Vijay G. Divakaran, MD, MPH

Cardiologist
Baylor Scott & White Health

Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock


Specialties
Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Vascular Medicine and Interventions


Patient Care Emphasis
Arrhythmias, Cardiomyopathy, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure, Percutaneous Coronary Interventions, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Preventive Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease


Board Certification
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Interventional Cardiology

  • Baylor Scott & White Appointment
    July 23, 2012


    Education
  • University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, MPH, cum laude, 2007
  • Madras Medical College, India, MD, 2001

  • Specialty Training
  • Interventional Cardiology & Cardiovascular Disease Fellowships, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Internal Medicine Residency, State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY

  • Faculty Rank - Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine


    Publications and Research
  • Hepcidin in anemia of chronic heart failure. Divakaran V, Mehta S, Yao D, Hassan S, Simpson S, Wiegerinck E, Swinkels DW, Mann DL, Afshar-Kharghan V. Amer J Hematol. 2010 Oct 13.
  • Digoxin treatment in heart failure - Unveiling risk by cluster analysis of DIG data. Ather S, Peterson LE, Divakaran VG, Deswal A, Ramasubbu K, Giorgberidze I, Blaustein A, Wehrens XH, Mann DL, Bozkurt B. Int J Cardiol. 2010 May 13.
  • A Case of Brugada Syndrome Presenting With Incessant Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia. Shiue HC, Divakaran VG, Lakkis NM. Clin Cardiol. 2010 Feb 2.
  • Adaptive and Maladaptive Effects of SMAD3 Signaling in the Adult Heart Following Hemodynamic Pressure Overloading. Divakaran V, Adrogue J, Ishiyama M, Entmal M, Haudek S, Sivasubramanian N, Mann DL. Circulation (Heart Failure). 2009 Nov;2(6):633-42.
  • Unsupervised Cluster Analysis and Mortality Risk in the Digitalis Investigation Group Trial of Heart Failure. Ather S, Peterson L, Divakaran V, Deswal A, Bozkurt B, Mann DL. Proceedings of the IJCNN. 2009.
  • Improved Propensity Matching for Heart Failure Using Neural Gas and Self-Organizing Maps. Peterson L, Ather S, Divakaran V, Deswal A, Mann DL. Proceedings of the IJCNN. 2009.
  • In-stent Deployment of a stripped stent during percutaneous coronary intervention of the RCA. Journal of Invasive Cardiology. Sep 2009.
  • Images in Echocardiography: A freely-floating saphenous vein-graft. Divakaran V, Brown WR, Virani S. Echocardiography. Volume 26, Issue 7 , 868 - 869.
  • The emerging role of microRNAs in cardiac remodeling and heart failure. Divakaran V, Mann DL. Circulation Research. 2008 Nov 7;103(10):1072-83
  • Admission Hyperglycemia and Length of Hospital Stay in Patients with Diabetes and Heart Failure: A Prospective Cohort Study. Gebreegziabher Y, McCullough P, Bubb C, Loney-Hutchinson L, Makaryus J, Anand N, Divakaran V, Akhrass P, McFarlane SI. Congestive Heart Failure, 2008 May-Jun;14(3):117-12
  • Transforming growth factor-beta receptor antagonism attenuates myocardial fibrosis in mice with cardiac-restricted overexpression of tumor necrosis factor. Sakata Y, Chancey AL, Divakaran VG, Sekiguchi K, Sivasubramanian N, Mann DL. Basic Res Cardiol. 2008 Jan;103(1):60-8.
  • Bedside Ultrasound Diagnosis of Aortic Dissection in a Cocaine Abuser. Divakaran VG, Mungee S, Salciccioli L, Clark LT. European Journal of Internal Medicine. Vol 18. No. 6.
  • Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 2 signaling provokes adverse cardiac remodeling in the adult mammalian heart. Divakaran VG, Evans S, Topkara VK, Diwan A, Burchfield J, Gao F, Dong J, Tzeng HP, Sivasubramanian N, Barger PM, Mann DL. Circ Heart Fail. 2013 May;6(3):535-43
  • Hepcidin does not mediate anemia in chronic heart failure patients, and is suppressed in chronic heart failure. Divakaran V, Mehta S, Yao D, Mann DL, Afshar V. Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 2010.
  • Unsupervised Cluster Analysis and Mortality Risk in the Digitalis Investigation Group (DIG) Trial of Heart Failure. Ather S, Peterson L, Divakaran V, Deswal A, Bozkurt B. (Oral Presentation): IJCNN 2009 (Int.Joint Conf on Neural Networks)
  • Futility of Digoxin in a Sub-Population of Heart Failure Patients A Cluster Analysis of DIG Data. Ather S, Peterson L, Divakaran V, Deswal A, Bozkurt B. Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 2009.
  • The Deleterious Effects of Tumor Necrosis Factor on Cardiac Remodeling Are Mediated by TNF Receptor Associated Factor. Vijay G Divakaran, Jana Burchfield, Huei-Ping Tzeng, Feng Gao, Libby R Garza, Natarajan Sivasubramanian, and Douglas L Mann. (Oral Presentation): AHA 2008
  • MicroRNA 25 and 29a are Differentially Regulated in SMAD-3 Deficient Mice in Pressure Overload Cardiac Hypertrophy and Decrease Collagen Synthesis in Isolated Cardiac Fibroblasts. Vijay G Divakaran, Feng Gao, Natarajan Sivasubramanian, and Douglas L Mann. (Oral Presentation): AHA 2008
  • Glycemic control and the Length of Hospital Stay in Patients with Diabetes and Heart Failure: A Prospective Cohort Study. Yohannes A. Gebreegziabher, Chard Bubb, John Makaryus, Naveen Anand, Vijay Divakaran, Samy I. McFarlane. Journal of American College of Cardiology. Volume 49, No.9 (Sup A). pp 75A.
 
