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Debraj Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Geriatrics (55+ years)

Languages: English, Bengali, Hindi, Spanish

Expertise: Acoustic Neuromas, Brain Cancer, Brain Metastases, Brain Tumors, Cavernous Malformations, Cholesterol Granuloma, Chordomas, Clival Tumors, Craniopharyngiomas, CyberKnife and stereotactic radiosurgery, Endoscopic Repair of Nasal Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks, Endoscopic Resection of Nasal Tumors, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Esthesioneuroblastoma, Glioblastoma, Gliomas, Head and Neck Cancers, Meningiomas, Metastatic Brain Tumors, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Oncology, Parasellar Tumors, Pituitary Adenoma, Pituitary Tumors, Primary Brain Tumors, Radiosurgery, Sellar Tumors, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Stereotactic Biopsy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Suprasellar Tumors, Vestibular Schwannoma, Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) ...read more

Research Interests: Patient Centered Outcomes Research; Health Services Research; Quality of Life; Cost-effectiveness; Big data; Clinical Trials; Surgical Trials; Medical Decision Making ...read more

Background

Dr. Debraj “Raj” Mukherjee’s clinical focus is the treatment of patients with primary and metastatic brain lesions. His clinical work and research emphasize the development of individual treatment plans that optimize survival and quality of life in all patients.

After receiving his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Mukherjee was recruited to Johns Hopkins, where he studied epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical design at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and served as co-director of the Neuro-Oncology Surgical Outcomes Laboratory in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Mukherjee completed an open and endoscopic skull base fellowship at the Center for Skull Base Surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During this time, Dr. Mukherjee continued his patient-centered research pursuits, developing a national registry for patients with brain tumors and creating a disease-specific quality of life instrument for patients with skull base meningiomas. His work was supported by the American Medical Association and National Cancer Institute.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Dartmouth Medical School (2007)

Residencies

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center / Neurosurgery (2017)

Fellowships

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2018)

Board Certifications

  • Pending/Scheduled / Neurological Surgery

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Mukherjee’s research emphasizes the development of individual treatment plans that optimize survival and quality-in-life in all brain tumor patients. His work involves the development of patient-centered, disease-specific quality-of-life instruments in order to quantify disease burden and to help patients and provide make informed treatment decisions. With formalized training in biostatistics, epidemiology, and in clinical trial design, Dr. Mukherjee leads institutional and national efforts focus on the creation of brain tumor patient registries and adaptive clinical trials in neurosurgery. He also has an expertise in big data analytics and health policy, mining national datasets to determine national trends and disparities in neurosurgical care.

Selected Publications

Dickinson H, Carico C, Nuno M, Mukherjee D, Ortega A, Black KL, Patil CG. Unplanned Readmissions and Survival Following Brain Tumor Surgery. J Neurosurg. 2015 Jan;122(1):61-8.

Mukherjee D, SarmientoJM, LyD,Nuno MA, Patil CG.Everolimus for subependymal giant cell astrocytomas associatedwithtuberous sclerosis complex. Lancet. 2013 Apr 13;381(9874):1274-5

Patil CG, Elramsisy A, Mukherjee D, Dantis J, Carico C, Black KL,Yu JS, NunoM. High Levels of Phosphorylated MAPKinase areAssociated with Poor Survival in Glioblastoma Patients of theTemozolomide Era. Neuro-Oncology.2013Jan;15(1):104-11.

Mukherjee D, Nuno M,Patil CG.Helicoptervs groundtransportation forpatientswithtrauma. JAMA. 2012 Aug8;308(6):564-5.

Nuno M, Mukherjee D, Elramsisy A, Nosova K, Lad SP, Boakye M, Yu JS, Black KL, Patil CG. Racial and Gender Disparities and the Role of Primary Tumor Type on Inpatient Outcomes Following Craniotomy for Brain Metastases. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Aug;19(8):2657-63.

Mukherjee D, Patil CG,PalestrantD.Amantadine forsevere traumatic braininjury. N Engl J Med. 2012Jun21;366(25):2427.

Nuno M, Mukherjee D, Elramsisy A, Nosova K, Lad SP, Boakye M, Yu JS, Black KL, Patil CG. Racial and Gender Disparities and the Role of Primary Tumor Type on Inpatient Outcomes Following Craniotomy for Brain Metastases. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Aug;19(8):2657-63.

Mukherjee D, Patil CG,PalestrantD.Amantadine forsevere traumatic braininjury. N Engl J Med. 2012Jun21;366(25):2427.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Introduction to Biological Sciences (Biology 151)

    Activities & Honors

    Honors

    • Loan Repayment Program Award, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, 2014 - 2018
    • Distinquished Alumnus Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2018
    • Resident/Fellow Jeopardy Champion, North American Skull Base Society, 2018
    • Resident Research Award, California Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2017
    • Distinquished Young Alumni Award, Dartmouth Medical School, 2017
    • Health and Society Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2014 - 2016
    • Distinquished Fellow Award, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origins (AAPI), 2016
    • Endowed Fellowship, Sports Spectacular, 2016
    • Seed Grant, American Medical Association (AMA), 2015 - 2016
    • Young Investigator Award, Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, 2015
    • Leadership and Advocacy Scholar, American College of Surgeons, 2015
    • Resident Leadership Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2018

    Memberships

    • American Congress of Neurosurgeons
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • North American Skull Base Society
    • American College of Surgeons
    • American Medical Association
    • American Society of Clinical Oncology
    • Society of Neuro-Oncology

    Professional Activities

    • Ad Hoc Reviewer, New England Journal of Medicine
    • Medical Student Division Director, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Young Neurosurgeons Committee
    • Core Education Working Group, NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA)
    • Leadership Fellow, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • Fellowship Selection Committee, Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation
    • Loan Repayment Ambassador, National Institutes of Health

    Videos & Media

    Lectures and Presentations

    • Microsurgical Anatomy of the Brainstem Safe Entry Zones: A Cadaveric Study with High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Fiber Tracking
      Oral Presentation, Miami Beach, FL (04/09/2016)
      Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics
    • See One, Do One, Teach One: New Paradigms in Neurosurgical Education
      Oral Presentation, Semiar Series, Madison, WI (04/04/2016)
      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Disparities in Neurosurgical Care Across the United States
      Oral Presentation, Seminar Series, Madison, WI (03/28/2016)
      University of Wisconsin Department of Population Health Sciences
    • Development and Validation of a Checklist for External Ventricular Drain Placement in Neurosurgery
      Oral Presentation, Madison, WI (12/01/2014)
      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Extent of Resection Threshold for Recurrent Glioblastoma
      Oral Presenation, Monterey, CA (01/19/2014)
      California Association of Neurological Surgeons
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