Dr. "Raj" Mukherjee obtained his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was accepted into the select BS/MD program as a Presidential Scholar and where he graduated in 3 years at the top of his class, summa cum laude with university honors as a Biology major. He received his institution's highest undergraduate research award for his work on the role of calcineurin in status epilepticus.
He received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, where he was named a C. Everett Koop Scholar, Rhodes Scholar finalist, Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society member, and where he served as a health policy fellow under Surgeon General Richard Carmona. Following medical school, Raj was recruited to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he studied epidemiology, biostatistics, and clinical design as a Sommer Scholar, Albert Schweitzer Fellow, and member of Delta Omega Honor Society. Dr. Mukherjee was also a Halsted surgical intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he received awards for clinical excellence as well as the Resident Golden Apple Teaching Award.
Dr. Mukherjee's clinical research has focused on finding ways to improve brain tumor patient outcomes. He has lead efforts to update a 10-year brain tumor retrospective database at Johns Hopkins, he has mined national databases including the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database, and he is developing a prospective database to capture quality of life data on patients with low- and high-grade gliomas, pituitary adenomas, and metastatic CNS tumors at multiple institutions across the country. He is also involved in multi-disciplinary work aimed at using pre-operative MRI signal characteristics in conjunction with tumor cell genetic deletions and histological markers with the aim of providing future patients better pre-operative prognosistic information while providing providers useful new information for operative planning.
Dr. Mukherjee has been a prolific scientific writer, publishing more than 15 manuscripts within the last year, including first-authored publications in British Medical Journal, Pediatrics, Archives of Surgery, and Neurosurgery, and he has written numerous book chapters on head trauma and brain tumors in leading textbooks, including Schmidek & Sweet’s Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, 6th edition. He is expert reviewer for Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes as well as Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. Dr. Mukherjee's work has been presented at national and international meetings, including the annual meetings for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and World Federation of Neurological Surgeons.
-CNS Snythes Skull Base Award 2008
-AANS Top Ten Abstract Award 2009 (Section on Trauma)
-AANS Top Ten Abstract Award 2009 (Section on Tumors)