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Vandana Niyyar

Vandana D. Niyyar, MD, FASN, FNKF, FASDIN

Dr. Niyyar’s main clinical interests are in End-Stage Renal Disease; with specific expertise in dealing with vascular access for hemodialysis patients. She is proficient in dialysis access procedures and in renal ultrasonography. She is passionate about promoting multidisciplinary collaboration in research and education in the field of vascular access; with the ultimate goal of optimizing access care and processes for dialysis patients. To that end, Dr. Niyyar serves in a variety of leadership roles, including as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) and Chair of the ASDIN Ultrasound Sub-Committee. She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Continuous Professional Development Committee, co-author of the NephSAP Interventional Nephrology Update, Co-Chair of the ASDIN 2018 and 2019 Scientific Meetings, and has actively participated in workgroups including ASN-Interventional Nephrology Advisory Group and Kidney Health Initiative. Dr. Niyyar enjoys teaching and has taught numerous didactic presentations and hands-on training workshops regionally, nationally and internationally. In recognition of her teaching, she was selected to the Academy of Medical Educators at Emory, and served on its Executive Committee. She has authored numerous manuscripts and is a regular reviewer for multiple nephrology journals.

Specialties

  • Nephrology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Internal Medicine

Fellowships

  • Emory University School of Medicine

Affiliations

  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Pt BDS Post Graduate Institute
  • Residency: University of Louisville Hospital

Honors & Awards

Chris Crain Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, National Kidney Foundation (Georgia Chapter) 2005

SAFMR/SSCI (Southern Regional Meetings of the American Federation of Medical Research) Trainee Research Award and SSCI Nephrology Young Investigator Scholar Award 2006 Plenary Session Presentation in Joint SSCI/AFMR at the Southern Regional Meetings for the highest-scored abstract at the trainee level 2006

Fellow, American Society of Nephrology (FASN) 2011

Fellow, National Kidney Foundation (FNKF) 2015

Fellow, American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (FASDIN) 2016

Distinguished Physician, Invited to give speech at recognition ceremony Emory Department of Medicine 2017

Fellow, Woodruff Leadership Academy Emory School of Medicine 2019

Publications

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Jack Work. Avoiding a cutdown – use of the transcatheter extractor in removal of tunneled dialysis catheters - Seminars in Dialysis. 24(1):115-7, 2011 Jan

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Tushar Vachharajani. “Cannulating the hemodialysis access through a stent graft – is it advisable?” – Clinical Nephrology. 77(5):409-12, 2012 May

Dinesh Khanna, John D. FitzGerald, Puja P. Khanna, Sangmee Bae, Manjit Singh, Tuhina Neogi, Michael H. Pillinger, Joan Merill, Susan Lee, Shraddha Prakash, Marian Kaldas, Maneesh Gogia, Fernando Perez-Ruiz, Will Taylor, Frédéric Lioté, Hyon Choi, Jasvinder A. Singh, Nicola Dalbeth, Sanford Kaplan, Vandana Niyyar, Danielle Jones, Steven A. Yarows, Blake Roessler, Gail Kerr, Charles King, Gerald Levy, Daniel E. Furst, N. Lawrence Edwards, Brian Mandell, H. Ralph Schumacher, Mark Robbins, Neil Wenger and Robert Terkeltaub. “2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for Management of Gout Part I: Systematic Non-pharmacologic & Pharmacologic Therapy of Hyperuricemia”. Arthritis Care and Research. Arthritis Care & Research Vol. 64, No. 10, October 2012, 1431–1446.

Dinesh Khanna, John D. FitzGerald, Puja P. Khanna, Sangmee Bae, Manjit Singh, Tuhina Neogi, Michael H. Pillinger, Joan Merill, Susan Lee, Shraddha Prakash, Marian Kaldas, Maneesh Gogia, Fernando Perez-Ruiz, Will Taylor, Frédéric Lioté, Hyon Choi, Jasvinder A. Singh, Nicola Dalbeth, Sanford Kaplan, Vandana Niyyar, Danielle Jones, Steven A. Yarows, Blake Roessler, Gail Kerr, Charles King, Gerald Levy, Daniel E. Furst, N. Lawrence Edwards, Brian Mandell, H. Ralph Schumacher, Mark Robbins, Neil Wenger and Robert Terkeltaub. “2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for Management of Gout Part II: Therapy and Anti-Inflammatory Prophylaxis of Acute Gouty Arthritis”. Arthritis Care & Research Vol. 64, No. 10, October 2012, 1447–1461

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Tushar Vachharajani. “Oops! Can we prevent this fundamental mistake?” The Open Urology and Nephrology Journal – 2013, 6; 8-9, DOI: 10.2174/1874303X01306010008

Titilayo O. Ilori, Jyothi Pinnaka, Mark Kats and Vandana Dua Niyyar. “The arteriovenous fistula: an often overlooked precipitant of high-output heart failure.” Journal of Clinical Case Reports, Mar 2016. J Clin Case Rep 6:751. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000751

Ibironke Apata, John Hanfelt, James L Bailey, Vandana Dua Niyyar “Chlorhexidine-Impregnated Dressings for Prevention of Catheter-Related Infections In Dialysis Patients: A Quality Improvement Project.” Journal of Vascular Access. J Vasc Access 2017; 18 (2): 103-108

