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Rajesh Sekar, MD, PhD

Resident Cardiac Surgery

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Rajesh Sekar, MD, PhD


Rajesh was born and brought up in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India. After completion of his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering at Anna University (Chennai, India), he continued his education with a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at University of Virginia and eventually matriculated to the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His Masters research was focused on development of Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) techniques to study protein interactions and localizations inside living cells, and his Ph.D. research at Johns Hopkins was focused on the development of a novel tissue model of cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes to understand the role of inwardly rectifying potassium current, IK1, in controlling the dynamics of electrophysiological spiral waves responsible for ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation and to understand their significance as an antiarrhythmia target. Working on biomedical research projects and interacting with several clinicians during that time instilled in him a strong desire to pursue medicine and to work directly with patients. He then matriculated to the M.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During medical school, Rajesh received the AATS summer intern scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to spend his summer working and researching in the Departments of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Johns Hopkins, where he became fully invested in pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery. Rajesh then matched to the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program (I-6) at Yale and is looking forward to continuing a career in academic medicine after the completion of his residency.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2013)
  • PhD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering (2009)