Vandana Niyyar, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Office: WMB Research Building Room 338

Phone: 404-727-3959

Fax: 404-727-3425

Email: vniyyar@emory.edu

Biography

Dr. Vandana Dua Niyyar is currently an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Renal Medicine at Emory University. She received her medical degree from Pt BDS Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, India in 1995 and did her residency in internal medicine at Research and Referral Army Hospital, Delhi, India until 1998. Subsequently, after immigration to the United States, she completed another residency in internal medicine at the University of Louisville in 2002. She then went on to join her fellowship in nephrology at Emory University in 2003. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Niyyar joined the Emory faculty.

Dr. Niyyar’s main clinical interests are in hemodialysis and vascular access. She is one of three interventional nephrologists at the Dialysis Access Center of Atlanta and specializes in dialysis access procedures and maintenance of hemodialysis access, including angiograms, angioplasties, thrombectomies, and tunneled catheters. She is also certified in renal ultrasonography.

Her research interests are in dialysis and vascular access. As a fellow, she focused on the alteration of dialysate temperature and its long-term effect on factors affecting cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Preliminary results indicated that a minimal decrease in dialysate temperature may decrease pre-hemodialysis blood pressures and may thus significantly impact this patient population. For this research, she won the Chris Crain award for excellence in clinical research in 2005 (GA NKF). She was also awarded the honor of presenting at the Plenary Session of SSCI/AFMR in 2006, for the highest-scored abstract at the trainee level, as well as selected to present at the SSCI Nephrology Young Investigators forum in 2006. More recently, she has been awarded the FAME grant for investigating whether the institution of a multi-disciplinary vascular access team would favorably impact the fistula prevalence rate in the Emory dialysis population. She has also authored multiple articles and is involved in national committees in the field of vascular access.

Dr. Niyyar’s research as a fellow focused on the alteration of dialysate temperature and its long-term effect on factors affecting cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Preliminary results indicated that a minimal decrease in dialysate temperature may decrease pre-hemodialysis blood pressures and may thus significantly impact this patient population. For this research, she won the Chris Crain award for excellence in clinical research in 2005 (GA NKF). She was also awarded the honor of presenting at the Plenary Session of SSCI/AFMR in 2006, for the highest-scored abstract at the trainee level, as well as selected to present at the SSCI Nephrology Young Investigators forum in 2006. More recently, she has been awarded the FAME grant for investigating whether the institution of a multi-disciplinary vascular access team would favorably impact the fistula prevalence rate in the Emory dialysis population.

Dr. Niyyar is proficient in the diagnosis and management of a large spectrum of clinical disorders. Her primary focus is on hemodialysis patients and vascular access. She is one of three interventional nephrologists at the Dialysis Access Center of Atlanta and specializes in dialysis access procedures and maintenance of hemodialysis access, including angiograms, angioplasties, thrombectomies and placement, exchange and removal of tunneled catheters. She is also certified in renal ultrasonography and is able to perform and interpret renal ultrasounds and to utilize this knowledge to aid in diagnosis and management of complex nephrology cases. In keeping with her research interests, she has a special interest in hemodialysis patients and identification of factors that may help mitigate the enormous morbidity associated with end-stage renal disease.