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Salim S. Virani, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.P.C.

Salim S. Virani, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.

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

Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program, Baylor College of Medicine

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

Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography


Phone: 713-440-4410

Phone: 713-791-1414 ext. 10266

Research Interests

  • To understand several domains in the delivery of high quality cardiovascular care including effectiveness, equity, safety, and efficiency
  • To understand patient, provider and system-level gaps in the implementation of national cardiovascular guidelines
  • To identify implementation strategies to improve adherence to national cardiovascular guidelines
  • To evaluate gaps in cardiovascular care delivery and identify scalable strategies to improve delivery of guideline concordant cardiovascular care in low-middle income countries


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

Awards and Activities

  • One of the top 2% of scientists most frequently cited worldwide by PLoS Biology, 2021
  • Chair, Council for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, American College of Cardiology (ACC), 2018-Present
  • Chair, American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Committee
  • Chair, Research and Publications Committee of the ACC NCDR® PINNACLE Registry, 2017-Present
  • Associate Editor, Innovations,, 2016-Present
  • Member, NCDR Management Board for ACC, 2016-Present
  • Inducted into the Best Doctors® Database (peer-reviewed group that included the top 4% of U.S. physicians), 2015-2017 and 2017-2019
  • World Heart Federation’s Emerging Leaders Program, 2017 cohort
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award, Baylor College of Medicine, Educational Research and Development of Enduring Educational Materials, 2017
  • ACC Emerging Faculty Program, 2016 cohort
  • Member, Steering Committee, Patient and Provider Assessment of Lipid Management (PALM) Registry at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), 2015-Present
  • Chair for Digital Strategy for Cardiovascular Prevention Section, Educational Web portal for ACC, 2014-Present
  • Chair, Workgroup for the ACC Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence (PINNACLE)- India registry, 2014-Present
  • Member, Steering Committee, The Genetics of Subsequent Coronary Heart Disease (Genius-CHD) Consortium (an international genetic consortium of cohort studies from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia).
  • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards, Teaching and Evaluation and Enduring Educational Materials, Baylor College of Medicine, 2013
  • Chair, Strategic Planning Work Group the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) National Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk (NPRCR), 2012-2013
  • Appointed representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the NHLBI NPRCR, 2011-2013
  • Scott Grundy Award for Excellence in Lipids metabolism Research, AHA 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 AHA Epidemiology and Prevention/ Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Council Scientific Session, 2011
  • Finalist Young Investigators’ Award Competition ACC Annual Scientific Session, 2011
  • Career Development Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), 2010-2015
  • Tauber award for the Outstanding Graduating 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

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