Title: Inaugural Director, Cardio-Oncology Center of Excellence
Company: The Ohio State University
Location: New Albany, Ohio, United States
Ragavendra R. Baliga, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, FACC, Inaugural Director of the Cardio-Oncology Center of Excellence at The Ohio State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cardiology.
Dr. Ragavendra celebrates more than 35 years as a cardiologist specializing in complex cases of heart disease, heart failure, and co-occurring cancers. Born and raised in India by a family of high-achieving engineers and political figures, Dr. Ragavendra explains that for them, “leaving the planet a better place was a way of life.” A talented student with many career options, he earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at St. John’s Medical College in 1984. Dr. Ragavendra continued his studies while completing his internship and residency at Victoria Hospital and St. John’s Medical College Hospital, and was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree by Bangalore Medical College in 1988. He began his career in the U.K., working at Hammersmith Hospital and the National Spinal Injuries Center in addition to accepting a one-year clinical research fellowship at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School.
In 1995, Dr. Ragavendra came to the United States, joining the staff of Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital for two years before being awarded consecutive fellowships in heart failure at Boston University Medical School and heart transplantation at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He became an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan and a staff cardiologist at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1999. While working at the University of Michigan, Dr. Ragavendra again continued his education, ultimately finishing a Master of Business Administration at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2004. He would remain with the school until 2005 when he accepted a position as Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation & Preventive Cardiology and clinical professor of internal medicine at The Ohio State University. Dr. Ragavendra was named Director of Heart Disease, Cancer Patients, and Cancer Survivors at The Ohio State University Cardio-Oncology Center, where he assembled a team of specialist clinicians to address low survival rates in patients with cardiac cancers or comorbid cancers.
Dr. Ragavendra is the editor-in-chief of McGraw Hill’s “Textbook of Cardiology,” a frequent contributor to professional journals and conferences, and a member of the editorial boards of publications including Practical Cardiology, the Global Heart Journal, and the Imaging Journal. In recognition of his commitment to furthering the field of cardiology, Dr. Ragavendra has been made a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and honored with dozens of awards, most recently the 2017 American College of Cardiology Gifted Educator Award.
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