;17(sup1): S21-S22.

  • Innasimuthu AL, Siddhi SS, Rao GK. Clinical presentation and ECG changes--how good is it in diagnosing troponin positive acute coronary syndrome. Anadolu Kardiyol Derg. 2007 Jul;7 Suppl 1:168-70.  PMID: 17584715

  • Rao GKB, Innasimuthu AL, Davis GK. Artefact or Polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. J of Electrocardiology 2007; 40(6):514.

  • AL Innasimuthu, R Sankarnarayanan, G Rao, RS Hornung. An unusual cause of breathlessness in a young man. Canadian J card. 2009;25(6):369-371  PMID 19536382

  • AL Innasimuthu, G. K. Rao; P. Wong. Persistent left side superior venacava- a pacing challenge. Acute cardiac care. 2007;9 (4): 252

  • AL Innasimuthu, GK Rao, KW Clarke. Lipomatous hypertrophy of interatrial septum. J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2007; 37:313

  • Innasimuthu AL, Rao GK, Chuah S. Left atrial compression by a hiatus hernia. J Cardiovasc Comp Tomo. 2007;1(2):106-107  PMID: 19083888

  • Raju P, Rao GK, Davis GK. Pericardial effusion in patients with schizophrenia: are they on clozapine?. Emerg Med J.2008;25:383-384 PMID: 18499836


  • General Cardiology and Cardiovascular consultations

  • Preventive cardiology, Pre-op Evaluations , Advanced Lipid Testing, Coronary Calcium Score

  • Cardiac imaging: Echocardiography, Transesophageal Echo, nuclear cardiology, vascular ultrasound

  • Hemodynamic evaluation (right heart catheterization, pulmonary hypertension management, valvular heart disease)

  • PAD evaluation, non healing ulcers, varicose veins, unexplained edema, ABI

  • Coronary and peripheral intervention (Cardiac Catheterization, Percutanous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Atherectomy, Peripheral artery intervention, retrograde intervention)

  • Coronary and peripheral arterial Transradial intervention

  • Varicose vein laser therapy, Venous stenting, IVC filters, catheter based therapy for DVT/PE

  • Arrhythmia evaluation and management (EKG, Event monitor, Implantable loop recorder, Electrical Cardioversion)

  • Heart Failure Management


"Diagnosed by doctors in Middlesboro in 2014. Was sent to Pineville Hospital to see Dr. Peterson. Saw him and was recommended to Dr. Krishna then He examined me and my results from Middlesboro and got me on the right medicine then fo my heart. Had problems with my doctor in Middlesboro. Said I had Chronic Congestive Heart Failure and to deal with it. Did not give me the proper medicine. Did not receive the proper medicine until I met him. Checked me until I came back to Georgia in 2015. Excellent doctor." ~ James H.


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