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Parul Rai, MD
Parul Rai, MD

Parul Rai, MD

Instructor, St. Jude Faculty




Sickle Cell Translational Research Scholar – Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Ohio
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship – UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, California
Pediatric Internship and Residency – Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland
MD – Grand Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, India

Clinical Interests

  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Anemia
  • Chronic transfusion therapy

Research Interest

Studying cardiac injury in Sickle cell disease. I am interested in studying the natural course of sickle-cell related cardiac injury, identifying risk factors (genetic and non-genetic) that contribute to disease progression as well as get a better understanding of the underlying etiology of this cardiac dysfunction. In addition, study the effects of current disease modifying therapy (hydroxyurea and chronic transfusion) in ameliorating this injury.

Selected Publications

Roy S, Rai P, Eiymo Mwa Mpollo M, Chang K, Shanmukhappa S, Rizvi T, Aronow B, Inagami T, Cancelas J and Malik P. Angiotensin Receptor Signaling in Sickle Cell Anemia has a Reno-Protective effect on Urine Concentrating Ability but results in Sickle Glomerulopathy. Am J Hematol Jul;93(7):E177-E181, 2018.

Rai P, Niss O, Malik P. A reappraisal of the mechanisms underlying of the cardiac complications of sickle cell anemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer Nov;64(11), 2017.

Rai P, Malik P. Gene therapy for Hemoglobin disorders- a mini review. (Invited Review) J Rare Dis Res & Treatment 1(2):25-31, 2016.

Rai P, Feusner J. Cerebral metastasis of Hepatoblastoma: a review. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol May;38(4):279-82, 2016.

Rai P, Kelly S, Agrawal AK. Unique aspects of red blood cell transfusion in pediatric patients. International Journal of Clinical Transfusion Medicine 2016(4):43-54, 2016.

Rai P, Vichinsky E. Controlled trial of transfusions for silent cerebral infarcts in sickle cell anemia. In: Cabana MD, Goldstein AM, De Gialluly PS, Schroeder A, eds. Year Book of Pediatrics 2016. Philadelphia, PA

Last update: November 2018