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Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Director Neurohospitalist Program; Neurology Residency Program Director
(313) 966-0969

After completing his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Michigan, Navid Seraji joined the Wayne State community as a research assistant in the Brain Imaging Laboratory in 1998. He was accepted into the Neuroscience graduate program and continued work on high field Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. He graduated from WSU medical school in 2007, and after completing his Internal Medicine and Neurology residency he joined the Neurology department as a neurohospitalist in 2013.

As a neurohospitalist, his clinical duties include hospital care of neurology patients. He is also involved in quality control measures, and whole patient care both in the hospital, and after discharge. The interaction of body and brain in disease state are of particular interest to him, both in terms of neurological manifestations of systemic disease, and effect of neurological disease on other systems.

His research experience is in the field of MR imaging. He is interested in biomarkers of brain injury and repair, as it applies to various degenerative disorders, including Alzheimers disease.

Dr. Seraji is involved in the resident education programs, including development of interactive curriculum suited to adult learning. He also instructs the residents in evidence-based medicine, and runs the resident journal club.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Physics, BS, 1994

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2001-2007


Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, Internal Medicine, 2007-2010

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, Neurology Resident, 2010-2013


Brain imaging in injury and repair. Network models of brain function.


1. Mathupala SP, Colen CB, Seraji-Bozorgzad N, Marples B, Galloway MP, Sloan AE.
Metabolic Remodeling of Malignant Glioma for Enhanced Sensitization During Radiotherapy: An in-vitro Study. Neurosurgery 59(6): 1313-1324, 2006. In charge of the design, acquisition and analysis of the in-vitro MR spectroscopy portion of the paper, and writing the final draft pertaining to these sessions.

2. Bustillo J, Barrow R, Paz R, Tang J, Seraji Bozorgzad N, Moore GJ, Bolognani F, Lauriello J, Perrone-Bizzozero N, Galloway MP. Long-term treatment of rats with haloperidol: lack of an effect on brain N-acetyl aspartate levels. Neuropsychopharmacology 431(4):751-6, 2006. Responsible for acquisition, quantification and statistical analysis of the MR spectroscopy data.

3. Phan KL, Fitzgerald DA, Cortese BM, Seraji-Bozorgzad N, Tancer ME, Moore GJ. Anterior cingulate neurochemistry in social anxiety disorder: 1H-MRS at 4 Tesla. Neuroreport 16(2): 183-6, 2005. Responsible for the post-hoc analysis, brain-segmentation and statistical analysis of the data. Author of the methods section pertaining to the statistical analysis.

4. Chen G, Rajkowska G, Du F, Seraji-Bozorgzad N, Manji HK. Enhancement of hippocampal neurogenesis by lithium. J Neurochem 75(4): 1729-34, 2000. Responsible for the image processing and quantification in morphometric measurements of the hippocampal volume and quantification of the neurogenesis marker.

5. Moore GJ, Bebchuk JM, Hasanat K, Chen G, Seraji-Bozorgzad N, Wilds IB, Faulk MW, Koch S, Glitz DA, Jolkovsky L, Manji HK. Lithium increases N-acetyl-aspartate in the human brain: in vivo evidence in support of bcl2's neurotrophic effects? Biol Psychiatry 48(1): 1-8, 2000. Responsible for developing a novel MRI segmentation algorithm required for the post-processing of the MR spectroscopy data. Also, was the author of the methods section in the paper pertaining to the data analysis.

6. Pfund Z, Chugani DC, Juhasz C, Muzik O, Chugani HT, Wilds IB, Seraji-Bozorgzad N, Moore GJ. Evidence for coupling between glucose metabolism and glutamate cycling using FDG PET and 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy in patients with epilepsy. J Cereb Blood
2 Flow Metab 20(5): 871-8, 2000. Assisted in the MRS data processing and statistical analysis.

7. J. Yorkston, L.E. Antonuk, N. Seraji, W Huang, J.H. Siewerdsen, Y. El-Mohri. Measurements with High Resolution a-Si:H Imaging Arrays. SPIE Proceedings 2432: 260- 269, 1995. Responsible for design and data acquisition of imaging parameters for the arrays. As a major contributor to the team, I was responsible for design and implementation of the acquisition hardware, control system, machining of the instrumentation as well as software development to acquire the data.

8. J. Yorkston, L.E. Antonuk, N. Seraji, J. Boudry, W Huang, E.J. Morton , R.A. Street. Comparison of Computer Simulations with Measurements from aSi:H Imaging Arrays, Material Research Science Proceedings 258: 1163-1168, 1992. Responsible for computer simulation of the dynamics of the imaging arrays, including writing simulation code in C to be incorporated into the SPICE simulation software for the electronic design of the imaging arrays.

Awards & Honors


      Wayne State University, Neurology, Chief Resident 2012-2013

      Wayne State University, Neurology, Chief Resident 2012-2013