Effective July 1st, UTMB Palliative Care Division is now merged with the Geriatrics Division to form the new Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine under the Directorship of Dr. Mukaila Raji. In this expanded role, Dr. Raji will oversee the continued growth of palliative and geriatric services across the UTMB Health System and Academic Enterprise; the expansion of geriatrics and palliative medicine educational activities across the four schools; and the strengthening of research and academic collaborations with faculty in the Sealy Center on Aging, Department of Anesthesiology, and the MDACC Oncology Division at UTMB, and the Department of Medicine.
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 also completed his internal medicine residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, USA, a Geriatric Fellowship at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA, and Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Raji’s research interests include Alzheimer’s dementia, public health policy, and geriatric pharmacology. He is a Co-Principal Investigator on a NIDA grant and Co-Investigator on several NIH grants. He has published over 100 papers in high impact journals including JAMA, Lancet Oncology and the Journal of Neuroscience.
Dr Raji joined UTMB in 1999 and is currently Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging, and Professor of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Raji is a recipient of the Sir William Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards (2006 & 2018), the America’s Top Doctor in Geriatric Medicine Awards (2017 to 2019), and the Top Texas Physician Awards (Texas Super Doctors - 2013 to 2018). Dr. Raji teaches medical students, residents, and geriatrics fellows and serves as attending faculty on the Acute Care for the Elders Unit, Geriatric Consults, and Geriatric Clinic Service.
Please join me in thanking Dr. Raji for accepting this new and exciting role when you have the opportunity.
Rex McCallum, MD, FACP, FACR
Chair, ad interim, Department of Internal Medicine
Edward Randal and Edward Randall, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
Vice President, Chief Physician Executive
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Professor of Medicine/Rheumatology