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. 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. 


Medical School
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India (1993)
Maulana Azad Hospitals (1997), Pathology
G. B. Pant Hospital (1999), Pathology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2003), Pathology
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2006), Pediatric Pathology

Research Interest

  • Cancer metabolism
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pediatric brain cancers
  • Pediatric gentourinary cancers
  • Pediatric liver cancers
  • Pediatric sarcomas


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Pitfalls in the diagnosis of yolk sac tumor: Lessons from a clinical trial.
Yang A, Patterson A, Pavlock T, Chen KS, Gagan J, Hatley ME, Frazier AL, Amatruda JF, Laetsch TW, Rakheja D, Pediatr Blood Cancer 2022 Feb 69 2 e29451
MYC, mitochondrial metabolism and O-GlcNAcylation converge to modulate the activity and subcellular localization of DNA and RNA demethylases.
Lin AP, Qiu Z, Ethiraj P, Sasi B, Jaafar C, Rakheja D, Aguiar RCT, Leukemia 2022 Jan
Acute myeloid leukemia with RAM immunophenotype presenting with extensive mesenteric and retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy: A case report and review of the literature.
Wick N, Hitto I, Welder D, Slone T, Koduru P, Fuda F, Rakheja D, Weinberg O, Leuk Res Rep 2022 17 100287
SARS-CoV-2 Immunohistochemistry In Placenta.
Rakheja D, Treat K, Timmons CF, Carrillo D, Miller SE, Stroberg E, Barton LM, Duval EJ, Mukhopadhyay S, Int J Surg Pathol 2021 Dec 10668969211067754
Cytoplasmic P53 Immunostaining With N-Terminus P53 Antibody And Absence Of Staining With C-Terminus P53 Antibody: A Report Of Two Pediatric Sarcomas With Distal Truncating TP53 Mutations Affecting Nuclear Localization Domain.
Mirbaha H, Carrillo D, Mitui M, Hiemenz MC, Singh V, Rakheja D, Int J Surg Pathol 2021 Dec 10668969211065115


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Cholesterol biosynthetic disorders: a review. In Focus on Cholesterol Research

Rakheja D, Rogers BB, Bennett MJ (2006). Hauppauge, NY, Nova Publications

The "fussy" neonate. In Tietz's Applied Laboratory Medicine

Jones PM, Rakheja D (2007). Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Quick Guide to Organic Acid Interpretation

Jones PM, Rakheja D (Ed.) (2011). Washington, DC, American Association for Clinical Chemistry Press

The "sleepy" neonate. In Tietz's Applied Laboratory Medicine

Rakheja D, Jones PM (2007). Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Interscience, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Glomerular diseases associated with nephritic syndrome and/or rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. In Silva's Diagnostic Renal Pathology

Rogers T, Rakheja D, Zhou XJ (2009). New York, NY, Cambridge University Press

The aging kidney. In Silva's Diagnostic Renal Pathology

Zhou XJ, Rakheja D, Silva FG (2009). New York, NY, Cambridge University Press

Pathology of germ cell tumors. In Pediatric Germ Cell Tumors

Rakheja D, Teot L (2014). New York, NY, Springer

Basic histopathologic assessment of germ cell tumors for clinic and research. In Springer Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology vol 2195. Testicular Germ Cell Tumors. Methods and Protocols

Kapur P, Rakheja D (2021). New York, NY, Humana Press, Springer Nature

Honors & Awards

  • John Lawrence and Patsy Louise Goforth Distinguished Professorship in Pathology
  • Pediatric Pathology Visiting Scholar, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School
  • College of American Pathologists Foundation (CAPF) Scholar
  • Harry B. Neustein Memorial Award, Society for Pediatric Pathology
  • Travel Award for junior investigators, Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  • F. Stephen Vogel Award, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • Dr. R. P. Mathur Memorial Award in Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi University)