Dr Rajagopal is the director of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Science, the WHO Collaborating Center at Trivandrum and the founder-chairman of “Pallium India”.
His initiatives to remove regulatory barriers in availability of oral morphine for pain relief have contributed to simplification of narcotic regulations and amendment of the NDPS Act of India in 2014. His initiative has also contributed to the development of a Government policy on Palliative Care in the state of Kerala in 2008 and Government of India’s National Palliative Care Strategy in 2012.
The international organization “Human Rights Watch” honored him with Alison Des Forges award at Los Angeles in November 2014.
In 2017, a documentary film titled “Hippocratic: 18 experiments in gently shaking the world” based on Dr. Rajagopal’s contributions to palliative care was released by Moonshine Agency, Australia (http://hippocraticfilm.com/).
In 2018, Dr Rajagopal was honored with Padma Shri, the third highest civilian award given annually from Republic of India.
He is also the author of “Walk with the weary”.