Malolan S. Rajagopalan, MD, MBA

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

I am a staff radiation oncologist, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH. I have an interest and am involved with efforts to integrate technology into clinical practice. I am particularly focused on ways in which technology can be used to improve the quality and efficiency of care and how it can be leveraged to improve patient-physician communication and medical decision making.

Representative Publications

Chapman BV, Rajagopalan MS, Heron DE, Flickinger JC, Beriwal S.  Clinical Pathways – A Catalyst for the Adoption of Hypofractionation in Early Stage Breast Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Nov 15;93(4):854-61. PMID: 26530754.

Gebhardt BJ, Rajagopalan MS, Heron DE, Rakfal SM, Flickinger JC, Gill BS, Beriwal S. The Impact of Dynamic Changes to a Bone Metastases Pathway in a Large, Integrated National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center Network. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2015 Nov-Dec;5(6):398-405. PMID: 26432676.

Gill BS, Bernard ME, Lin JF, Balasubramani GK, Rajagopalan MS, Sukumvanich P, Krivak TC, Olawaiye AB, Kelley JL, Beriwal S. Impact of adjuvant chemotherapy with radiation for node-positive vulvar cancer: An NCDB analysis. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Jun;137(3):365-72. PMID: 25868965

Rajagopalan MS, Flickinger JC, Heron DE, Beriwal S.  Changing Practice Patterns for Breast Cancer Radiotherapy with Clinical Pathways: An Analysis of Hypofractionation in a Large, Integrated Cancer Center Network. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2015. Mar-Apr;5(2):63-69. PMID: 25748004

Kim H, Rajagopalan MS, Beriwal S, Smith K. Cost-effective Analysis of Single Fraction of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Compared to Single Fraction of External Beam Radiotherapy for Palliation of Vertebral Bone Metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Mar 1;91(3):556-63. PMID: 25680599

Rhieu B, Rajagopalan MS, Sukumvanich P, Kelley JL, Ahrendt, GM, Heron DE, Beriwal S. Patterns of Care for Omission of Radiation Therapy for Elderly Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer Receiving Hormonal Therapy. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2015 Jan 22. PMID: 25620165

Xu KM, Rajagopalan MS, Kim H, Beriwal S. Extended Field Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Gynecologic Cancers: Is the Risk of Duodenal Toxicity High? Pract Radiat Oncol. 2014 Nov 5. PMID: 25532491

Gill BS, Beriwal S, Rajagopalan MS, Wang H, Hodges K, Greenberger JS. Quantitative evaluation of radiation oncologists’ adaptability to cost-effective treatment programs?  Pract Radiat Oncol. 2014 Nov 5. PMID: 25544552

Rajagopalan MS, Xu KM, Lin J, Hansen K, Sukumvanich P, Krivak TC, Kelley JL, Beriwal S. Patterns of Care and Brachytherapy Boost Utilization for Vaginal Cancer in the United States. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2015 Jan-Feb;5(1):56-61. PMID: 25413431

Kim H, Rajagopalan MS, Beriwal S, Smith K. Cost-effectiveness Analysis of 3D Image-Guided Brachytherapy Compared to 2D Brachytherapy in the Treatment of Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer. Brachytherapy. 2014 Oct 16. PMID: 25443528.

Rajagopalan MS, Xu KM, Lin JF, Sukumvanich P, Krivak TC, Beriwal S. Adoption and impact of concurrent chemoradiation therapy for vaginal cancer: A National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) study. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Dec;135(3):495-502. PMID: 25281493

Research Interests

Under the auspices of a grant from the Beckwith Institute, we have developed a mobile app-based cancer decision support tool to support patients with brain metastases.  This is a first of its kind tool to use an algorithm that prioritizes a patient's goals and values as well as validated clinical data to support shared decision making in oncology.

With the Radiation Oncology Institute, I have been engaged in an effort to develop an iOS® app and website to provide timely and accurate information regarding symptom management for patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Research Grants

Research grants and/or contract activity:

Source/Grant Number: Beckwith Institute – Clinical Transformation Program

Grant Title: CADET: Cancer Decision Support Tool

Role in Project & Percentage of Effort: Principal investigator (15% effort)

Years Inclusive: 2015-2016

Direct Dollars (total/annual): $35,000.

Indirect Dollars (total/annual):

Source/Grant Number: Radiation Oncology Institute

Grant Title: Best Practices for Toxicity Management in Radiation Oncology

Role in Project & Percentage of Effort: Principal investigator (15% effort)

Years Inclusive: 2013-2014

Direct Dollars (total/annual): $20,000.

Indirect Dollars (total/annual):