AMT Faculty Member

Mukaila Raji, MD, MS, (Pharm), FACPProfessor & Director, Division of Geriatrics
Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging
Professor of Internal Medicine, Neurology, & Population Health & Health Disparity
Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging
Fellow, UTMB Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health
Medical Director, Geriatrics Memory Loss Clinics 

Dr. Mukaila Raji is Professor and Director, Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Internal Medicine, Senior Fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging, and Fellow Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He holds the Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging. 

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 MPI on two NIH R01 grants and co-Investigator on several others. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 42; 6,224 citations). He has been a clinical and research mentor to over postdoctoral fellows, students, residents, faculty, MDs, PhDs, and nurses across all four UTMB schools in the areas of health disparity and outcomes research, gerontology, pharmacology, and dementia care. Dr. Raji is a three-time recipient of the Sir Williams Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards (2006 & 2018 & 2024). He is also the recipient of the America's Top Doctor Award in Geriatric Medicine (2017-2024), Top Texas Physician Awards (Texas Super Doctors, 2013-2023), Senior Faculty Mentor of the Year (2022), Faculty Researcher Award (2022), and Texas Super Doctors Hall of Fame. 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. 

*List of papers at

Honors & Awards:

  • 2024 - Recipient, Sir William Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
  • 2022 - Department of Internal Medicine Senior Faculty Mentor of the Year
  • 2022 - UTMB School of Medicine - WE Summit Faculty Researcher Award
  • 2022 - NIH Reviewer-Aging, Injury, Musculoskeletal & Rheumatologic Disorders (AIMR)
  • 2020-21 - NIH Reviewer (Ad Hoc) Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology
  • 2020 - NIH Reviewer (Ad Hoc) Aging Systems and Geriatrics (ASG) Study Section.
  • 2017-24 - America's Top Doctor.
  • 2017 - Professor, Neurology, Nursing, Preventative Medicine and Community Health.
  • 2013-24 - 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