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Mukaila Ajiboye Raji

Mukaila Raji

UTMB Health
400 Harborside Drive, Suite 100
Galveston, TX 77555


Texas (TX)

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Geriatrics; Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


Mukaila Raji, M.D. M.S. FACP. is Director of the Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Dr. Raji is the Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging, and Tenured 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), the Top Texas Physician Awards (Texas Super Doctors - 2013 to 2019), and the 2002-2006 Geriatric Academic Career Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 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.

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 areas of research expertise 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, the Journal of Neuroscience, Diabetes Care, and the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.

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Texas Super Doctors 2015
Texas Super Doctors 2014
Texas Super Doctors 2013

About Mukaila Raji

Graduation Year: 1987

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

1981          National Merit Award Scholarship

1984                Faculty Prize for the Best Student in the B.Sc. (Health Sciences) degree program

1985                Distinction & Best Student Prize in Pathology

  • Best Graduating Physician Prizes: Medicine, Surgery & Medical Specialties in final M.D. exams

1994                Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Award, University of Alberta, Canada.

  • Geriatric Academic Career Award, US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Rockville,

2006          Recipient, Sir William Osler Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.

2011          Fellow, American College of Physicians

2012          Listed in U.S. News & World Report Top Doctors in America

2013-19           Listed in the Texas Monthly Super Doctors – Texas Top Physician

2013                Member, UTMB Academy of Master Teachers

2013                Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging

2017-19           America’s Top Doctor

2017                Professor, Neurology, Nursing, Preventive Medicine, and Community Heath

Special Licenses/Certifications:

Sep 2009 – Mar 2010              Certificate in Medical and Health Care Management, Rice University, TX

July 1997 – June 1999             Geriatrics Fellowship, Duke University, North Carolina

Aug.1991 – May 1994             Master of Science in Pharmacology, University of Alberta, Canada

July 1994 – June 1997             Internal Medicine Residency, Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC

Sept.1980 – Sept 1987             M.D., University of Ife, Nigeria

Sept.1980 – July 1984             Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences), First Class Honors, Univ. of Ife, Nigeria




            12/31/1999      American Board of Geriatric Medicine – Recertified in 2009; valid till Dec. 2019


            12/31/1997      American Board of Internal Medicine – Recertified in 2009; valid till Dec. 2019


Professional Activity:

Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor in Aging

Professor & Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Department of Internal Medicine University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

Medical Director, UTMB Geriatrics Clinics

Publications, Lectures and Presentations:

Selected peer-reviewed publications.

  1. Raji, MA, Ostir GV, Markides KS, Espino DV, Goodwin JS. Potentially inappropriate medication use by elderly Mexican Americans. Ann Pharmacotherapy. 37:1197-1202, 2003. PMID: 12921499 PMCID: N/A
  2. Kuo YF, Chen NW, Baillargeon J, Raji MA, Goodwin JS. Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations in Medicare Patients with Diabetes: a Comparison of Primary Care Provided by Nurse Practitioners versus Physicians. Med Care. 2015 Sep;53(9):776-83. PMCID: PMC4536572
  3. Kuo YF, Goodwin JS, Chen NW, Lwin KK, Baillargeon J, Raji MA. Diabetes Mellitus Care Provided by Nurse Practitioners vs Primary Care Physicians. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015;63(10):1980-8. PMCID: PMC4743647
  4. Raji MA, Kuo YF, Adhikari D, Baillargeon J, Goodwin JS. Decline in opioid prescribing after federal rescheduling of hydrocodone products. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018;27:513-519. PMID: 29271049
  5. Raji MA, Kuo YF, Freeman JL, Goodwin JS. Effect of a dementia diagnosis on survival of older patients after a diagnosis of breast, colon or prostate cancer: implications for cancer care. Arch Int Med. (JAMA Intern Med) 2008;168:2033-40. PMCID: PMC3779640
  6. Raji MA, Tamborello LP, Kuo YF, Ju H, Freeman JL, Zhang DD, Giordano SH, Goodwin JS. Risk of subsequent dementia diagnoses does not vary by types of adjuvant chemotherapy in older women with breast cancer. Medical Oncology. 26:452-59. 2009. PMCID: PMC3079442
  7. Downer B, Vickers BN, Al Snih S, Raji MA, Markides KS. Effects of Comorbid Depression and Diabetes Mellitus on Cognitive Decline in Older Mexican Americans. J Am Ger Soc. 2016;64:109-17. PMC4719154
  8. Beard HA, Markides KS, Alghatrif M, Kuo YF, Raji MA. Trends in diabetes medications use and geriatric syndromes in older Mexican Americans with diabetes from 1993/94 to 2004/05. Ann Pharmacotherapy. 2010; 44(9):1376-83. PMCID: PMC2994956
  9. Kuo YF, Raji MA, Markides KS, Ray LA, Espino DV, Goodwin JS. Inconsistent use of diabetes medications, diabetic complications, and mortality in older Mexican Americans over a 7 year-period: Data from the Hispanic-EPESE. Diabetes Care. 2003;26:3054-3060. PMCID:
  10. Raji MA, Lowery M, Lin YL, Kuo YF, Baillargeon J, Goodwin JS. National utilization patterns of warfarin use in older patients with atrial fibrillation: a population based study of Medicare Part D beneficiaries. Ann Pharmacotherapy. 2013;47(1):35-42. PMCID: PMC4006962
  11. Kuo YF, Raji MA, Liaw V, Baillargeon J, Goodwin JS. Opioid Prescriptions in Older Medicare Beneficiaries After the 2014 Federal Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Products. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018;66:945-953. PMID: 29656382
  12. Parekh TM, Raji MA, Lin YL, Tan A, Kuo YF, Goodwin JS. Hypoglycemia after antimicrobial prescription for older patients on sulfonylureas. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174:1605-12. PMCID: PMC4878670
  13. Raji, MA, Ostir GV, Markides KS, Goodwin JS. The interaction of cognitive and emotional status on subsequent physical functioning in older Mexican Americans. J Gerontol Med Sci. 2002;57:M1-5. PMID: 12242324
  14. Raji MA, Kuo YF, Al Snih S, Markides KS, Peek MK, Ottenbacher KJ. Cognitive status, muscle strength and subsequent disability in older Mexican Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005;53:1462-8. PMID: 16137273
  15. Raji MA, Al Snih, Ostir GV, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ. Cognitive status is associated with future risk of frailty in older Mexican Americans. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2010;65(11):1228-34. PMCID: PMC2954238
  16. Nguyen C, Downer B, Chou LN, Kuo YF, Raji MA. End-of-Life Healthcare Utilization of Older Mexican-Americans with and without a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 Mar 11. pii: glz065. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz065. [Epub]


Other Outstanding Achievements:

Geriatric Academic Career Award, from the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services,2002 - 2006.

Educational Background:


Sep 2009 – Mar 2010                Certificate in Medical & Health Care Management, Rice University, Houston

Aug.1991 – May 1994               Master of Science in Pharmacology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Sept.1980 – Sept 1987               M.D., University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Sept.1980 – July 1984               Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences), First Class Honors, Univ. of Ife, Nigeria




July 1997 – June 1999               Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

July 1994 – June 1997               Internal Medicine Residency, Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC




12/31/1999                    American Board of Geriatric Medicine – Recertified in 2009; valid till Dec. 2029


12/31/1997                    American Board of Internal Medicine – Recertified in 2009; valid till Dec. 2019

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