Rahul Loungani, MD

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Education and Training

Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Career and Research Goals

Clinical research in advanced heart failure

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • Daniel Baker Award, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Henry Tracy Ivy Award, Medical University of South Carolina

Fellow Perspective

Tell us briefly about your background before fellowship?
I earned my MD at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC and then completed my internal medicine training in the Osler Medical Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital

What are your career plans in cardiology?
I plan on pursuing an advanced fellowship in heart failure. Part of my love for cardiology comes from my fascination with heart failure pathophysiology. I hope to be able to utilize both invasive and non-invasive hemodynamic data to better profile and phenotype atypical populations of cardiomyopathy.

Why did you choose Duke for your fellowship training?
My goal for cardiovascular fellowship training is first, and foremost, to be an excellent clinical cardiologist. Our clinical training, particularly our training in the CCU, is quite rigorous. We are primarily responsible for caring for the sickest patients not only in the hospital, but around the state, that are transferred in for our care. However, I wanted to be at an institution that would be willing to teach me research skills, connect me with the right mentors, and provide a breadth of research opportunities as I discovered which niche of cardiology suited me most. The Duke Cardiology Fellowship certainly encompasses all these traits.

What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
While it’s important to choose a fellowship program that matches your specific sets of interest and your vision for your career, be aware that sometimes interests can change, particularly as you are exposed to areas of cardiology that you have not really experienced before. In that scenario, it’s best to choose a program that’s has excellent opportunities across a breadth of clinical and research areas. I felt confident that no matter what path I decided to take or what research interests I developed, I could find what I needed in the Duke cardiology program.

From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
The volume of cardiovascular disease here is beyond even what I expected, and there are leaders here in every aspect of cardiology. I’ve also learned that my co-fellows are exceptionally bright; I have no doubt they will be leaders in the field of cardiology, and some of them are already on their way to being so. Despite all of this, they’re all humble, collegial, and extremely welcoming!

How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
Great! My wife and I were able to recently purchase a house which was very affordable. We frequently enjoy the many great restaurants in downtown Durham. We’ve been able to travel to the beautiful North Carolina beaches which are close-by, and have spent time exploring the other cities in the Triangle – Chapel Hill and Raleigh – each of which has its own unique vibe.


Houston, BA, Kalathiya, RJ, Hsu, S, Loungani, R, Davis, ME, Coffin, ST, Haglund, N, Maltais, S, Keebler, ME, Leary, PJ, Judge, DP, Stevens, GR, Rickard, J, Sciortino, CM, Whitman, GJ, Shah, AS, Russell, SD, and Tedford, RJ. "Right ventricular afterload sensitivity dramatically increases after left ventricular assist device implantation: A multi-center hemodynamic analysis." The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation : the Official Publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation 35, no. 7 (July 2016): 868-876.

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Leppard, W, Loungani, R, Saylors, B, and Delaney, K. "Mythology to reality: Case report on a giant cutaneous horn of the scalp in an African American female." Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 67, no. 1 (January 2014): e22-e24.

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Morgan, BP, Gilliard, RJ, Loungani, RS, and Smith, RC. "Poly( p -phenylene ethynylene) Incorporating Sterically Enshrouding m -Terphenyl Oxacyclophane Canopies." Macromolecular Rapid Communications 30, no. 16 (August 18, 2009): 1399-1405.

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