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. 


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

SARS-CoV-2-related Hypercoagulable State Leading to Ischemic Enteritis Secondary to Superior Mesenteric Artery Thrombosis.
Mitchell JM, Rakheja D, Gopal P, Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 2020 Jun
Stromal beta-catenin activation impacts nephron progenitor differentiation in the developing kidney and may contribute to Wilms tumor.
Drake KA, Chaney CP, Das A, Roy P, Kwartler CS, Rakheja D, Carroll TJ, Development 2020 Jun
Corrigendum to ''Ontological analyses reveal clinically-significant clear cell renal cell carcinoma subtypes with convergent evolutionary trajectories into an aggressive type'' [EBioMedicine 51 (2020) 102526].
Cai Q, Christie A, Rajaram S, Zhou Q, Araj E, Chintalapati S, Singla N, Cadeddu J, Margulis V, Pedrosa I, Rakheja D, McKay RM, Brugarolas J, Kapur P, EBioMedicine 2020 Apr 55 102707
DICER1-associated central nervous system sarcoma in children: comprehensive clinicopathologic and genetic analysis of a newly described rare tumor.
Kamihara J, Paulson V, Breen MA, Laetsch TW, Rakheja D, Shulman DS, Schoettler ML, Clinton CM, Ward A, Reidy D, Pinches RS, Weiser DA, Mullen EA, Schienda J, Meyers PA, DuBois SG, Nowak JA, Foulkes WD, Schultz KAP, Janeway KA, Vargas SO, Church AJ, Mod. Pathol. 2020 Apr
Gonorrhea-positive sinus cultures in a 15-year-old with allergic fungal sinusitis.
Donner K, Kou YF, Tomkies A, Rakheja D, Mitchell RB, Shah G, JAAPA 2020 Mar 33 3 31-33


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

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)