Arun Rajagopal, MD

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Arun Rajagopal grew up in the Dallas area and moved to Utah in 2003.  His wife’s family hails from Utah and he has extensive family connections here.  Prior to his arrival in Utah, Dr. Rajagopal was Assistant Professor and director of the Pain Management fellowship program at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. 

Dr. Rajagopal graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.  His post-graduate training included an internship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, followed by a 3-year residency in Anesthesiology and 1-year Pain Management Fellowship at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. 


Doctorate of Medicine, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, Texas
August 1988 – June 1992

B.S. Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude)
University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas,
Richland Junior College
Dallas, Texas

Pain Management
University of New Mexico Hospitals,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
January 1997 – January 1998

University of New Mexico Hospitals
Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 1993 - July 1996

Internal Medicine
Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC
June 1992 - June 1993


Board Certification
Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology
since 1997

American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Management
since 1998

Texas J4461
1998 - 2007

Utah 5376639-1205
since 2003

Hawaii MD-17166
since 2013

Research and Publications

ANSP00-076: Oral Transmucosal Fentanyl Citrate (Actiq) For Cancer Pain
A pilot study to assess its efficacy as a sole agent
Cephalon Corp., $35,000

ID01-451: Prevalence of Secondary Hypogonadism In Male Patients On Chronic Opioid Therapy For Cancer-Related Pain Syndromes
Internal institutional funding: $20,000

DM02-317: Co-Principal Investigator, A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Of Intrathecal Ziconotide In Adults with Severe Chronic Pain
October 2002 - present

ANS01-236: Co-principal Investigator, Revised Protocol For A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Comparison Of The Analgesic Activity Of Valdecoxib (SC-65872) 40mg BID As Add-On Therapy To Opioid Medications With Chronic Cancer Pain
2001 – Completed



Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Burton AW, Rajagopal A, Shah HN, Mendoza T, Cleeland C, Hassenbusch, SJ, Arens JF: Epidural and Intrathecal Analgesia is Effective in Treating Refractory Cancer Pain
Pain Medicine 2004(5),3:239-247

Rajagopal A, Bruera E. Symptomatic Hypogonadism in Male Cancer Survivors with Chronic Exposure to Opioids, Cancer, 2004,100(4):851-858

Rajagopal A, Bruera E.  Improvement in Sexual Function After Reduction of Chronic High-Dose Opioid Medication in a Cancer Survivor, Pain Medicine, 2003,4:377-381

Rajagopal A, Kala S, Bruera E. Possible Exacerbation of Adrenal Suppression from Intrathecal Morphine in a Patient Receiving Pulsed Dexamethasone for Multiple Myeloma, J Pain Symp Manage, 2003 26(3):786-788

Rajagopal A, Vassilopoulou-Sellin R, Palmer JL, Kaur G, Bruera E. Hypogonadism and Sexual Dysfunction in Male Cancer Survivors Receiving Chronic Opioid Therapy, J Pain Symp Manage

Reddy S, Rajagopal A, Gouondraj N. Palliative medicine - tutorial part 2, Pain Practice, 2(1):56-64, 2002

Reddy S, Rajagopal A, Gouondraj N., Palliative medicine - tutorial part 1, Pain Practice, 1(4):354-368, 2001

Rajagopal A, Bruera E. The Role of the internet in palliative care Progress in Palliative Care, 8(5):271-275, 2000.

Jeffrey FMH, Rajagopal A, Malloy CR, Sherry AD., 13C NMR: a simple yet comprehensive method for intermediary metabolism. Trends in Biochemical Sciences, 16(1): 5-10, 1991

Sherry AD, Malloy CR, Roby RE, Rajagopal A, Jeffrey FMH. Propionate metabolism in the rat heart by 13C n.m.r. spectroscopy, Biochemical Journal, 254(2), 593-598, 1988


Shah HN, Mendoza T, Rajagopal A, Burton AW, Arens JF.  Neurolytic Splanchnic Nerve Block Effectively Relieves Pain in Patients with Refractory Abdominal Pain Related to Upper Abdominal Malignancies. Anesthesiology 2003; 99:A1024

Rajagopal A, Vassilopoulou-Sellin R, Bruera E. Central Hypogonadism in Cancer Survivors on Chronic Opioid Medications, Pain Medicine 2003, 4(1):95

Rajagopal A, Vassilopoulou-Sellin R, Bruera E. Sexual Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors on Chronic Opioid Medications, Pain Medicine 2003, 4(1):107

Burton A, Rajagopal A, Danielson M, Roach P, Kyllo M, Guo H, Mendoza T, Hassenbusch S.
Reduction In Pain and Oral Opioid Intake Following Intrathecal Pump Implantation, IASP 10th Congress World on Pain 2002

Jeffrey FMH, Rajagopal A, Sherry AD, Malloy CR. The use of 13C as a tracer in studies in intermediary metabolism. Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 9th Annual Meeting, 1990

Malloy CR, Thompson JR, Jeffrey FMH, Srere HK, Rajagopal, A, Sherry AD. Substrate competition during low flow ischemia, American Heart Association, 63rd Scientific Sessions, 1990

Malloy CR, Rajagopal A, Jeffrey FMH, Sherry AD. Relative and absolute isotope enrichment in metabolite pools of the heart by 13C NMR. Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 7th Annual Meeting, 1988.


Burton AW, Rajagopal A, Cleeland CS, Hassenbusch SJ, Carr DB.  Mangement of Cancer Pain. JAMA 2004:291(9):1067-69.


White C, Rajagopal A. Intraspinal Therapy. In: de Leon-Casasola O Ed. Cancer Pain: Pharmacologic, Interventional, and Palliative Care Approaches, Philadelphia: Elsevier Publishing, 2006.

Fukshansky M, Phan PC, Rajagopal A. Electrical Stimulation of the Nervous System
In: Abram SE Ed. Requisites in Anesthesiology: Pain Medicine. Philadelphia Elsevier Publishing, 2006

Rajagopal A, Shah H. Anesthesia for the chronic pain patient. In: Shaw AD, Riedel BJCJ, Burton AW, et al, eds. Perioperative Cancer Medicine: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Control in Cancer Patients. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2005.

Switzer ND, Rajagopal A. Oncologic Emergencies: Pulmonary Embolus, Superior Vena Cava Syndrome, Cardiac Tamponade and Respiratory Emergencies In: Shaw AD, Riedel BJCJ, Burton AW, et al, eds. Perioperative Cancer Medicine: Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Control in Cancer Patients. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2005.

Switzer N, Rajagopal A. Cancer pain emergencies. In: Yeung SJ, Escalante C,
Eds. Holland-Frei Oncologic Emergencies. 17:355-368, 2002

Rajagopal A, Abram SE. Electrical stimulation of the nervous system. In: Abram SE, Haddox JD, Eds. The Pain Clinic Manual, Second Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.