Usha D. Nagaraj, MD

  • Neuroradiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology
I am a parent and I strive to provide the same level of care I would want for my own children.
Usha D. Nagaraj, MD



I am a pediatric neuroradiologist with a special interest in fetal imaging. Like many of my colleagues, I am a parent and I strive to provide the same level of care I would want for my own children.

My mentors in pediatric radiology during my residency played key roles in shaping my career decisions. Their passion, dedication and clinical excellence inspired me to pursue a fellowship in pediatric radiology. While imaging is only one part of the entire portfolio of clinical care, I am fortunate to be part of a team of experts at Cincinnati Children’s who work together to provide the best care possible.

The research I’m doing focuses on fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the developing brain. I hope that our work can further improve our ability to diagnose brain anomalies in the fetus accurately.

In my free time, I enjoy being with my children.

MD: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH, 2003-2007.

Internship: Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2007-2008.

Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, 2008-2012.

Fellowship: Chief Fellow, Pediatric Radiology, Children’s National Medical Center/George Washington University Program, Washington, DC, 2012-2013.

Fellowship: Pediatric Neuroradiology, Children’s National Medical Center/George Washington University Program, Washington, DC, 2013-2014.

Certification: American Board of Radiology, 2012.

Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ): Pediatric Radiology, 2014.

Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ): Neuroradiology, 2017.

Services and Specialties


Research Areas




Fetal magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and echocardiography findings in twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence. Walcutt, JE; Kline-Fath, BM; Zhang, B; Lim, FY; Habli, MA; Divanovic, AA; Nagaraj, UD. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2024; 54:702-714.


A Prospective Multi-Institutional Study Comparing the Brain Development in the Third Trimester between Opioid-Exposed and Nonexposed Fetuses Using Advanced Fetal MR Imaging Techniques. Yun, HJ; Nagaraj, UD; Grant, PE; Merhar, SL; Ou, X; Lin, W; Acheson, A; Grewen, K; Kline-Fath, BM; Im, K; Plassmann, D; Vieth, M; Venerito, M; Schumacher, J; Maj, C. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2024; 45:218-223.


329 Prenatally identified congenital aqueductal stenosis: short- and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes. Smith, NJ; Venkatesan, C; Kline-Fath, B; Habli, M; Nagaraj, U; Bierbauer, K. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2024; 230:s187.


DTI of Opioid-Exposed Fetuses Using ComBat Harmonization: A Bi-Institutional Study. Dudley, JA; Nagaraj, UD; Merhar, S; Mangano, FT; Kline-Fath, BM; Ou, X; Acheson, A; Yuan, W. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2023; 44:1084-1089.


Imaging of pediatric head and neck tumors: A COG Diagnostic Imaging Committee/SPR Oncology Committee/ASPNR White Paper. Abramson, ZR; Nagaraj, UD; Lai, LM; Liu, CC Y; Schroeder, JW; Khanna, PC; Chuang, NA; Strauss, S; Gomez, G; Clarke, R; Singh, S; Choudhri, AF; Whitehead, MT. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2023; 70 Suppl 4:e30151.


Prenatal Neurological Diagnosis: Challenges in Neuroimaging, Prognostic Counseling, and Prediction of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes. Agarwal, S; Tarui, T; Patel, V; Turner, A; Nagaraj, U; Venkatesan, C. Pediatric Neurology. 2023; 142:60-67.


MRI Findings in Third-Trimester Opioid-Exposed Fetuses, With Focus on Brain Measurements: A Prospective Multicenter Case-Control Study. Nagaraj, UD; Kline-Fath, BM; Zhang, B; Vannest, JJ; Ou, X; Lin, W; Acheson, A; Grewen, K; Grant, PE; Merhar, SL. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023; 220:418-427.


Imaging Similarities Between Oral-Facial-Digital Syndrome Type 1 and Aicardi Syndrome: Prenatal and Postnatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Findings in 4 Patients. Venkatesan, C; Countee, E; Wong, B; Spaeth, C; Kline-Fath, BM; Nagaraj, UD. Journal of Child Neurology. 2023; 38:31-37.


Kapitel 4 Unklassifizierte zerebelläre Dysplasien. Nagaraj, UD; Jones, BV; Bohner, G. Diagnostic Imaging: Pädiatrische Neuroradiologie. : Elsevier; Elsevier; 2023.


Value of pre- and postnatal magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of congenital central nervous system anomalies. Nagaraj, UD; Venkatesan, C; Bierbrauer, KS; Kline-Fath, BM. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2022; 52:802-816.

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