Dr. Manraj (Raju) Heran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine. Formerly the Head of the Division of Neuroradiology at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), he is the Fellowship Director for the Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at VGH, and is a staff pediatric interventional radiologist at BC Children’s Hospital. With cross appointments in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Dr. Heran is heavily involved in medical education and clinical research. His specific areas of interest include the diagnosis and management of vascular malformations, interventional neuroradiology (including acute stroke and other ischemic cerebrovascular disease) and orbital radiology.
Despite his busy full-time clinical practice, Dr. Heran has participated in and led a number of funded and non-funded research projects throughout his career. He has been a co-investigator in a number of trials evaluating interventions for acute ischemic stroke, as well as a long-term study evaluating the neuropsychological and neuropathological effects of acute versus chronic ethanol intake on the outcomes from acute head injury, which has generated several publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous presentations at international meetings by members of the study group.
Dr. Heran has received several teaching awards, and has engaged medical students in a variety of summer research projects including a detailed review of anatomic variants of the craniocervical vessels demonstrated by CT angiography of close to 1,000 cases, a review of the endovascular management of acute stroke at VGH, setting up a database for the VGH vertebroplasty program, and an investigation of the effect of varying arterial input functions on the analysis of cerebral CT perfusion studies. Dr. Heran recently won the prestigious “Young Investigator’s Award” from the Canadian Association of Radiology, and also has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Society of Pediatric Interventional Radiology.