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Dominic Raj Dominic Raj
Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2233
Email: Email
Department: Medicine

Education

  • B.Sc, St. Hindu College, 1977
  • MBBS, Madurai Med Coll, 1982
  • MD, Stanley Med Coll, 1988

Biography

Dr. Dominic Raj is a Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Genetics and Biostatistics and Epidemiology. He is the Director of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  
 
Dr. Raj is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.  He has received a number of awards and recognition from various national and international institutions including the Distinguished Researcher Award from GW in 2014.  
 
His clinical and research activities pertains to nephrology, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease.

During his tenure at the George Washington University, Dr. Raj expanded the research portfolio, added new clinical services and revamped the educational program. He established a number of sub-specialty clinics such as the glomerular diseases clinic, kidney stone clinic, ultrasound clinic. He is pivotal to establishing the kidney transplant program at GW. He has been named Washington Top Doctor multiple times. Dr. Raj has been invited as a visiting professor to number of prestigious institutions. He has organized and chaired symposium for the American Society of Nephrology on multiple occasions. He is highly respected researcher and his research has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health since 2003.

Clinical Service:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Adult Polycystic Kidney Disease  
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiorenal syndrome
  • Diabetic Kidney Disease  

Expertise:

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome  
  • Novel Dialysis Therapies  

Research

Dominic Raj, MBBS, MD, DM, DNB, FACP, FASN is the Director of the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is a Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Genetics and Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the GW.

Dr. Raj received his MBBS from the Madurai Medical College, residency in Internal Medicine at the Louisiana State University, Shreveport and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Toronto. He is an invited Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology. He was named “Innovator in Nephrology” by the American Association of Kidney Patients and recipient of the Peter Lundin Award, one of the highest honors presented to physicians for their significant contributions to the care and wellbeing of patients.

As a researcher, Dr. Raj is devoted to translating scientific discoveries from the laboratory to clinical practice. He is molecular epidemiologist, with specific interest in epigenetics. He is one of the principal investigators in the “Novel therapies in hemodialysis consortium” and the “Pilot Studies in CKD consortium” exploring new therapies for patients with kidney disease under the direction of the National Institute of Health. He is involved in several pivotal studies such as the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), Canadian-Australasian Randomized Trial Of Screening Kidney Transplant Candidates for Coronary Artery Disease (CARSK), Cardiac Arrhythmia Monitoring and Related Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease Patients (CAMRO-ESRD) and APOL1 Long term kidney transplantation outcome Network (APOLLO). During his tenure, he established several international research collaborations and founded the “Mid-Atlantic Kidney Research Consortium” to advance kidney research. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from GW in 2014.

Dr. Raj is an opinion leader in nephrology and has more than 160 peer reviewed publications. He has been invited to speak, organize and chair more than 100 scientific sessions across the world. He has been a visiting professor to more than 30 institutions across the world including Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Cornell University, Michigan University and New York University. He has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health, the European Union, the French Research Agency, the Canadian Center for Innovation and the Welcome Trust.

Dr. Raj is an excellent clinician with specific interest in diabetic nephropathy and complicated hypertension. He has been named Washington Top Doctor multiple times. He established several sub-specialty clinics and expanded the clinical service to Maryland and Virginia. He is pivotal to establishing the kidney transplant program and expansion of extracorporeal therapies at GW. During his tenure at the GW, the Division was recognized as “High Performing” US News and World Report.