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Haimanot Wasse. Vessel Mapping for Dialysis Access Planning. Seminars in Dialysis. 2017 Jul;30(4):305-308

Gerald A. Beathard, Charmaine E. Lok, Marc H. Glickman, Ahmed A. Al-Jaishi, Donna Bednarski, David L. Cull, Jeffery H. Lawson, Timmy C. Lee, Vandana D. Niyyar, Donna Syracuse, Scott O. Trerotola, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, Surendra Shenoy, Margo Underwood, Haimanot Wasse, Karen Woo, Theodore H. Yuo, Thomas S. Huber “Definitions and Endpoints for Interventional Studies for Arteriovenous Dialysis Access”. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. CJASN. 2018 Mar 7;13(3):501-512

Shree G Sharma, John M. Arthur, Stephen M Bonsib, Kevin D. Phelan, Manisha Singh, Nithin Karakala, Kelly W. Bulloch, Vandana Dua Niyyar*, Juan Carlos Q. Velez* ‘An Integrated Pathology and Ultrasonography-Based Simulation for Training in Performance of a Kidney Biopsy’: Clinical Nephrology 2018 Mar; 89(3): 214–222.

Vandana Dua Niyyar, W.C. O’Neill. “Point of Care Ultrasound in the Practice of Nephrology.” Kidney International 2018 May;93(5):1052-1059

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Charmaine Lok. “Nephrology Quiz and Questionnaire: End Stage Renal Disease and Renal Replacement Therapy” Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. CJASN September 2018, 13 (9) 1410-1412

Chris Moore, Robert Kollpainter, Laura Andrews, Patrick Moss, Gerardo Chiricolo, Vandana Dua Niyyar, Harish Ramakrishna, Jonathan Sobel, Judy Thompson, Max Holder, Navid Saigal, Patty Braga, Patricia Poe, Kevin Dickey. Guideline Update: Practice Parameters for the Use of Ultrasound to Guide Vascular Access Procedures. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, January 2019

Vandana Dua Niyyar. Anterior chest wall arteriovenous grafts – an underutilized form of hemodialysis access. Seminars in Dialysis. 21(6):578-80, 2008 Nov-Dec

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Jack Work. Core curriculum in Interventional Nephrology. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 54(1):169-82, 2009 Jul

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Jack Work. Interventional Nephrology – Past, Present and Future. International Journal of Artificial Organs. 32(3):129-32, 2009 Mar.

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Haimanot Wasse. Vascular Mapping: Does it help to maximize fistula placement? Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease. 16(5):316-20, 2009 Sep

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Tushar Vachharajani. Endovascular Techniques for Dialysis Vascular Access. The Open Urology and Nephrology Journal – 2012, 5 (Suppl 11: M4), 19-23

Vandana Dua Niyyar. “Catheter dysfunction – the role of lock solutions” - Seminars inDialysis. 2012, 25 (6): 693-699

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Micah Chan. “Catheter dysfunction – Prevention and Trouble-shooting.” Invited review for Moving Points in Nephrology. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2013 Jul; 8 (7):1234-43

Vandana Dua Niyyar. “Vessel Mapping.” Interventional Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (IN-SAP). Invited review. Published Nov 2014

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Charmaine Lok. “Pros and Cons of Catheter Lock Solutions.” Invited review. Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. 2013 Nov; 22 (6):669-74

Vishal B. Parekh1*, Vandana D. Niyyar1*, Tushar J. Vachharajani. “Lower extremity permanent dialysis vascular access”. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. CJASN CJN.01780216; May 27, 2016

Vandana Dua Niyyar. “Lock Solutions: The Key to Minimizing Catheter Dysfunction?” Invited Editorial. Accepted Feb 2019. Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation.

Vandana Dua Niyyar “Principles of Practice and Techniques: Catheter Lock Solutions” – Book Chapter; Interventional Nephrology, McGraw Hill Professional, Jun 2012; 353-360

Vandana Dua Niyyar, Alexander Yevzlin. “Catheter surface coatings – do they make a difference?” Book Chapter; Vascular Access for the General Nephrologist, Nova Science Publishers, Sep 2012; 31-40

Vandana Dua Niyyar. “Vascular mapping prior to access creation.” Book Chapter; Vascular Access for the General Nephrologist, Nova Science Publishers, Sep 2012; 267-276

Vandana Dua Niyyar. “Pre-operative Evaluation: Physical Examination”. Book Chapter; Interventional Nephrology – Principles and Practice. Springer, Jan 2014; 7-13

Vandana Dua Niyyar. “Approach to the patient referred for vascular mapping”. Book Chapter; Interventional Nephrology – Principles and Practice. Springer, Jan 2014; 75-81

Vandana Dua Niyyar. Fundamentals of Dialysis Access for Hemodialysis. Book Chapter; “Handbook of Interventional Nephrology” to be published by Oxford University Press. Submitted Apr 2017

Vandana Dua Niyyar. Role of Ultrasonography in Vascular Access – a necessity or a luxury? Book Chapter, Association of Vascular Access and Interventional Renal Physicians. Published Jul 2017