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Dr. Vijayan V.K. MBBS, DTCD, MD, MAMS, Ph.D, DSc, FAMS, FICC, FISC, FNCCP(I), FCAI, FIAB, FIMSA, FAPSR, FCCP(USA) ( Senior Consultant )

Dr. Vijayan is a senior consultant pulmonologist with varied track record of practicing in various hospitals in India and abroad. His achievements have been recognized and awarded by various institutes and organizations along the length and breadth of the country. He is also an important person in several statutory bodies on both national and international level. He was the Former Director of the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI), University of Delhi and the Former Advisor to Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at National Institute for Research in Environmental Health at Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre, Bhopal.

Qualifications

Dr Vijayan had his medical education in Calicut Medical College, Kozhikode  from where he took his MBBS degree (Kerala University). He did the postgraduate diploma course in Chest Diseases from the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (University of Delhi) and MD in General Medicine from the Lady Hardinge Medical College (University of Delhi), New Delhi. He obtained PhD degree in Medicine from the University of Madras and received the DSc degree from the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University. He was selected as Talent Search Scheme Senior Research Fellow of THE ICMR. He had pursued advanced training in Pulmonology and Cardiology from Brompton Hospital and National Heart Hospital, London, UK under the Colombo Plan and in Fibreoptic Bronchoscopy and Bronchoalveolar Lavage from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA under the Gandhi - Reagan Science and Technology Initiative. He has been a fellow of many scientific societies including National Academy of Medical Sciences, American College of Chest Physicians, International Medical Sciences Academy and Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

Work Experience

Dr Vijayan's major areas of clinical and research work include tropical eosinophilia, studies on Bhopal Gas Disaster victims, pulmonary function studies, chemotherapy of tuberculosis, exercise physiology, studies on tobacco cessation, rheumatic heart disease, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchoalveolar lavage studies, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation and sleep-related breathing disorders; and management of other chest diseases. He has expertise in the following procedures: Pulmonary function tests including flow volume loops, lung volumes and diffusing capacity measurements and body plethysmography; Fibreoptic bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, endobronchial and lung biopsies; Polysomnography (Sleep studies), Pulmonary Critical Care, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Cardio-Pulmonary exercise testing; Tobacco cessation procedures; Arterial blood gas analysis and interpretations and Immunotherapy for bronchial asthma.

Chairmanship/Membership of important statutory/expert committees

He has served as a member of the statutory committees of the University of Delhi including the University Court, Executive Council, Academic Council and Board of Research studies (Faculty of Medical Sciences). He was the Member-Secretary of the Governing Body, Scientific Advisory Committee, Standing Finance Committee and Institutional Ethics Committee of VPCI. Dr Vijayan was a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Division of Non-Communicable Diseases, ICMR, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committees of National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad and National Institute for Research in Environmental Health, Bhopal. He was a member of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre Advisory Committee. The Vision Document for the National Institute for Research in Environmental Health under ICMR and a Guideline for Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in MIC exposed subjects at Bhopal were prepared under his Chairmanship. He is one of the Trustees of the “Sambhavna Trust” working for the welfare of the methyl isocyanate (MIC) victims at Bhopal.

Dr Vijayan was the chairman of the following expert committees

  1. Chairman, Institutional Ethics Committee, LRS Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  2. Chairman, Project Review Committee of ICMR in the field of “Environment”
  3. Chairman, Curriculum Development Committee for the DM Course in Infectious Diseases, Medical Council of India, Delhi.
  4. Chairman, Building advisory Committee of the ICMR National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (NIREH), Bhopal
  5. Chairman, Equipment Committee of Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC), Bhopal
  6. Chairman,“Working Group on Environmental Health”, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
  7. Chairman, Indo-US projects on “Indoor air pollution and health” at ICMR
  8. Chairman, Expert Committee (ICMR) on “Air Pollution and Respiratory Illness”
  9. Co-Chair, Assessment Board for promotion of ICMR Scientists

