Dr. Murisiku (Muri) Raifu is a board-certified neurosurgeon and a graduate of Masters of Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He left home in Ghana at the age of fifteen to attend Breck School in Minneapolis on an International Student Scholarship in 1991. He then attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he graduated with honors. At Amherst, he was a recipient of the Obed Finch Slingerland Memorial Prize. The price is given annually to a student who has shown the greatest determination, scholarship and citizenship during their time at the college. He was a recipient of John Woodruff Wilson fellowship upon graduation as well the Howard Hughes research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. For his senior honors thesis, Dr. Raifu successfully designed degenerate DNA primers for blind PCR amplification of mice immunoglobulin genes. These primers are currently in use at several laboratories around the globe.
In 1998, he started medical school at the University of Minnesota. During medical school, he was co-founder and Co-President of the Student International Health Committee (SIHC) with a membership of about 150 students from the allied health fields. The committee organized annual conference focusing on health in underserved communities and developing countries. In addition, he cofounded the 140/Haircut Initiative that provided blood pressure screening at barbershops in inner city neighborhoods in St Paul, Minnesota.
Upon graduation, he went on to do his Neurosurgery residency at UCLA, where he served as chief resident in his final year. He has been credited in several publications ranging in subjects from genetics, spine surgery, radiosurgery, infectious disease and endoscopy assisted brain surgery.
Dr. Raifu was an attending Neurosurgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens (a level 1 trauma center) for 5 years. During his time in New York, he was involved with several non-profit organizations in various capacities.
He served as the Director of Neurosurgery at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from 2015 until recently. He is currently in private practice in Los Angeles and is an assistant clinical professor of Neurosurgery at UCLA.
He is committed to finding innovative ways to effectively deliver healthcare services to those in developing economies. To that effect, Dr. Raifu founded Talamus Health Inc. in 2015. Its flagship product, Talamus, is a “mobile first” cloud based Application for comprehensive clinical throughput which has been launched in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.