Kris Vijay (Krishnaswami Vijayaraghavan, MD, MS, FACC, FACP, FNLA, FHFSA) is a heart failure clinical cardiologist. He was recently the Medical Director of the Institute of Congestive Heart Failure at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital and Abrazo Health Network in Arizona. He is also a trained endocrinologist, clinical lipidologist, an ardent researcher and a Heart Failure specialist. Dr. Vijay earned his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, University of Mysore, India. He completed postgraduate training in medicine in Bombay, India; Oxford, United Kingdom; and Rochester, New York, and has completed fellowships in endocrinology and diabetes at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and in cardiology at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Vijay is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Arizona, Phoenix. He has been in clinical practice for more than 40 years since Medical School and in Arizona for more than 30 years. Dr. Vijay is a past Governor of the American College of Cardiology, Arizona Chapter, Executive Council member of National Lipid Association, a founding member and past President of the Cardio Renal Society of America and current President of the TWINEPIDEMIC, Inc., a nonprofit organization addressing Diabetes and Heart disease among Ethnic Communities all over the world. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, National Lipid association and Heart Failure Society of America. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. Vijay has participated in more than 180 clinical trials and published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Vijay has been a recipient of multiple awards throughout his career. He was one of the three nominees of Healthcare Heroes award for Phoenix Business Journal towards Lifetime achievement in 2017.He received a Lifetime achievement award from American College of Cardiology, Arizona Chapter in 2018. He was recognized as one of the AZ TOP DOCS in 2020, 2021 and 222. He has presented at numerous national and international meetings on diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Vijay takes a holistic view of heart disease prevention and treatment, using a variety of treatment options along with motivating, inspiring and coaching to encourage patients to modify their lifestyles. His mission has been in prevention of risk factors of heart disease and diabetes at primordial, primary, secondary, and tertiary care levels.
He is the author of the book : “Invoking your inner therapist in Heart Failure : Untold patient experiences . From preventions to end stage”
He is a Medical Sherpa, volunteering his services to serve the underserved in to mitigate diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease around the world through the nonprofit organization, Twinepidemic, Inc. He is a Needs-Ambassador for a large multinational nonprofit organization, Project C.U.R.E, providing services for the Dalai Lama Heart Foundation, in Ladakh, India, in the Himalayas. He lives with his wife in Phoenix Arizona.