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Gopalkumar Rakesh MD, PGY3 Resident Physician, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University


Gopalkumar Rakesh MD is a currently a third year resident in Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. Between finishing medical school in India and starting residency at Duke he worked extensively with brain stimulation and imaging in psychiatry disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) - a premier institute for mental health treatment and research in Bangalore India. At the institute he was engaged in both clinical activities and research initially as a psychiatry resident and subsequently as an Imaging Research Fellow. At Duke he has been affiliated with the brain stimulation lab where he has continued his research with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). He has published in brain stimulation and has served as a Review Editor for the Frontiers Journal of Pharmacology since 2013. He is also the Associate Editor for the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal. Some of his recent achievements are a travel award to attend the American Psychiatry Association (APA) Research Colloquium and Biological Psychiatry conference in 2016, honorable mention commendation from the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program (ORAP) and being a finalist at the APA Psychiatry Innovation lab contest 2016 as well. Some of his interests are brain stimulation, psychopharmacology and using big data analytics in psychiatry. Following his residency at Duke he aims for a future in academia to continue publishing about his research and also get funded for the same.

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