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Salim S. Virani, M.D., Ph.D.

Salim S. Virani, M.D., Ph.D.

Investigator, Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Staff Cardiologist, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Associate Director for Research, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program, Baylor College of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Section of Cardiovascular Research, Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Email: salim.virani@va.gov

Phone: 713-440-4410

Phone: 713-791-1414 ext. 10266

Research Interests

  • To understand organizational determinants of behavior especially as they apply to implementation of the National Cholesterol guidelines
  • To identify gaps in the current system of care associated with poor adherence to National Cholesterol guidelines
  • To identify factors associated with clinical inertia in cholesterol management
  • To identify implementation strategies to improve adherence to National Cholesterol guidelines

Education

  • Undergraduate, Adamjee Science College, Karachi, Pakistan
  • M.D., The Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Internal Medicine Residency, The University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • Cardiology Fellowship/Chief Cardiology Fellow, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • Ph.D., Clinical Scientist Training Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Awards and Activities

  • Chair, Strategic Planning Work Group the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) National Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk (NPRCR), 2012-present
  • Appointed representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) National Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk (NPRCR), 2011-present
  • Scott Grundy Award for Excellence in Lipids metabolism Research, American Heart Association Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism Council, 2011
  • Winner Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum (Junior Faculty Clinical Science Category), 2011
  • Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Research Award at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum, 2011
  • Finalist Young Investigators' Award Competition American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Council Scientific Session, 2011
  • Finalist Young Investigators' Award Competition American College Of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session, 2011
  • Member, Statistics Committee of the American Heart Association, 2010-present
  • Member, Early Career Committee of the American Heart Association Epidemiology Council and the Young Clinicians and Investigator Committee of the American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council, 2010-present
  • Career Development Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), 2010
  • Finalist, Northwestern Young Investigators' Forum, Chicago, IL, 2009, 2010
  • Finalist, Best Poster competition, American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session, 2008
  • Finalist, Young Investigators' Forum, National Lipid Association Annual Scientific Session, 2008
  • Tauber award for the Outstanding Cardiology Fellow, Texas Heart Institute at Baylor College of Medicine, 2008
  • Award for Excellence in teaching medical students, University of Miami, 2005
  • Gold medal by the Pakistan Medical Association, 1998
  • Best Medical Graduate of the Aga Khan University, Class of 1998

Dr. Virani's PubMed Link*

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