Impact of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Carvedilol on Recovery of Cardiac Function in Imatinib Associated Cardiomyopathy. C Iliescu, S. W Yusuf, L Auerbach, A Tong, M Vooletich, J Cortes, V Divakaran, S Lotlikar, M Woods, M Talpaz, D Lenihan, H Kantarjian, T Force, J B Durand J Card Fail 2005; 11: S104.
  • The Role of Valsartan and Carvedilol in Patients with Chemotherapy Associated Cardiomyopathy Who Are Intolerant to Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors. N Shaik, S. W Yusuf, A Tong, M Woods, V Divakaran, S Lotlikar, A Fadol, J C. Champion, D Lenihan, J B Durand. [087], Journal of Cardiac Failure, 2005;11(S)
  • B-Type Natriuretic Peptide is a Biochemical Predictor of Myocardial Contractile Reserve During Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram. Tong AT, Lenihan DJ, Divakaran V, Tristan JM, Nemer M, Swafford J, Geisler G, Vooletich M, Handy B, Durand JB. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 43: 5 (Supplement A): 173A, 2004.
  • Carvedilol for Anthracycline -Induced Heart Failure in Pediatric Oncology Patients. R Agarwal, A Tong, S. W Yusuf, R Wells, N Jaffe, N Burrer, C Herzog, S Lotlikar, C Iliescu, M Woods, M Vooletich, V Divakaran, D Lenihan, J A. Towbin, J B Durand. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2005. S369.
  • Withdrawal of ACE-Inhibitors and Beta Blockers in Chemotherapy Induced Heart Failure Leads to Severe Adverse Cardiovascular Events: D Lenihan, A Tong, M Woods, V Divakaran, M Vooletich, S Pai, A Fadol, J Tristan, R Campana, G Geisler, W Yusuf, J Swafford, M Ewer, JB Durand; Circulation. 2003; 108 (suppl IV): IV-665.
  • Trastuzumab (T) (Herceptin)-associated cardiomyopathy: sequential stress and response to ACE-inhibitors and Carvedilol therapy[J]. Lenihan DJ,Tong AT,Divakaran V,et al. J Card Failure,2003,9(S102). A383.
  • Impact of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Carvedilol on Recovery of Cardiac Function in Imatinib Associated Cardiomyopathy. Iliescu C, Yusuf W, Auerbach L, Tong A, Vooletich M, Cortes J, Divakaran V. Lotlikar S, Woods M, Talpaz M, Lenihan D, Kantarjian H, Force T, Durand JB. Young Investigators Research Forum, MD Anderson, 9/2005.
  • Carvedilol For Anthracycline -Induced Heart Failure In Pediatric Oncology Patients. Agarwal R, Tong A, Yusuf W, Wells R, Jaffe N, Burrer N, Herzog C, Lotlikar S., Iliescu C, Woods M, Vooletich M, Divakaran V, Lenihan D, Towbin J, Durand JB. Young Investigators Research Forum, MD Anderson, 2005.
  • Polypharmacy: An undervalued component of complexity in the care of elderly patients. Vijay G Divakaran and Anandhi T Murugan. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 2008 May;19(3):225-6.
  • Withdrawal of Beta Blockers and ACE-inhibitors in Chemotherapy Induced Heart Failure Leads to Severe adverse cardiovascular events. Lenihan DJ, Tong A, Woods M, Yusuf S, Fadol A, Pai S, Tristan J, Campana R, Vooletich M, Giesler G, Divakaran V, Swafford J, Ewer S, Durand JB. J Card Fail. 2003;9(5 suppl):S77.
  • Coronary Angiography, IVUS and FFR. Divakaran V and Levine GN.(Chapter) In Cardiology Secrets. Ed. Levine GN. 2013, Elsevier Press.
  • Pulmonary artery catheter entrapment in cardiac surgery: a simple percutaneous solution. Divakaran V, Caldera A, Stephens J, Gonzalez R. Cardiovasc Interv Ther. 2014 Dec 30.

  • Awards and Honors
  • Top Austin Doctors, Austin Monthly, 2015, 2016
  • Richard Van Reet Award for Outstanding Interventional Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, 2012
  • Outstanding Graduating Fellow Award, Baylor College of Medicine, 2011
  • Chief Fellow Award, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010-2011
  • Patients' Choice Award, 2010, 2011
  • Outstanding Junior Fellow Award, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2010, 2011
  • Outstanding Physician of the Year, Kings County Hospital, New York, 2006

  • Professional Memberships
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Heart Association
  • Diplomate, National Board of Echocardiography
  • Diplomate, Certifying Board of Nuclear Cardiology
  • Diplomate, Vascular and Endovascular Medicine
  • American Board of Vascular Medicine

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil


    Patient Ratings

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    Friendliness/Courtesy of Provider

    4.9 out of 5
    Provider Concern for Questions/Worries

    4.8 out of 5
    Provider Efforts to Include in Decisions

    4.8 out of 5
    Time Provider Spent with Patient

    4.8 out of 5
    Likelihood of Recommending Provider

    4.8 out of 5
    Wait Time at Clinic

    4.6 out of 5

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    Baylor Scott & White Clinic - Cedar Park
    910 E. Whitestone Blvd
    Cedar Park, TX 78613
    512-260-6100
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    300 University Boulevard
    Round Rock, TX 78665
    512-509-0100
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    Taylor, TX 76574
    512-352-7611
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    Round Rock, TX 78665
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    Taylor, TX 76574
    512-352-4000

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