Gary Rajah, Jr. MD

Gary Rajah, Jr. MD

Neurosurgery, Year 7

Gary Rajah, Jr. MD

Narrative Bio

Gary Rajah attended high school in Lakeview, Michigan, and went to college at Grand Valley State University, where he was a member of the Honors College. He then earned his MD from Wayne State University, graduating at the top his class.

He is currently a resident in Neurosurgery at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Detroit Medical Center. His clinical interests include open and endovascular neurosurgery.

In his spare time, Gary enjoys running, music, and spending time with his family. 


Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit Medical Center
Detroit, Michigan
July 2017-June 2018: Enfolded Endovascular Year


Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, Michigan


BS, Biomedical Sciences
Grand Valley State University Honors College
Allendale, Michigan

Awards & Honors

  • AOA
  • Senior Alumni Scholarship Award


Saber H, Rajah G, Palla M, Sheth SA. Utilization and safety of extracranial–intracranial bypass surgery in symptomatic steno-occlusive disorders. Brain Circ 2019;5:32-5

Rajah G, Garling RJ, Hudson M, Luqman A. Snuff box radial access: A technical note on distal radial access for neuroendovascular procedures. Brain Circ 2019;5:36-40

Kolb B, Saber H, Fadel H, Rajah G. The endocannabinoid system and stroke: A focused review. Brain Circ 2019;5:1-7

Yan F, Rajah G, Ding Y, Hua Y, Zhang H, Jiao L, Li G, Ren M, Meng R, Lin F, Ji X. Safety and efficacy of intravascular ultrasound as an adjunct to stenting for cerebral venous sinus stenosis-induced idiopathic intracranial hypertension: a pilot study. J Neurosurg. 2019 Mar 1:1-6. doi: 10.3171/2018.11.JNS181885. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30835685.

Ma X, Kong Q, Wang C, Rajah G, Ding Y, Zhang YR, Du XY. Predicting asymptomatic coronary artery stenosis by aortic arch plaque in acute ischemic cerebrovascular disease: beyond the cervicocephalic atherosclerosis? Chin Med J (Engl). 2019 Feb 26. doi: 10.1097/CM9.0000000000000174. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30829720.

Dawley T, Rajah G, Kupsky W, et al. (February 28, 2019) Rapidly Expanding Pediatric Post Radiation Brainstem Cavernoma Presenting with Singultus. Cureus 11(2): e4157. doi:10.7759/cureus.4157

Xu Y, Meng R, Rajah GB, Ding Y, Wu Y, Wu Y, Ji K, Wu C, Zhao W, Ji X. Long-term outcomes of cerebral venous sinus stenosis corrected by stenting. Curr Neurovasc Res. 2019 Feb 6. doi: 10.2174/1567202616666190206185133. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30727893.

Duan, J. G., Han, Z., Cai, Y. N., Wang, C., Rajah, G. R., Ding, Y. C., ... & Ji, X. M. (2019). Abstract WP536: Elevated High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein and Serum Claudin-5 are Associated With Venous Infarction and/or Severity in Acute/Subacute Cerebral Venous Thrombosis. Stroke, 50(Suppl_1), AWP536-AWP536.

Tong Y, Cheng Z, Rajah GB, Duan H, Cai L, Zhang N, Du H, Geng X, Ding Y. High intensity physical rehabilitation later than 24 hours post stroke is beneficial in patients: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) Study in mild to moderate ischemic Stroke. Frontiers in Neurology. 2019;10:113

Kolb, B.BA, Fadel, H.BS, Rajah, G.MD, Saber, H.MD, Luqman, A.MD, & Rangel-Castilla, L.MD. (2019). Effect of revascularization on cognitive outcomes in intracranial steno-occlusive disease: a systematic review, Neurosurgical Focus FOC, 46(2), E14

Xu, C.PhD, Yu, T.MD, Zhang, G.MD, Rajah, G. B.MD, Wang, Y.MD, & Li, Y.MD. (2019). Concordance between the interictal focal EEG pattern and MRI lesions as a predictor of a favorable surgical outcome in patients with epileptic spasms: a Chinese study, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics PED, , 1-10

Kinariwala JP, Rajah GB, Luqman AW. Retained solitaire FR device after mechanical thrombectomy: Case review and management strategies. Brain Circ; 2018;4:185-7. Available from:

Ding J‐Y, Pan L‐Q, Hu Y‐Y, Rajah, G, et al. Batroxobin in combination with anticoagulation may promote venous sinus recanalization in cerebral venous thrombosis: A real‐world experience. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2018;00:1–9.

