Dr. Ganapathi Rao worked in Government Medical Colleges (Calicut, Thrissur and Trivandrum) from 1974 to 2002. In February 2002, he joined the Department of General Medicine at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. During his tenure as Professor and Head of the Department of General Medicine for over ten years, he played a major role in organizing the MBBS teaching and starting MD program in medicine. Currently, he serves as Clinical Professor at the department.
His main interest is in teaching students both UG & PG and getting involved in continuing medical education program organized by professional organizations like Indian Medical Association, Govt. & Private medical colleges – Kerala.
In the field of patient care, his main interests is in palliative care as well as geriatrics. During the 40 years of his professional life, he has mentored more than 40 batches of medical students in various Govt. Medical Colleges as well as Amrita School of Medicine. Many of his students have become very famous doctors working in different parts of the world serving humanity.