P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS


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Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in Medicine
Director, Neurocognitive Disorders Program
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Translational Neuroscience
DUMC 3018
Durham, NC 27710
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  • MBBS, University of Madras (India), 1987
  • Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, 1991-1995
Clinical Interests:
Memory and mood disorders in the elderly, clinical trials of investigational drugs, psychopharmacology consults, alternative and complementary medicine for enhancing mental fitness
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Dr Murali Doraiswamy is an internationally recognized expert in brain/mind health and successful aging.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and directs a leading clinical trials unit that is focused on developing novel diagnostics, mobile self-health tools and therapeutics for enhancing emotional and cognitive wellbeing.  Dr Doraiswamy has been involved closely in the development of many of the leading treatments widely used today for disorders such as clinical depression and Alzheimer’s disease.  

Dr Doraiswamy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and a Fellow of the American Neurological Association, and received a Special US Congressional Recognition for services to the community.  He has served as an advisor to leading businesses, government agencies and patient advocacy groups, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Brain Research.   

Professor Doraiswamy is a brain health advisor for Men's Health magazine and AARP, and serves on the healthcare experts panel for the Wall Street Journal.  He is a co-author of a popular book, The Alzheimer's Action Plan.  Dr Doraiswamy's research has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Oprah, Dr Oz Show, CBS Morning, Discovery, BBC, USA Today, NPR, and BBC.    

Dr Doraiswamy is also a leading expert in social neuroscience, a field which seeks to explores how brain research may be helpful for addressing some of society's major challenges. At the 2015 World Economic Forum's annual meeting in China, he will co-facilitate a virtual reality film "Clouds Over Sidra" that will allow the audience to immerse into the life of a 12 year girl residing in a refugee camp - a deeply moving experience that may offer a new way to create empathy with a subject.