Owensboro Health Welcomes Cardiologist Dr. Rangadham Nagarakanti To One Health Medical Group
Dr. Rangadham Nagarakanti
Medicine is a listening science, said Dr. Rangadham Nagarakanti, the newest cardiologist with Owensboro Health’s One Health medical group.
An expert in the subspecialty area of electrophysiology, Dr. Nagarakanti will be treating patients by studying and managing the natural electrical rhythms of the heart. He is a native of Bangalore, India and a graduate of Bangalore University Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania, followed by three research fellowships. The first fellowship was in cardiology research at the Lankenau Research Institute of Jefferson Medical College in Pennsylvania. The second fellowship was in clinical cardiology at Louisiana State University. The third fellowship was in cardiac electrophysiology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Dr. Nagarakanti carries board certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine in two subspecialties, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and also holds certifications in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.
Cardiology is deeply rooted in heavy science and mathematics, Dr. Nagarakanti said. That’s why he chose it.
“I always liked the intricacies of the human body, as I was growing up I was good in science and biology. Because of my interest and enthusiasm for learning about the human body, I chose to go into the medical profession,” Dr. Nagarakanti said. “I was interested in math, science and biology. Cardiology is a good mix of everything, where we deal with hemodynamics and electricity of the heart.
“There's a lot of scope for science in cardiology. Electrophysiology is my favorite part of the job,” Dr. Nagarakanti said. “It's one of the newest fields in cardiology and it is evolving. I thought I could contribute to this evolving science.”
But it doesn’t stop with science.
“It's a very humble and noble profession, being a doctor and being able to heal someone,” Dr. Nagarakanti said. “I'm a good listener. I try to listen to their story and spend most of the time with patients and family.”
Having a listening ear can be the difference between helping a patient and healing them.
“Listening gives me a good insight into not just the health aspect, but also the social aspect. Treating an individual patient involves all these other things, and it's a whole circle,” Dr. Nagarakanti said. “For example, when I treat electrical disorders of the heart, I also get details of other diseases like (the patient’s risks for or presence of) heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, obesity and diabetes. Nothing stands alone. It's a contribution of factors. To find all that, you have to be a good listener.”
Dr. Nagarakanti said he chose to come to Owensboro Health because of the opportunities here.
“I think this is a unique health system in that it is very organized. It has a lot of interest in developing all the specialties of cardiology. There's also a collegial attitude among the cardiologists, working together to better the care for our cardiac patients. That's what interested me the most,” Dr. Nagarakanti said. “I really like the hospital because it is so beautiful. I think it is like any of the top-notch hospitals in the United States.”
And Owensboro is a place where Dr. Nagarakanti and his wife, an infectious disease physician, can raise their two daughters.
“The people have been very nice since I moved here. The community is well-rounded and it is very inviting for a new physician like me,” Dr. Nagarakanti said.
In his free time, Dr. Nagarakanti enjoys tennis, badminton, cooking and staying active.