Dr. Praveen Raju Takes Charge as Medical Director of Neuro-Oncology at Rady Children’s

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Dr. Praveen Raju Takes Charge as Medical Director of Neuro-Oncology at Rady Children’s

03 Apr, 2024

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, one of the nation’s top pediatric healthcare systems, in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego, is delighted to announce Dr. Praveen Raju, MD, PhD, as the new Medical Director of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program. Dr. Raju has also been named the Nathan Gordon Chair in Neuro-Oncology, a position established in 2021 to honor the memory of Nathan Gordon, who was diagnosed with a rare tumor in his spinal cord at 15 months old.

Dr. Raju’s role at Rady Children’s will involve spearheading the growth of the Neuro-Oncology Program and advancing research efforts on pediatric brain and spinal tumors. His approach integrates subspecialty expertise to address various forms and distinct molecular subtypes of pediatric brain and spinal tumors. Dr. Raju joins Rady Children’s from Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, where he served as a pediatric neurologist and directed the laboratory for pediatric brain tumor research at the Icahn School of Medicine. His research focuses on the developmental origins of medulloblastoma and other pediatric brain tumors, as well as advancing novel drug delivery strategies.

About Rady Children’s Hospital

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a leading pediatric healthcare provider, offering comprehensive care to more than 750 children and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors. As the only program in the San Diego region providing such comprehensive care, the multidisciplinary team works closely with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine for diagnosis and treatment, leading the way in personalizing therapy based on the molecular and functional characteristics of each patient’s tumor.

About Dr. Praveen Raju

Dr. Praveen Raju, MD, PhD, is a distinguished pediatric neurologist and neuro-oncologist with a profound commitment to advancing the understanding and treatment of pediatric brain and spinal tumors. His educational background includes a medical degree and a doctorate in cell and molecular biology and genetics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was an NIH-funded MSTP fellow. Dr. Raju completed his residency in pediatrics at Babies & Children’s Hospital of New York and pediatric neurology training at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has also completed additional research fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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