Ambarish Gopal, MD

Ambarish Gopal, MD, FACC, FSCCT

Cardiology Plano, TX

Consultant in Cardiovascular Medicine, The Heart Group, Plano, Texas

Office Address

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  • The Heart Group
    4716 Alliance Blvd, Suite 340
    Plano, TX 75093
    Phone: (972) 566-7733
    Fax: (469) 800-6110


  • Dr. Ambarish Gopal is a clinical, imaging and interventional cardiologist at the The Heart Group, Plano, Texas. Dr. Gopal completed a two-year research fellowship in cardiovascular CT at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California. As the Assistant Director of cardiovascular CT, he helped direct research and was involved as faculty in training numerous cardiologists and radiologists visiting from all over the world. Dr. Gopal is a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), and is also a co-author of the quarterly SCCT recent publications newsletter from the SCCT. He is internationally recognized and is extensively published in the field of cardiovascular CT. He is a level 3 expert in cardiac & vascular CT imaging and is a founding member of the SCCT. Dr. Gopal completed his general cardiology fellowship at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California, and his interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. He is also formally trained in transesophageal echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

Dr. Gopal's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Cardiology: General Cardiology
  • Clinical Interests: Dr. Gopal's special areas of interest include cardiovascular CT imaging; valvular heart disease and cardiovascular interventions (coronary; structural & vascular).

Dr. Gopal's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Medical Director of Cardiovascular CT Imaging ServicesTHE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano
    Plano, TX
  • Assistant DirectorLos Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
    Torrance, CA
  • Internist & Medical DirectorFamily Health Center of Columbia County
    Lake City, FL
  • Registered medical practitionerPrivate Practice
    Chennai, India

Dr. Gopal's Education & Medical Training

  • U Southern CaliforniaU Southern CaliforniaFellowship, Interventional Cardiology (IM)
  • Loma Linda UniversityLoma Linda UniversityFellowship, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Loma Linda University School of MedicineLoma Linda University School of MedicineFellowship, Cardiology
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterHarbor-UCLA Medical CenterFellowship, Cardiovascular CT Imaging
  • Indiana University School of MedicineIndiana University School of MedicineFellowship, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State UniversityHenry Ford Hospital/Wayne State UniversityResidency, Internal Medicine
  • Henry Ford HospitalHenry Ford HospitalInternship, Pediatrics
  • Chingleput Med CollChingleput Medical CollegeMedical School

Dr. Gopal's Certifications & Licensure

  • TX State Medical LicenseTX State Medical License2004 - 2016
  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical LicenseActive through 2013
  • American Board of Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine, 1998, Current
  • American Board of Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal MedicineCardiovascular Disease, 2011
  • CBCCTCBCCTCardiovascular CT, 2010, Current
  • CBNCCBNCNuclear Cardiology, 2010, Current

Dr. Gopal's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Department of Family Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine (2008-2009)Resident/Fellow Consultant of the YearDepartment of Family Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine (2008-2009), 2009
  • MBBS CourseOutstanding academic record in the University exams each yearMBBS Course, 1991

Dr. Gopal's Publications & Presentations

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Journal Articles

  • Cardiac CT in the emergency room.Gopal A, Akincioglu C, Budoff MJ, Applied Radiology; 36(12): 31-43
  • Reviewing Large Field of Views on Cardiac CT does not lead to improved outcomes.Budoff MJ, Gopal A, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions; 70(2): 326-328
  • Cardiac CT Angiography (CTA) and Nuclear Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI)-A Comparison in Detecting Significant Coronary Artery Disease.Budoff MJ, Rasouli ML, Shavelle DM, Gopal A, Gul KM, Mao SS, Liu SH, McKay CR, Academic Radiology; 14(3): 252-7

Books/Book Chapters

  • Endovascular Interventions: A CaseBased Approach to Methods and Procedures.Chapter: Carotid Interventions with the challenging aortic arch & access
    Gopal A, Matthews RV, Shavelle DM, Clavijo LC
    Editors: Drs. Robert S. Dieter, Raymond Dieter, III, Raymond Dieter, Jr., and Aravinda Nanjundappa..Springer
  • Endovascular Interventions: A Case-Based Approach to Methods and ProceduresChapter: Peripheral Arterial & Graft Thrombolysis
    Gopal A, Shavelle DM, Matthews RV, Clavijo LC
    Editors: Drs. Robert S. Dieter, Raymond Dieter, III, Raymond Dieter, Jr., and Aravinda Nanjundappa.Springer
  • Echocardiography: A Case Studies Based Approach by Pai RG, Chandraratna PAN, Varadarajan P and Malik S.Chapter: Aortic Stenosis.
    Gopal A, Sheth C, Vardarajan, Pai RG
    Editors: .Jones & Bartlett Learning
    Edition 1,
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  • Digital Thermal Reactivity Decreases With the Severity of Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosed by 64 Multidetector CT.Ahmadi N, Nuguri V, Usman N, Hajsadeghi F, Honoris L, Gul K, Gopal A, Pal RS, Nasir K, Hecht H, Naghavi M, Budoff MJ, J Am Coll Cardiol.; 51(Suppl): A149
  • Measurement of left and right ventricular volumes by cardiac CT.Mao SS, Gao J, Takasu J, Ferrer M, Young E, Critchfield J, Ahmadi N, Shareghi S, Gopal A, Budoff MJ, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology; 14(2): S91
  • Association Of The Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes And Framingham Risk Score With Coronary Artery Calcium.Ibebuogu UN, Wong ND, Ramirez J, Mao SS, Hajsadeghi F, Gopal A, Flores FR, Budoff MJ, Circulation.; 116(II): 743
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  • Nightmares in the Cath Lab.American Heart Association Committee on Scientific Sessions Program 2011


  • The value of Coronary Calcium Scoring.Budoff MJ and Gopal A

Dr. Gopal's Professional Memberships

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Anthem HealthKeepers HMO/POS
  • Anthem KeyCare PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS New Mexico PPO
  • BCBS Texas BlueChoice
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Coventry Carelink Health Plans PPO
  • Coventry Virginia - HMO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Lovelace Health Plan PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

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