Vijay S. Iyer MD, PhD

Vijay Iyer

Vijay S. Iyer
MD, PhD

Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Cardiology; Interventional Cardiology

Contact Information
Clinical and Translational Research Center
875 Ellicott Street
Suite 7030
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 829-2663
Fax: (716) 854-1840
vsiyer@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

I am an interventional cardiologist specializing in structural heart interventions. My clinical practice includes general cardiology, interventional cardiology and complex valvular heart diseases. I see patients at the UBMD cardiology offices--and at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC), where I direct the complex valve clinic. I also direct structural heart interventions at the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) and BGMC, and in that capacity I perform transcatheter aortic valve replacements, mitral clip procedures, left atrial appendage occlusion, atrial and ventricular septal defect closure and percutaneous paravalvular leak closures. I also care for patients by performing routine diagnostic coronary angiograms and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI)/angioplasty.

I believe that in this era of technologically advanced, modern medicine it is the physician’s responsibility to educate patients in a straightforward and open manner about the different treatment modalities. I spend time with my patients to ensure that they are comfortable with the treatment options they choose and that they have a clear understanding of the alternatives, benefits and risks.

My research interests are in new devices for aortic and mitral valve replacement, novel therapeutics in the form of stem cells and newer therapies for acute coronary syndromes. I also collaborate with the Toshiba Stroke Research Center to develop advanced imaging modalities in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. I am investigating the use of robotic PCI to improve precision in stent placement and reduce radiation dosage in the catheterization laboratory, and I serve as the local principal investigator for a number of multicenter clinical trials in these areas. For example, I am: evaluating the LOTUS transcatheter valve to CoreValve in high-risk patients (Reprise III, Boston Scientific); investigating the safety and efficacy of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) at intermediate surgical risk by randomizing patients to either surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or TAVI (SURTAVI, Medtronic); and determining the efficacy of cardiac stem cells in patients with recent myocardial infarction and ischemic cardiomyopathy (ALLSTAR, Capricor.

I train residents and cardiology fellows through didactic and bedside teaching, and I mentor their research projects. I also oversee cardiology fellows in outpatient settings. Additionally, I collaborate with the departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine to train their residents and fellows.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Interventional Cardiology, University of Minnesota (2009)
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, University at Buffalo (2006)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Cardiology, University at Buffalo (2003)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (2002)
  • PhD, Pharmacology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (2001)
  • MD, Internal Medicine, Grant Medical College, Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences (1995)

Employment:

  • Chief, Department of Medicine-Cardiology, Cardiology, University at Buffalo (2019-present)
  • Director, Structural Heart Interventions, Kaleida Health (2016-present)
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University at Buffalo (2014-present)
  • Staff Cardiologist, Cardiology, VA Medical Center (2006-present)
  • Research Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2006–2014)
  • Medical Director of Cardiology, Cardiology, Buffalo General Medical Center (2011–2013)
  • Attending Cardiologist, Cardiology, University at Buffalo (2006–2008)

Awards and Honors:

  • American Heart Association 2017-2018 Gold Standard Board Awards, bronze recognition for executing best practices. (2018)
  • Northwestern University Young Investigators Forum Finalist (2006)
  • Bristol Myers Squib-ACC Travel Award (2004)
  • Young Investigator Award, NYS ACC (2003)
  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002)
  • Joel Gernsheimer Award (2001)
  • Best Research Poster Award MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (1999)
  • Awarded Distinction in Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Bombay (1994)
  • Awarded Distinction in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Bombay (1992)
  • Awarded Distinction in Human Physiology, University of Bombay (1990)

Research Expertise:

  • Cardiovascular stem cell therapy
  • Percutaneous aortic/mitral valve replacement

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • January 2017–January 2019
    Validation of a CT based FFR software using the 640 Slices Aquilion Scanner
    Jacobs Institute
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $81,115

Journal Articles:

See all (12 more)

Abstracts:

