Anitha Vijayan, MD, FACP

Anitha Vijayan, MD, FACP, earned her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in 1990 and completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO and a nephrology fellowship at Washington University. She joined the Division of Nephrology at Washington University in St. Louis as an instructor in 1999.  Vijayan was promoted to professor of medicine in 2012. Vijayan serves as medical director of acute dialysis services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the premier teaching institution of the university. Her clinical expertise and research has been primarily dedicated to improving outcomes in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI).  She has published widely in the area of biomarkers for early diagnosis and renal replacement therapy in AKI.

Vijayan has several administrative roles at the university and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is a member of the Committee on Admissions, Faculty Practice Plan, the EPIC EMR Implementation Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. She has served (and continues to serve) as a mentor to fellows, residents and medical students, the latter as part of the Department of Medicine FWIM and the AWMA mentoring programs.  On a national level, she is a member of American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and National Kidney Foundation and served on the ASN’s AKI Advisory Group.  At present, she is a workgroup chair for the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) project. NTDS is a collaborative effort of ASN and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aimed at reducing infections in the hemodialysis unit. She is passionate about taking care of patients and enjoys physician-patient interaction, whether it is in the outpatient clinics, or in hospital or dialysis units. Her hobbies include reading, travel, movies, watching sports and spending time with family. She is also a fan of Jeopardy!