Raksha Jain, M.D.

Medical Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis


Raksha Jain, M.D., M.S.C.I., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of Pulmonary and Clinical Care Medicine. A Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care, she also serves as Medical Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program.

She has earned awards from the National Institutes of Health, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for her work on hormonal influences of lung disease in cystic fibrosis.

Originally from Dallas, Dr. Jain holds a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her medical degree at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, and completed internal medicine residency training at UT Southwestern, where she served as Chief Resident. She then obtained advanced training through a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she also earned a master's degree in clinical investigation.

Certified in pulmonology, critical care medicine, and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Jain joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010.

Her research interests include new treatments for cystic fibrosis and gender disparities in airway diseases. She oversees multicenter clinical trials related to cystic fibrosis and conducts her own clinical and molecular scientific research.

Outside of UT Southwestern, Dr. Jain is the Chair of the Sexual Health, Reproduction, and Gender Researching Working Group through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network.

Meet Dr. Jain

Cystic Fibrosis Specialist

As Director of UT Southwestern Medical Center's Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, pulmonologist Raksha Jain, M.D., is dedicated to providing – and developing – the most effective treatment plan for her patients.

Thanks to recent advancements such as gene mutation targeted therapies, she can offer more options than ever to help cystic fibrosis (CF) patients overcome issues such as malnutrition and recurrent respiratory infections.

Dr. Jain sees her patients on a regular basis and manages their CF care in the clinic and in the hospital.

"We don't just take care of their lungs,” Dr. Jain says. “We take care of their sinuses, their pancreatic and digestive problems, and their diabetes with help from our multi-disciplinary CF team."

It creates a strong bond that extends beyond a typical doctor-patient relationship. "We meet their families, and we know where they go to school and who they are married to," Dr. Jain says. "We really grow to know and care about our patients tremendously."

By choosing Dr. Jain and UT Southwestern for their care, CF patients benefit from a large center that has the resources to provide the best treatments, including lung transplantation. The lung transplant program at UT Southwestern has ranked in the top 10 in the United States for many years.

UT Southwestern is accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a designation that means Dr. Jain and her team meet the highest standards of care.

Dr. Jain is also active in clinical and molecular scientific research to help improve future care for patients with CF. Dr. Jain is co-principal investigator on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network grant, which helps provide the infrastructure for conducting clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new CF therapies.

Her efforts to bring cystic fibrosis clinical trials to UT Southwestern mean that patients have easier access to the latest potential treatments – an option that they may have had to travel long distances for in the past.

"We offer many exciting new therapies to cystic fibrosis patients."

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - Washington University School of Medicine (2008-2010)
  • Fellowship - Washington University School of Medicine (2006-2009), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2004-2005), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2001-2004), Internal Medicine
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Washington University School of Medicine (2008-2010)
  • Medical School - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (1997-2001)
  • Graduate School - Washington University School of Medicine (2008-2010), Clinical Investigation
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2009)
  • Society for Women's Health Research (2012)
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2022
  • CFF Foundation Harry Shwachman Clinical Research Award 2015-2018
  • LEAD Capstone Dean's Recognition Award - U.T. Southwestern Medical Center 2015
  • CREW award recipient 2010
  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care 2010
  • Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Award 2009
  • American Thoracic Society Career Development Award 2009
  • University of Texas Houston Health Science Center Gold Headed Cane Award 2001, Humanism in Medicine
Books & Publications
  • Treatment advances for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sex hormone influence on host immunity
  • Gender disparities in lung diseases

Clinical Focus

  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis

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Q&A by Dr. Jain

Dr. Jain on Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Jain explains how new therapies and great care are helping patients with cystic fibrosis lead longer and healthier lives.