Meet Our Team : Research

Leopoldo Raij, M.D., F.A.H.A.

Director, Scientific Research Scholar Program
Chair, Scientific Research Scholar Committee
Director of Hypertension and Nephrology Research, Renal Division, UHealth
Director of Hypertension and Nephrology Research
Chief, Nephrology/Hypertension Section Veterans Affairs Medical Center

As Director of International Research Scholars Program, Dr. Raij works with teams that connect promising young talent with accomplished veterans, advancing biomedical research and building a pipeline of next-generation researchers. Dr. Raij is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Renal Division at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Director of Hypertension and Nephrology at the UM International Medicine Institute, and Vice Chair of the Vascular Biology Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In June 2008 Dr. Raij became the Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the University of Miami Medical School. He is also Chief of the Nephrology-Hypertension Section of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami and Attending Physician and Director of Hypertension at Jackson Memorial Hospital, UM Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Raij received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) in Argentina, and completed his internship and residency at University Hospital, UNL. Before coming to the University of Miami, he was Attending Physician and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, as well as the Chief of the Nephrology/Hypertension Section of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Raij has made major contributions to the fields of hypertension, cardiovascular and renal disease, and he is a role model for exceptional research, education and service at the University of Miami Medical Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Raij has been a member of the Merit Review Board of the Veterans Administration, the Review Board of the Center for Scientific Review NIH, the Scientific Research Board of the American Society of Hypertension, the National Kidney Foundation Council on Hypertension, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of Hypertension and Kidney International and is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease of the American Heart Association from July 1994 to 1996. Dr. Raij currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Hypertension and is CO-PI of the NIH funded, Miami component of the Hispanic Community Health Study. He received the Lewis Dahl Award from the American Heart Association, and the Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Heart Association. Dr. Raij has published over 180 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed publications, and has led dozens of lectures in the U.S. and abroad.