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Venkatesh Aiyagari, MBBS, DM (Neurology), is Professor of the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology and Director of the Division of Neurocritical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in the critical care management of patients with neurological and neurosurgical disorders.

Dr. Aiyagari earned his medical degree at Calcutta Medical College, West Bengal, India, and the degree of Doctor of Medicine (D.M.) in Neurology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. He completed a residency in Neurology at New York University and then received advanced training through a fellowship in Neurological Critical Care at Washington University, St. Louis.

Dr. Aiyagari is certfied by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialities of Neurology and Vascular Neurology and is certified by the United Council of Neurological Specialties in the speciality of Neurocritical Care.

Dr. Aiyagari joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012 and has previously held faculty appointments at Washington University in St. Louis and at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Aiyagari's research interests include pupillometry, acute blood pressure management in neurological illnesses and disorders of sodium in neurologically critically ill patients. He has authored several peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and has written invited editorials for JAMA Neurology. He serves on the editorial board of Neurocritical Care. He has also edited a monograph on Hypertension and Stroke, currently in its second edition.


Medical School
Calcutta Medical College and Hospitals (1986)
National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (1992), Neurology
The Brooklyn Hospital Center (1995), Internal Medicine
New York University School of Medicine (1998), Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine (2000), Neurocritical Care

Research Interest

  • Automated Pupillometry in Neurocritical Care
  • Blood pressure management in stroke
  • Quality improvement in neurocritical care


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Methods for Cleaning and Managing a Nurse-Led Registry.
Venkatachalam AM, Perera A, Stutzman SE, Olson DM, Aiyagari V, Atem FD, J Neurosci Nurs 2020 Dec 52 6 328-332
Automated Pupillometry as a Triage and Assessment Tool in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury.
El Ahmadieh TY, Bedros NM, Stutzman SE, Nyancho D, Venkatachalam AM, MacAllister M, Ban VS, Dahdaleh NS, Aiyagari V, Figueroa S, White JA, Batjer H, Bagley CA, Olson HDM, Aoun SG, World Neurosurg 2020 Oct


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Hypertension and Stroke: Pathophysiology and Management, 2nd Edition

Venkatesh Aiyagari, Philip B Gorelick (Ed.) (2016). Humana Press

Honors & Awards

  • Golden Pager Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    In recognition of outstanding service and response. Selected by the Nursing Staff of UT Southwestern University Hospitals (2017)
  • John S. Garvin MD Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Lifesaving Partners Award, Gift of Hope (Organ & Tissue Donor Network)
  • John S. Garvin MD Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • John S. Garvin MD Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (2012-2020)
  • American Heart Association (2002-2020)
  • Neurocritical Care Society (2002-2020)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (2000-2009)
  • American Academy of Neurology (1995-2020)