  • Rajagopalan B, Malhotra S, Iyer V, Morris W and Zlotnick D. Too much calcium, too little gradient: An unusual case of low gradient aortic stenosis. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015; 65.
  • Suzuki G, VS Iyer, AQ Shabbir, D Zisa, BA Palka, T Cimato, TC Lee and JM Canty Jr. Pravastatin followed by intracoronary fibroblast growth factor (FGF-5) synergistically amplifies endogenous cardiac repair in swine with hibernating myocardium. J. Am College of Cardiology. 2009; 53.
  • Suzuki G, V Iyer, T-C Lee and JM Canty Jr. Intracoronary mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) increases the myocardial localization of CD133 hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in swine with hibernating myocardium. Circulation. 2007; 116.
  • Iyer VS, G Suzuki, JM Hardy, BM Heavey, JA Fallavollita and JM Canty Jr. Time-dependent upregulation of extracellular matrix proteins in chronic hibernating myocardium: Lack of progressive degeneration. J. Am College of Cardiology. 2004; 43.
  • Iyer VS, RF Young, M Lis, N Nowak, K Blumenthal and JM Canty Jr.. Microarray and proteomic analysis reveals a regional reduction in the expression of mitochondrial metabolic enzymes in swine with chronic hibernating myocardium. Circulation. 2003; 108.

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, SCAI Advocacy Council; Member, SCAI Advocacy Council (2018–present)
  • President, Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association; President, Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association (2017–present)
  • Western New York Vascular Society; Member (2012–present)
  • Councilor, American College of Cardiology, NY Chapter; Councilor, American College of Cardiology, NY Chapter (2011–2016)
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology (2006–present)
  • American Heart Association (2005–present)
  • Fellow, Society for Coronary Angiography and Interventions (2000–present)
  • Maharashtra Medical Council of India; Member (1989–present)
  • American Society of Echocardiography

Presentations:

  • "Cardiogenic Shock Panel, Shock Protocol" Leadership Alliance for Cardiovascular Care, Leadership Alliance for Cardiovascular Care, Conference Attendees (2018)
  • "Current Practices in TAVR" Fellows 101 Interventional Cardiology & Structural Heart; Boston, MA, Fellows 101 Interventional Cardiology & Structural Heart, Fellows (2018)
  • "Radial Access ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction; Toolbox for Success" CRT-2017, CRT-2017, Conference Attendees (2017)
  • "Contrast Induced Neuropathy" C3, Advanced Endovascular and Coronary Intervention Global Summit, C3, Fellows' Program (2017)
  • "Different Unloading Profiles in a Porcine Modle of Acute Myocardia Ischemia" The Impella CP and Tandem Heart Percutaneous Circulatory Support Devices Show, TCT 2014, Conference Attendees (2014)
  • "Acute RCA Occlusion after Valve in Valve Implantation" TCT 2013, TVT 2013, Conference Attendees (2013)
  • "Dose Reduction Strategies in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory" ACC 2012, ACC, Conference Attendees (2012)
  • "Pravastatin Dose Dependently Increases CD117, CD133, VEGFR2" Northwestern Young Investigators Forum, Northwestern Young Investigators Forum, Conference Attendees (2003)

Service Activities:

  • Faculty Senate; Member (2012)
  • Reviewer - "Heart"; Reviewer - "Heart"; Reviewer
  • Reviewer - AJP; Reviewer - AJP; Reviewer
  • Reviewer - American Journal of Cardiology; Reviewer - American Journal of Cardiology; Reviewer
  • Reviewer - Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine; Reviewer - Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine; Reviewer
  • Reviewer - Circulation Research; Reviewer - Circulation Research; Reviewer
  • Reviewer - Circulation-Japanese Circulation Society; Reviewer-Circulation-Japanese Circulation Society; Reviewer
  • Reviewer - Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Reviewer - Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Reviewer
  • Reviewer - New England Journal of Medicine (ad hoc); Reviewer - New England Journal of Medicine (ad hoc); Reviewer

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Contact Information

Clinical and Translational Research Center
875 Ellicott Street
Suite 7030
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 829-2663
Fax: (716) 854-1840
vsiyer@buffalo.edu

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