Cincinnati--Raj K. Narayan, MD, has been appointed Mayfield
professor and chairman of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department
of Neurosurgery. He is expected to begin his tenure in July. Dr.
Narayan will also become a member of the Medical Center-affiliated
Mayfield Clinic, recognized as one of the country's leading
neurosurgical organizations for clinical care, education, and research
of the spine and brain, treating over 15,000 patients from throughout
the world every year.
Dr. Narayan, an internationally known
expert on traumatic brain injury, comes to UC from Temple University
School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., where he has served as chair
of the Department of Neurosurgery since 1995. Prior to his appointment
at Temple, Dr. Narayan served as a professor of neurosurgery at Baylor
College of Medicine in Houston, Texas for 10 years.
will be a great asset to the Department of Neurosurgery," said John
Hutton, MD, dean of the College of Medicine. "He has had an exceptional
career, received numerous awards and contributed greatly to the
neurosurgical literature while maintaining a busy clinical practice."
Narayan has served on several institutional, state and national
committees, including the prestigious American College of Surgeons
Committee on Trauma. He has a particular expertise in the design and
performance of clinical trials and has served as consultant to the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control, Food
and Drug Administration and to several pharmaceutical companies. He
currently chairs the American Brain Injury Consortium, a nationwide
group of head-injury research centers. In addition to over 100
peer-reviewed papers and 50 chapters, Dr. Narayan has edited the major
reference text in the field of head and spinal injury entitled Neurotrauma.
He also took a leadership role in establishing evidence-based
guidelines for the management of traumatic brain injury that have been
endorsed by the national neurosurgery organizations and by the World
"The Department of Neurosurgery at UC is an
outstanding program," said Dr. Narayan. "I look forward to working with
my new colleagues to build upon the tradition of excellence."
Narayan attended medical school at the Christian Medical College in
Vellore, India, where he graduated near the top of his class. He went
on to complete his residency in neurosurgery at the Medical College of
Virginia in Richmond, followed by three years of additional clinical
and research training at the NIH in Bethesda, Md.
Dr. Narayan and
his family will move to Cincinnati this summer. John Tew, Jr., MD,
FACS, will continue as chair of the department until Dr. Narayan's
arrival. He will then continue on the faculty, as professor of
neurosurgery and head of The Neuroscience Institute.