Positions held in scientific bodies and international invitations

He was the International Governor and the International Regent of the American College of Chest Physicians; President, Indian Association for Bronchology; President, Indian College of Allergy, Asthma and Applied Immunology; Founder President, South Asia Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology; Founder President, Society for Tobacco Control; Founder President, Society for Nitric Oxide and Allied Radicals; Founder Vice President, World Lung Foundation, South Asia; Founder Vice President, South Asia Thoracic Society and Founder Vice-president, Pulmonary Pathology Society of India. He was the Chair of the Clinical Respiratory Medicine Assembly of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) and was a member of the Executive and Central Planning Committees of APSR. He was invited to participate in APSR Leadership Meeting with Sri Lanka College of Pulmonologists as one of the representatives in SAARC. Dr Vijayan was invited as a visiting Scientist, International Exchange Programme to sign Memorandum of Understanding between V.P. Chest Institute (University of Delhi) and Osaka University, Japan

Publications

Dr Vijayan was the Editor-in- Chief and Publisher of the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences and was the Editor of “Lung India”, official publications of National College of Chest Physicians (India) and Indian Chest Society respectively. He was a member of the Editorial Board of many Journals including the Chest, the World Allergy Organisation Journal and Austin Journal of Sleep Disorders. He is a reviewer for peer reviewed 30 international and 11 national medical journals. Dr Vijayan was an Inspector of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and Assessor of the National Board of Examinations for starting or continuing degree and diploma in medical courses. He was also a member of the curriculum development committees of MCI for DM (Pulmonary Medicine), DM (Infectious Diseases), MD (Pulmonary Medicine) and DTCD courses. He was a guide/co-guide of several PhD and MD theses and was an examiner of PhD, DM and MD courses of several Universities and Postgraduate Institutes. He has nearly 300 publications to his credit. Many standard medical text books have quoted his research findings. He has been invited by several academic institutions and scientific societies including American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology, Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association (Sri Lanka)and Bangladesh Lung Foundation as a faculty member and has delivered scientific guest lectures more than 800 occasions. He has been an expert member of various health-related committees and selection committees of Government of India, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) etc.

Awards

Dr. Vijayan was the recipient of many awards/honors/orations including ICMR National Awards (“Prof. B.K. Aikat Oration Award” and “Amrut-ModyUnichem Prize in Chest Diseases”);Calicut Medical College Alumni Oration Award; Silver Medal for the best paper presentation at the 9th International Conference on Occupational Respiratory Diseases organized by the ILO, Kyoto, Japan;best Paper and the Saroj-Jyothi Award of the Indian Chest Society; Medicine Endowment Lecture Award of the University of Madras; Ranbaxy-Robert Koch Oration award of the Tuberculosis Association of India; DN Shivpuri Memorial Oration Award of the Indian College of Allergy and Asthma Immunology; Dr. O.A.Sarma Endowment Lecture Award of the Indian Chest Society; Prof. K.C. MohantyOration Award of the Indian Chest Society;ShrimatiYashodhara Memorial Oration Award of the Indian Chest Society; Prof. A.K. Nag Choudhury memorial Oration Award of the Pharmacological Society of India; National College of Chest Physicians (I)-Cipla Oration Award; Dr PremSobti–ABC Foundation Excellence Award for the Best Chest Specialist of India; Sir Ronald Ross Memorial OrationAward of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Kolkata;Rashtriya Rattan Award for excellence in Medical Science by the International Study Circle, New Delhi.; Dr Santosham Memorial Oration award of the Indian Association for Bronchology; 14 th Foundation Day Oration Award of the Biotechnology Society of India, National Science Day Oration Award of the Defense Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences;Environmental Medical Association–Dr KC Mohanty Oration Award, Smt. PushpaSriramachari Foundation day Oration Award of the National Institute of Pathology (ICMR),Indian Sleep Disorders Association OrationAward and the “Vocational Excellence Award 2015” by the Badagara Rotary International. The Governing Body of the VPCI has instituted ayearly oration, “Dr VK Vijayan Oration” recognising the outstanding contributions made by him in the field of research and clinical services.

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