Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

George Naratadam

M.D./Ph.D. Student

George Naratadam is a graduate student in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D. Program) studying pain physiology under the mentorship of Armen Akopian, PhD. For his clinical specialty, George is considering internal medicine. 


About Me

I am originally from the Chicagoland area and the oldest of 3. I’ve lived in three states. My favorite type of food is barbecue and I enjoy working the grill. I’ve been to over 60 concerts, the best so far being Danny Brown on the Old tour. A bucket list goal is to play high stakes poker.


Music, Comedy Podcasts, Travel, Sports

Research Topic

Pain resolution mechanisms in chronic painful neuropathies

Why I chose MD/PhD

I want to directly provide impactful clinical care as well as discover and thoroughly study novel biological processes with the eventual possibility of developing transformative treatments for disease. A dual degree gives me the relevant knowledge base, extensive experiences, and an overall roadmap to pursue this long-term goal.

Why I chose MD/PhD at UT Health San Antonio

I chose the UT Health San Antonio MD/PhD program because I recognized its upward trajectory of sucess with strong leadership and significant support to provide the best experience and outcomes for students.

Post-bac work or other affiliations

2014-2017 Research Assistant: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2017-2018 Associate Scientist: Abbott Laboratories


B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014


2020 Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF)


Naratadam GT, Hyman C, Singh AK. Goldenhar Syndrome. Case in Point. 2021. Accessed August 31st, 2021.

Naratadam GT, Narikkattu J, Shah S. A Case Report of an Individual's Experience Participating in a Traditional Costa Rican Ayahuasca Ceremony. J Psychedelic Psychiatry. 2020;2(3):25-27. PMID: 33842928; PMCID: PMC8034606.

Kuchtey RW, Naratadam GT, Kuchtey J. Severe open angle glaucoma in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Clin Case Rep. 2015 Sep;3(9):725-7. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.324. Epub 2015 Jun 18. PMID: 26401274; PMCID: PMC4574785.

Aujla PK, Bogdanovic V, Naratadam GT, Raetzman LT. Persistent expression of activated notch in the developing hypothalamus affects survival of pituitary progenitors and alters pituitary structure. Dev Dyn. 2015 Aug;244(8):921-34. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24283. PMID: 25907274; PMCID: PMC4520742.

Aujla PK, Naratadam GT, Xu L, Raetzman LT. Notch/Rbpjκ signaling regulates progenitor maintenance and differentiation of hypothalamic arcuate neurons. Development. 2013 Sep;140(17):3511-21. doi: 10.1242/dev.098681. Epub 2013 Jul 24. PMID: 23884446; PMCID: PMC3742139.