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Dinesh Rakheja, M.D.

  • John Lawrence and Patsy Louise Goforth Distinguished Chair in Pathology
  • Pathology


Dr. Rakheja did his medical schooling at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.  He completed pathology residencies at Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi University) and UT Southwestern Medical Center. He trained in gastrointestinal pathology and neuropathology as a senior resident (fellow equivalent) at GB Pant Hospital (Delhi University) and completed a pediatric pathology fellowship at UT Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Rakheja studies the genetics and metabolism of childhood cancer, particularly Wilms tumor, germ cell tumors, hepatoblastoma, brain tumors, and pediatric sarcomas of bone and soft tissue. He has specific interests in tumor tissue banking, establishing primary pediatric cancer cell lines, and developing laboratory assays for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic targets in pediatric cancers. 

Education & Training
  • Medical School - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India (1989-1993)
  • Residency - Maulana Azad Hospitals (1994-1997), Pathology
  • Residency - G. B. Pant Hospital (1997-1999), Pathology
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2003-2006), Pediatric Pathology
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1999-2003), Pathology
Honors & Awards
  • John Lawrence and Patsy Louise Goforth Distinguished Professorship in Pathology 2013
  • Dr. R. P. Mathur Memorial Award in Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi University) 1997
  • College of American Pathologists Foundation (CAPF) Scholar 2004
  • Pediatric Pathology Visiting Scholar, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School 2006
  • Travel Award for junior investigators, Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders 2004
  • F. Stephen Vogel Award, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology 2003
  • Harry B. Neustein Memorial Award, Society for Pediatric Pathology 2004
Books & Publications
  • Pediatric sarcomas
  • Pediatric liver cancers
  • Pediatric gentourinary cancers
  • Pediatric brain cancers
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Cancer metabolism