Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Director, Neuromagnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Research Track

Clinical Expertise:
Raji Lab

Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD is an associate professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Neuroimaging Labs Research Center at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR), the academic radiology department of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Raji, also a professor neurology, serves as director of neuromagnetic resonance imaging at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and as associate director of the diagnostic radiology residency research track. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology with research interests focusing on modifiable risk factors for dementia and the role of advanced neuroimaging in quantitatively tracking related brain changes.

Raji graduated with a medical degree and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, followed by a transitional internship at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Subsequently, he pursued a diagnostic radiology residency at UCLA, where he was awarded the RSNA Roentgen Resident Research award. Raji later completed a two-year neuroradiology fellowship at UCSF including a NIH T32 Program funded year on connectome imaging of traumatic brain imaging research. For this work, Raji was recognized by the Society of Pediatric Radiology for the Best Basic Science Paper in the journal Pediatric Radiology and received the faculty level ASNR Boerger Research Grant for Alzheimer’s Disease. Upon joining the faculty at MIR, he obtained the RSNA Research Scholar Grant and was a KL2 Career Development Award Scholar. Raji is currently advancing his brain health research with a $2.3 million dollar NIH R01 grant to study neuroinflammation in midlife obesity. 

Clinical Interests

general diagnostic neuroradiology

Research Interests

Alzheimer's disease, dementia, cognitive disorders, traumatic brain injuries, lifestyle effects on the brain, preventive neuroradiology

Link to Publications

Education History


Diagnostic Neuroradiology, University of California, San Francisco


Diagnostic Radiology, University of California, Los Angeles

Medical Degree

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


University of Pittsburgh


University of Pittsburgh


American College of Radiology
Diplomate, American Board of Radiology
Radiological Society of North America
American Society of Neuroradiology
American Society of Functional Neuroradiology
Western Neuroradiological Society
Los Angeles Radiological Society
Organization of Human Brain Mapping
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment
Senior Editor, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease


2021 Thomas L. Slovis Award for the Best Basic Science Paper, Society for Pediatric Radiology
2018 Poster Prize, Health Science Category, Research Conference on Aging, University of California, Los Angeles
2017 Travel Award, Radiological Society of North America
2016 Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, Radiological Society of North America
2011 Neuroscience Research Prize, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
2009 Neuroscience Research Award, American Academy of Neurology
2004 Phi Beta Kappa
2004 Mental Health Research Fellowship Award, NIMH
2003 Summer Fellowship Award, National Science Foundation