Li K, Ren M, Meng R, Ding Y, Rajah GB, Wang F, Ji X. Efficacy of stenting in patients with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis-related cerebral venous sinus stenosis. J Neurointerv Surg 2018 Nov 2

Saber H, Rajah G, Seraji-Bozorgzad N, Nasiriavanaki M. Intra vascular imagingin in neuroendovascular surgery: a brief review. Neurological Research (2018)

Ren, C., Li, S., Rajah, G., Shao, G., Lu, G., Han, R., Huang, Q., Li, H., Ding, Y., Jin, K., Ji, X. Hypoxia, hibernation and neuroprotection: An experimental study in mice. Aging and Disease, 9(4): 761, 2018

Rajah, G
., Saber, H., Singh, R., Rangel-Castilla, L. Endovascular delivery of leads and stentrodes and their applications to deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation; a review. Neurosurgical Focus 45(2): E19, 2018

Saber H., Lewis W., Sadeghi, M., Rajah, G., Narayanan, S. Stent Survival and Stent-Adjacent Stenosis Rates following Venous Sinus Stenting for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Interventional Neurology 7(6): 490-500, 2018

Ding, Jiayue, Zhuoxuan Bai, Da Zhou, Xiangyu Li, Gary Benjamin Rajah, Yuchuan Ding, Jie Han, Xunming Ji, and Ran Meng. "Circadian rhythms may not influence the outcomes of thrombolysis in patients with ischemic stroke: A study from China." Chronobiology international (2018): 1-10

Rajah, Gary B., Hamidreza Saber, Ali Luqman, and Sandra Narayanan. "Impact of expanding large vessel occlusion thrombectomy time-windows in inner city Detroit." Brain Circulation 4, no. 2 (2018): 76

Gary Rajah
, Leonardo Rangel Castilla, Adnan Siddiqui, Ch. 61 Carotid Cavernous Fistula.; Rangel-Castilla L, Nakaji P, Siddiqui AH, Spetzler RF, Levy EI: Decision Making in Neurovascular Disease: Thieme, 2018

C. Benjamin Newman, Christian Ramsey, Curtis Given and Gary Rajah :Ch 8, Vertebro Basilar Stenosis and Insufficiency.; Castilla L, Nakaji P, Siddiqui AH, Spetzler RF, Levy EI: Decision Making in Neurovascular Disease: Thieme, 2018

Yang, H., Rajah, G., Guo, A., Wang, Y., & Wang, Q. (2018). Pathogenesis of epileptic seizures and epilepsy after stroke. Neurological research, 1-7.

Rajah, G., Garling, R. J., & Rangel-Castilla, L. (2018). Large Traumatic Skull Base Internal Carotid Artery Pseudoaneurysm managed With Endovascular Flow Diversion: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery.

Su, W., Zhang, Y., Chen, J., Liu, J., Rajah, G., & Yang, X. (2018). 225 intracranial aneurysms treated with the Low-profile Visualized Intraluminal Support (LVIS) stent: a single-center retrospective study. Neurological research, 1-7.

Rajah, G., Hoeprich, M., Narayanan, S., Guthikonda, M., & Mittal, S. (2018). In Situ Left Azygous Anterior Cerebral Artery to Right Pericallosal Artery Bypass for Treatment of a Giant Right A1/2 Aneurysm: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery.

Rajah, G
., Saber, H., Luqman, A., Mittal, S., & Narayanan, S. (2018). Bilateral Venous Sinus Stenosis: Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension and Endovascular Venous Sinus Stenting: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery.

Xue-yan Hu, Tong Zhang, Gary B. Rajah, Christopher Stone, Li-xu Liu, Jing-jie He, Lei Shan, Ling-yu Yang, Ping Liu, Fei Gao, Yu-qi Yang, Xiao-li Wu, Chang-qing Ye & Yu-dong Chen (2018) Effects of different frequencies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in stroke patients with non-fluent aphasia: a randomized, sham-controlled study, Neurological Research, DOI: 10.1080/01616412.2018.1453980

Nan Zhang, Bingqing Zhang, Gary B. Rajah, Xiaokun Geng, Rasanjeet Singh, Yanfeng Yang, Xiupeng Yan, Zhe Li, Wenjing Zhou, Yuchuan Ding & Wei Sun (2018) The effectiveness of cortico-cortical evoked potential in detecting seizure onset zones, Neurological Research, DOI: 10.1080/01616412.2018.1454092

Gary Rajah, Aaron Rapp, Elizabeth Discolo & Hazem Eltahawy (2018) Surgical decompression for recurrent cord compression in cancer: a case series and review of the literature, Neurological Research, DOI: 10.1080/01616412.2018.1453178

Rajah GB, Goodrich DJ, Rangel-Castilla L, Narayanan S. Mid A1 blister aneurysm presenting with subarachnoid hemorrhage: Case report and review. Brain Circ 2018;4:19-23

Rajah GB, Ding Y: Experimental neuroprotection in ischemic stroke: a concise review. Neurosurgical Focus 42:E2, 2017

Rangel-Castilla L, Rajah GB, Shakir HJ, Shallwani H, Gandhi S, Davies JM, et al: Management of acute ischemic stroke due to tandem occlusion: should endovascular recanalization of the extracranial or intracranial occlusive lesion be done first? Neurosurgical Focus 42:E16, 2017

Rajah, G., Boylan, A., Schreckinger, M., & Rangel-Castilla, L. (2017). Multimodality Treatment of a Temporal Grade II Arteriovenous Malformation: Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery.

