Alaina Rajagopal

Dr. Alaina Rajagopal, host of The Emergency Docs podcast, is a licensed and board certified emergency medicine physician, scientist, actor, and host of the Emergency Docs Podcast with 10+ years’ experience in each field. She is on a mission to inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists, and strong female leaders and also help patients become more informed about medicine.

Podcast Description

The world of medicine is notoriously complicated, especially when it comes to emergency care. There’s a wealth of information available. Unfortunately, much of it is overwhelming and difficult for the average person to understand. And when you add a pandemic into the mix, it’s easy for patients and their loved ones to feel scared and uncertain.


Dr. Alaina Rajagopal saw this fear firsthand at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. She witnessed how misinformation spread like wildfire as our nation searched for answers.


As a trained emergency medicine physician, virologist, and global health specialist, Dr. Rajagopal knew she had to do something. She launched The Emergency Docs Podcast – a series that educates and empowers the public about emergency medicine and diseases.


While creating the podcast, Dr. Rajagopal (known as Dr. R in the podcast) had a realization. She saw that so much valuable information existed that the general public never gets to see. Often, they’re left to form their own opinions about emergency care from the television shows or movies they watch. This overdramatization does little to inform them of the realities of emergency medicine.


Dr. R sought to correct this through the careful design of her podcast episodes. Episode topics range from particular diseases, disease processes, interviews with leading ER doctors, and interviews with patients who have experienced emergency care. At the heart of each episode is the intersection of humanity and medicine.


Dr. R’s passion is to put a personal face to medicine. Emergency medicine clinicians are strong, inspirational people. Like their patients, they also experience love and loss. This podcast series spotlights the many facets of emergency medical providers – from their many job functions, to the struggles physicians face in the ER, to personal triumphs and downfalls.


Season two of The Emergency Docs Podcast will feature a new series of episodes titled, “COVID Reflections.” The main focus is on ER docs (and other clinicians) sharing their experiences with COVID. The “COVID Reflections” series will be in addition to the regular The Emergency Doc episodes. The Emergency Docs is also excited to announce they will be launching their YouTube channel this season.

Executive Biography
Dr. Alaina (Brinley) Rajagopal is a physician scientist and podcast host (“The Emergency Docs”) working in emergency medicine in Southern California. She also develops medical diagnostic technologies at the California Institute of Technology and is the Founder and CMO of Esperto Medical, a medical diagnostics company. She trained in biology at Kalamazoo College studying and interning in various fields including paleontology, conservation biology, spaceflight microbiology, and spaceflight controlled biological systems. 

After gaining her bachelor’s degree, she went to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) to pursue a Ph.D. in preventive medicine, public health, virology, and space life sciences. Her work was completed in the microbiology laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center studying Epstein Barr virus reactivation during spaceflight. She also worked on viral reactivation in spaceflight analogs, such as Antarctica. During graduate school, she also obtained her private pilot’s license. After finishing graduate school, she then began medical school, also at UTMB. She continued to work in the field of viral reactivation in spaceflight and spaceflight analogs; however, also focused her clinical work on medical treatment in remote environments on Earth (such as Kenya, The Philippines, Brazil, and Nepal). She has spent greater than 11 months abroad working in remote and austere environments. She then completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Rajagopal has also earned a Certificate in Tropical and Travel Medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). She continues to work as a physician scientist in fields related to austere medicine and her current research focuses on development of tools to assist clinicians with medical diagnostics in remote locations. 

Her research on medical diagnostics in remote locations formed the basis of the work for her company, Esperto Medical. Dr. Rajagopal is Founder and CMO of the company. Esperto Medical uses ultrasound-based technologies to improve blood pressure monitoring and autonomous ultrasound. The company has gotten seed funding and currently has six employees. 


Dr. Rajagopal is also the host of The Emergency Docs podcast, which is available on over seven listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. The show has listeners in nearly 40 countries with the primary audience in the United States. She has also been a guest on several other podcasts, including Empowerography, Soundtrack Your Life, and EM Code.


Dr. Rajagopal and the podcast have been featured in various media such as USA Today, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Popsugar, Fansided, The Pregnancy Journal, and Owl Guru.

When she is not working in science, she enjoys spending time with her family, acting, flying airplanes, mountain climbing, and traveling. As an actor, she has been featured in national commercials for well-known brands and has played leading and supporting characters in short and feature films. She has also performed in several radio plays, available by podcast. 
As a mountain climber, she enjoys hiking in various California mountain ranges and has made multiple summits of Mount Baldy, Mount Whitney, Half Dome, San Gorgonio, Alta Peak, Mount Lassen, among others. Outside of the United States, she has climbed Kala Pattar and been to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas. She has also climbed Aconcagua, the second tallest of the Seven Summits, in Argentina. She enjoys being outdoors whenever she gets the chance and loves to explore new places through travel and learning about other cultures and people. 

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Dr. Alaina Rajagopal is a board certified and licensed emergency medicine physician, scientist, actor, and host of the Emergency Docs Podcast with 10+ years’ experience in each field. She provides human-centered education, patient care, research, and storytelling for the general public. As a child, shows and movies like Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, and ER inspired her, but she saw limited empowered female representation. As a podcast host and actor, she inspires the next generation of explorers, scientists, and strong female leaders and also help patients become more informed about medicine so that they can make well-informed decisions regarding their medical care.

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Press Coverage
Below is a sampling of press coverage on Alaina Rajagopal and The Emergency Docs

USA Today:
How safe are winter outdoor activities during the coronavirus pandemic? Experts weigh in

Worried about airport layovers during COVID-19? Here's what you can do to stay safe

Summer travel: How to plan a safe and fun long-weekend trip

Thrive Global:
Dr. Alaina Rajagopal of ‘The Emergency Docs Podcast’: “I would encourage you to figure out what sort of physical activity works for you.”

Authority Magazine:
Inspirational Women in STEM and Tech: Alaina Rajagopal of Esperto Medical On The 5 Leadership Lessons She Learned From Her Experience

Total Health: Dr. Alaina Rajagopal of ‘The Emergency Docs Podcast’ On How We Can Optimize Our Mental, Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Wellbeing

Academic Times

No-cuff blood pressure monitor could provide doctors beat-to-beat data

You Can Take a Pain Reliever After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine, but Don't Do It Before


Community Spotlight: We Love This Member's Practical-Meets-Glamorous Style


The Story Exchange:

She's Making Knowledge about the Pandemic and Medicine Accessible

Pregnancy Journal

COVID-19, Pregnancy, Nursing, and Vaccination: Perspective of an ER Doctor


What you should know about getting the COVID vaccine while pregnant


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Owl Guru
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