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Meet the Physician-in-Chief: Usha Raj MD

Dr. Usha RajPediatrics

Anjuli S. Nayak Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago / Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hospital University of Illinois


Dr. Raj is a nationally and internationally renowned neonatologist and clinician/investigator. Her area of basic research and clinical expertise within neonatology is neonatal pulmonary hypertension. She has trained 30 fellows and mentored numerous junior faculty and students. Her research program in pulmonary vascular biology has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for almost three decades. Her contributions to the literature of the field include nearly 150 original articles and chapters, and she continues to make invited presentations at conferences and scientific meetings worldwide. Her honors include the American Thoracic Society Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments and selection for the U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors list.

Medical Education

  • Fellowship: Tulane Universty, New Orleans, LA
  • Research Fellowship: Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California- San Francisco
  • Residency: B.J. Wadia Hospital for Children, University of Bombay, India
  • Medical School: Seth G.S. Medical College, University of Bombay, India

Clinical Interests

Mother/Baby; Well Baby; Neonatal/Perinatal

Research Interests

Medical education and mentoring / Advocacy for underserved children / Community outreach / Quality improvement

National, Regional & Hospital Committees and Memberships

College of Medicine's Faculty Academic Advancement Committee (Chair) / American Academy of Pediatrics / American Heart Association / American Pediatric Society / American Physiological Society (Executive Council) / American Thoracic Society / Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs / National Institutes of Health (several study sections, review panels, and workshops)

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For more information, please contact:

1250 CSB, MC 856
840 S. Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312.996.8297
Fax: 312.996.8204

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