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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

Associate Professor (tenured), Section of Cardiovascular Research, Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease


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 resource constrained environments


  • 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

  • Member, Steering Committee, Patient and Provider Assessment of Lipid Management (PALM) Registry at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), 2015-present
  • Editorial Team Member and Chair for Digital Strategy for Cardiovascular Prevention Section, Educational Web portal for the American College of Cardiology (ACC), 2014-present
  • Chair, Workgroup for the ACC Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence (PINNACLE)- India registry, 2014-present
  • Member, American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) Quality Improvement Advisory Committee (QIAC), 2013-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)
  • Member, Prevention Science Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA), 2013-present
  • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards, Teaching and Evaluation and Enduring Educational Materials, Baylor College of Medicine, 2013
  • Member, Research and Publications Committee of the ACC PINNACLE registry, 2012-present
  • 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 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) National Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk (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
  • Member, Statistics Committee of the AHA, 2010-present
  • Career Development Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), 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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