Karuna M. Raj, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Neuroradiology Division. She serves as Program Director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency.

Dr. Raj holds a bachelor's degree with a double major in biochemistry/cell biology and psychology from Rice University in Houston. She earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she also completed radiology residency training. She then received advanced training through a fellowship program in neuroradiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Raj is certified by the American Board of Radiology, with subspecialty certification in Neuroradiology.

Medical education has long been a passion for Dr. Raj, serving as a mentor for junior medical students interested in radiology while she was in medical school, and continuing with lectures to medical students and other medical specialties as Chief Resident.

Before joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017, Dr. Raj was an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director of the neuroradiology fellowship and radiology residency training programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Raj's commitment to medical education and training is demonstrated by her involvement in various education-related committees both within the Department of Radiology and across UTSW. In 2021, she was appointed Program Director of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency. In 2023 she became the Assistant Designated Institutional Official (DIO) at UTSW.

Her educational interests include developing innovative ways of using technology to teach medical students, residents, and fellows. In 2017, Dr. Raj was awarded a grant from the Southwestern Academy of Teachers and Office of Medical Education to create online modules for teaching medical students about appropriate ordering of imaging studies.

Her research interests in neuroradiology have led to several peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Raj is an active member of several organizations, including the Radiological Society of North America, Association of Academic Radiologists, and the American Society of Neuroradiology.


Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (2009)
Baylor College of Medicine (2010), Internal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine (2014), Diagnostic Radiology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2015), Neuroradiology

Honors & Awards

  • Kenneth I. Shine M.D. Academy of Health Science Education Grant
    University of Texas (2020)
  • Faculty Development Program
    Association of University Radiologists (2019)
  • Educational Grant Recipient
    Southwestern Academy of Teachers (2018)
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year
    University of Texas Medical Branch (2016)
  • Francis T. Kostohryz, MD Chair in Radiology
    University of Texas Medical Branch (2016)
  • Chief Resident Award
    Baylor College of Medicine (2014)
  • Outstanding Lecturer
    Baylor College of Medicine (2014)
  • Outstanding Lecturer
    Baylor College of Medicine (2013)
  • Outstanding Lecturer
    Baylor College of Medicine (2012)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • Association of University Radiologists
  • Radiological Society of North America