Raja R. Gopaldas MD


Dr Gopaldas joined University of Missouri in 2010 and is the Director of Cardiothoracic Research. He specializes primarily in heart and aortic surgery , lung and esophageal surgery. Dr. Gopaldas was elected to the faculty council of University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012 and represents the School of Medicine. In the same year, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. 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 serves as an academic faculty at the University of Missouri and is involved in  research focusing on the outcomes of patients undergoing heart and lung surgery, apart from performing complex surgical procedures.