Rajah, G., Narayanan, S., & Rangel-Castilla, L. (2017). Update on flow diverters for the endovascular management of cerebral aneurysms. Neurosurgical Focus, 42(6), E2.

Richard Justin Garling, MD, Gary Rajah, MD, Sandra Narayanan, MD, Leonardo Rangel-Castilla, MD, Abilash Haridas, MD; Pial Resection Technique of a Cervical Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation in a Pediatric Patient, Operative Neurosurgery, , opx150, (2017)

Rajah, G., Garling, R. J., Guthikonda, M., & Rangel-Castilla, L. (2017). Microsurgical Clip Reconstruction of a 1 cm Complex Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysm via an Orbitozygomatic Approach: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery.

Rajah, G., & Ding, Y. (2017). Environments and diseases: A voice from developing countries. Environmental Disease, 2(3), 69.

Ren, C., Li, S., Liu, K., Rajah, G. B., Zhang, A., Han, R., ... & Ji, X. (2017). Enhanced oxidative stress response and neuroprotection of combined limb remote ischemic conditioning and atorvastatin after transient ischemic stroke in rats. Brain Circulation, 3(4), 204.

Garling, R. J., Rajah, G., Rangel-Castilla, L., & Guthikonda, M. (2017). Right Retrosigmoid Presigmoid Transpetrosal Approach for Resection of Pontine Cavernoma: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery.

Rajah, G., Garling, R. J., & Rangel-Castilla, L. (2017). Combined Endovascular and Microsurgical Management of an Unruptured Grade 2 Parietal Arteriovenous Malformation: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Operative Neurosurgery.

Li, S., Zhao, W., Han, C., Rajah, G. B., Ren, C., Xu, J., ... & Ji, X. (2017). Safety and efficacy of remote ischemic conditioning in pediatric moyamoya disease patients treated with revascularization therapy. Brain Circulation, 3(4), 213.

Saber, H., Rajah, G. B., Kherallah, R. Y., Jadhav, A. P., & Narayanan, S. (2017). Comparison of the efficacy and safety of thrombectomy devices in acute stroke: a network meta-analysis of randomized trials. Journal of neurointerventional surgery, neurintsurg-2017

Rangel-Castilla L, Rajah GB, Shakir HJ, Davies JM, Snyder KV, Siddiqui AH, Levy EI, Hopkins LN: Endovascular Prevention and Treatment of Stroke Related to Extracranial Carotid Artery Disease (Review Article). Accepted for publication in J Cardiovasc Surg on December 2, 2016 (in press, January 2017)

Eltahawy, H., Ransom, A., & Rajah, G. (2016). Neurological recovery at age 92 after acute trauma and operative spinal decompression. Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics, 7(3), 115-117.

Rangel-Castilla L, Rajah GB, Shakir HJ, Davies JM, Snyder KV, Siddiqui AH, Levy EI, Hopkins LN: Acute Stroke Endovascular Treatment: Tips and Tricks. J Cardiovasc Surg (epub September 21, 2016). PMID 27654099

Rajah, G; Jung-Min Kim, Omar Sadiq, Eltahawy, H, Szerlip N: Preliminary Results: The Role of Modality and Resident Level in Pedicle Screw Accuracy and Neurosurgical Education. Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery 2015

To, C; Rajah, G; Ham, S; Haridas, A; Kupsky, W; Marin, H; Sood, S. Treatment of Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma with associated Giant Aneurysm - Case Report. Child Neurology 2015

Rajah, G; Altshuler D; Sadiq, O; Nyame, V; H. Eltahawy, N. Szerlip , Predictors Of Delayed Failure of Structural Kyphoplasty for Pathological Compression Fracutres in Cancer Patients. Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. Published online ahead of print May 8, 2015; DOI 10.3171/2014.11.SPINE14909

Rajah G, To CY, Sood S, Ham S, Altinok D, Poulik J, et al: Epidural spinal cord compression in a patient with blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics:1-4, 2014

Rajah, G. and Hornyak, M. (2014) Intra-Operative Rupture of Remote Aneurysm during Transphenoidal Resection of Pituitary Macroadenoma. Open Journal of Modern Neurosurgery, 4, 64-68. doi: 10.4236/ojmn.2014.42014

Schreckinger M, Francis T, Rajah G, Jagannathan J, Guthikonda M, Mittal S. Novel strategy to treat a case of recurrent lymphocytic hypophysitis using rituximab. Journal of Neurosurgery, 116(6): 1318-1323, 2012

Holt AG, Bissig D, Mirza N, Rajah G, Berkowitz B (2010) Evidence of Key Tinnitus-Related Brain Regions Documented by a Unique Combination of Manganese-Enhanced MRI and Acoustic Startle Reflex Testing. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14260. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014260