P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Neurocognitive Disorders Program
Professor in Medicine
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Campus mail 3550 Hosp South, Durham, NC 27710

Murali Doraiswamy MBBS FRCP is professor of psychiatry and professor in medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine where he is a highly respected physician neuroscientist at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He specializes in the areas of brain health and personalized medicine and leads a clinical trials unit in developing novel personal diagnostics and therapeutics for cognitive enhancement and mental well-being. Prof Doraiswamy has been an advisor to leading government agencies, businesses and advocacy groups. He has served as the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Brain Research and lectured at leading global forums to advance the forefront of neuroscience research.  Moreover as co-author of a popular book The Alzheimer’s Action Plan and co-author on more than 350 publications, he has received several awards in recognition of his scientific work and his involvement in pivotal landmark trials that have helped develop many modern neurotherapeutics. Additionally, he is a leading advocate for increasing funding for brain and behavioral research to help address great looming challenges in society posed by modern developments in the 21st century. His research has been featured in media outlets such as BBC, The New York Times, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CBS Evening news, The Dr Oz Show, Oprah, and TIME. He has appeared in acclaimed documentaries such as (Dis)Honesty: The Truth about Lies and Mysteries of the Brain.


Education and Training

  • M.B.B.S., University of Madras (India), 1987



Krishnan, K. R., M. M. Husain, W. M. McDonald, P. M. Doraiswamy, G. S. Figiel, O. B. Boyko, E. H. Ellinwood, and C. B. Nemeroff. “In vivo stereological assessment of caudate volume in man: effect of normal aging.” Life Sci 47, no. 15 (1990): 1325–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/0024-3205(90)90196-x.

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Figiel, G. S., C. E. Coffey, W. T. Djang, G. Hoffman, and P. M. Doraiswamy. “Brain magnetic resonance imaging findings in ECT-induced delirium.” J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2, no. 1 (1990): 53–58. https://doi.org/10.1176/jnp.2.1.53.

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Blumenthal, James A., Patrick J. Smith, Stephanie Mabe, Alan Hinderliter, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, Jeffrey N. Browndyke, Pao-Hwa Lin, et al. “Lifestyle and Neurocognition in Older Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cognitive Impairment.” Psychosom Med 79, no. 6 (n.d.): 719–27. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000474.

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