Community Service

  • Member of the Clinical Integrative Cardiovascular study section
  • Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation

Division

  • Renal Diseases and Hypertension

Publications

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Poesen R, PhD, Ramezani A, Claes K, Augustijns P, Kuypers D, Barrows IR, Muralidharan J, Evenepoel P,Meijers B, Raj DS. Associations of soluble CD14 and endotoxin with mortality, cardiovascular disease, and progression of kidney disease among patients with chronic kidney disease. C J Am Soc Nephrol (In press)

Poesen R, PhD, Ramezani A, Claes K, Augustijns P, Kuypers D, Barrows IR, Muralidharan J, Evenepoel P,Meijers B, Raj DS. Associations of soluble CD14 and endotoxin with mortality, cardiovascular disease, and progression of kidney disease among patients with chronic kidney disease. C J Am Soc Nephrol (In press)

Gupta J, Dominic EA, Fink JC, Ojo AO, Barrows IR, Reilly MP, Townsend RR, Joffe MM, Rosas SE, Wolman M, Patel SS, Keane MG, Feldman HI, Kusek JW, Raj DS. Association between Inflammation and Cardiac Geometry in Chronic Kidney Disease: Findings from the CRIC Study. PLos one, 2015 (In press)

Wing MR, Devaney JM, Joffe MM, Raj DS. DNA methylation profile associated with rapid decline in kidney function: findings from the CRIC Study. Nephrol Dial Transplant 29:864-72, 2014.

Rambod, M, Heine GH, Seiler S, Dominic EA, Rogacev KS, Dwivedi RS, Ramezani A, Wing MR, Fliser D, Raj DS: Association of vascular endothelial factors with cardiovascular outcome and mortality in chronic kidney disease patients: A 4-year cohort study. Atherosclerosis. 236):360-365, 2014

Ramezani A, Raj DS: Gut microbiome, kidney disease and targeted interventions J Am Soc Nephrol 25:657-70. 2014

Parsa A, Kao WH, Xie D, Astor BC, Li M, Hsu CY, Feldman HI, Parekh RS, Kusek JW, Greene TH, Fink JC, Anderson AH, Choi MJ, Wright JT, Jr., Lash JP, Freedman BI, Ojo A, Winkler CA, Raj DS, Kopp JB, He J, Jensvold NG, Tao K, Lipkowitz MS, Appel LJ: APOL1 Risk Variants, Race, and Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease. N Engl J Med 369(23):2183-96, 2013

Gupta J, Mitra N, Kanetsky PA, Devaney J, Wing MR, Reilly M, Shah VO, Balakrishnan VS, Guzman NJ, Girndt M, Periera BG, Feldman HI, Kusek JW, Joffe MM, Raj DS: Association between Albuminuria, Kidney Function, and Inflammatory Biomarker Profile. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 7:1938-1946, 2012

Raj DSC, Carrero JJ, Shah VO, Barany P, Heimburger O, Ferguson J , Moseley PL, Stenvinkel P: Soluble CD14 level and protein energy wasting, inflammation complex in ESRD. Am J Kidney Dis; 54:1072-1080, 2009

Shah V, Scariano J, Waters D, Qualls C, Morgan M, Pickett G, Gasparovic C, Dokladny K, Moseley P, Raj DSC: Mitochondrial DNA deletions and sarcopenia. Genetics in Medicine 11, 147-152, 2009

Raj DSC, Moseley P, Dominic EA, Onime A, Tzamaloukas AT, Boyd A, Shah VO, Glew R, Wolfe R, Ferrando A: Interleukin-6 modulates Hepatic and muscle protein synthesis during hemodialysis. Kidney Int 73 1054-1061, 2008

Raj DS, Lim G, Levi M, Qualls C, Jain SK, Advanced glycation end products and oxidative stress are increased in chronic allograft nephropathy: Am J Kidney Dis 43, 154-160, 2004

Raj DS, B Vincent, K Simpson, Sato E, Jones KL, Welbourne TC, Levi M, Shah V, Blandon P, Zager P, Robbins R: Hemodynamic changes during hemodialysis: Role of nitric oxide and endothelin. Kidney Int, 61 (2), 697-704, 2002

Raj DS, Self M, Work J: Hybrid Dialysis; Recirculation peritoneal dialysis revisited. Am J Kidney Dis, 36 (1),58-67, 2000

Raj DS, Ouwendyk M, Francoeur R, Uldall R, Pierratos A: Beta2 Microglobulin kinetics in nocturnal hemodialysis. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 15, 58-64, 2000

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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