Raja R. Gopaldas MD FACS



Dr Gopaldas joined Prairie Heart Institute in 2014. He Gopaldas completed his training in heart surgery at the prestigious Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine under the mentorship of world renowned heart surgeon and pioneer in the field, Dr. Denton A. Cooley. Dr. Gopaldas gained his experience in complex aortic and aneurysm surgery under the most renowned aortic surgeon Dr. Joseph S. Coselli.  Additionally, Dr. Gopaldas, gained his experience in thoracic oncology (focusing on lung and esophageal cancer ) at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Gopaldas is very well accomplished and one of the youngest heart surgeons to be trained at the Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Gopaldas has won numerous awards and accolades in the field of surgery, research and  education. Dr. Gopaldas strives to develop a strong aortic aneurysm program in Springfield, IL as a part of the Prairie Aortic Aneurysm Program - the A-Team initiative. 

Before coming to Prairie Heart Institute,  he worked as a heart surgeon at the University of Missouri from 2010 and was the the Director of Cardiothoracic Research. He specializes primarily in heart and aortic surgery , lung and vascular surgery. Dr. Gopaldas was also elected to the faculty council of MU in 2012 and represented the School of Medicine. In the same year, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.