AMT Faculty Member

Mukaila Raji, MD, MS, (Pharm), FACPProfessor & Director, Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine,
Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging,
Professor of Internal Medicine & Neurology,
Professor of Preventive Medicine & Population Health,
Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing Faculty,
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Population Health),
Senior Fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging,
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch

Dr. Mukaila Raji is Professor and Director, Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Internal Medicine and Senior Fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He holds the Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging and directs the UTMB Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Mukaila Raji attended the medical school at the University of Ife in Nigeria where he graduated in 1987 at the top of his class. He subsequently completed Internal Medicine Residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, USA, a Geriatric Fellowship at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA, Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and a Certificate in Medical & Health Care Management from Rice University in Houston, TX. Dr. Raji is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is a tenured Professor and Chief of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is Principal Investigator on an R01 grant from NIDA and a Co-Investigator on several NIH grants. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers* and several book chapters in the areas of dementia care, public health policy, and geriatric pharmacology.

Dr. Raji is a two-time recipient of the Sir William Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards (2006 & 2018), America’s Top Doctor Awards in Geriatric Medicine (2017-2021), and the Top Texas Physician Awards (Texas Super Doctors, 2013-2021). Dr. Raji teaches students, residents, nurses, and fellows and serves as attending faculty on the Acute Care for the Elders Unit, Geriatric Consults, and Geriatric Clinic Service. In 2013 he was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers.

*List of papers at

Honors & Awards:

  • 2020-21 -  NIH Reviewer Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Section.
  • 2020 - NIH Grant Reviewer (Ad Hoc) Aging Systems/Geriatrics (ASG) Study Section.
  • 2017-21 - America's Top Doctor.
  • 2017 - Professor, Neurology, Nursing, Preventative Medicine and Community Health.
  • 2013-21 - Listed in the Texas Monthly Super Doctors - Texas Top Physician.
  • 2013 - Member, UTMB Academy of Master Teachers.
  • 2013 - Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging.
  • 2012 - Listed in the U.S. News & World Report Top Doctors in America
  • 2011 -  Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • 2006 & 18 - Recipient, Sir William Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
  • 2002 - Geriatric Academic Career Award, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, MD.
  • 1994 - Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Award, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • 1987 - Best Student Prize: Medicine, Surgery, & Medical Specialties in final M.D. exams.
  • 1985 - Distinction in Pathology.
  • 1984 - Faculty Prize for the Best Student in the B.Sc. (Health Sciences) degree program.
  • 1981 - National Merit Award Scholarship