Dr. K Vijayasaratha

Dr. Vijayasaratha

Qualification : MD, DNB, MRCP (UK), CCT (UK), PG.Med.Edu (UK)

Designation : Senior Consultant Respiratory Physician and Interventional Pulmonologist

Speciality : Pulmonology / Respiratory Medicine

OPD Schedule : Mon - Sat: 9 am - 11 am

Dr Vijayasaratha is a highly qualified respiratory physician with a broad experience of over 18 years in managing Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Interstitial Lung Diseases, Lung cancer, Bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis, Occupational Lung Diseases , pleural diseases and Sleep related breathing disorders. She is skilled in diagnostic procedures like bronchoscopy, transbronchial lung biopsy, needle aspiration of mediastinal lymph nodes, thoracoscopy – semi rigid and rigid techniques and others. She has worked as a respiratory physician in various renowned centers in UK including University of Birmingham Hospitals, Heart of England NHS trust, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds and Worcestershire Royal infirmary.

Award-winning, meritorious and best outgoing student, Dr Vijayasaratha after completing her postgraduate studies from Madras Medical College in 1996, went to the United kingdom and had undergone intensive respiratory higher specialist training between 1999 and 2008, and was awarded with MRCP in 2000 and a dual CCT in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine in 2008. Dr Vijayasaratha did a fellowship in interventional pulmonology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Boston, USA.(affiliated to Harvard Medical School) in 2010. She has the necessary skills and expertise in the area of Medical Thoracosopy, Endobronchial and thoracic ultrasound.

Apart from being a vivid medical professional, Dr Vijayasaratha has been actively involved in a number of research works in the field of Respiratory Medicine. She also has carried out original research in COPD and alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency.

Medical Education, Certifications and fellowships/Research Papers.

  • Fellow in Interventional Pulmonary Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard university, Boston, USA, 2011
  • PG in Medical Education, University of Dundee, UK, 2011
  • CCT (Respiratory and Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physician, UK, 2008
  • MRCP , Royal College of Physician, UK, 2000
  • DNB, Madras Medical College, 1996
  • MD , Madras Medical College, 1996
  • MBBS, Madras Medical College, 1993

Clinical Interests/ Specialised Treatments /Area of Expertise

  • COPD oxygen therapy assessment and treatment, pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Lung Cancer diagnosis and planning of treatment
  • Sleep apnoea diagnosis and CPAP  treatment
  • Pleural diseases – Seldinger type chest drain insertion and Thoracoscopy
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Interventional Pulmonology

Awards & Honors

  • Best outgoing Student and Johnstone Medalist,  MBBS, 1991
  • Best outgoing MD student (TB and Respiratory), 1996
  • First rank in State of Tamilnadu in SSLC, 1985

Research and Publications

Original research article

  • K Vijayasaratha, R A Stockley: Reported and unreported exacerbations of COPD: analysis by diary cards. Chest 2008 Jan; 133(1):34-41. Epu’07 Nov 7
  • K Vijayasaratha, R A Stockley: Relationship between frequency, length, and treatment outcome of exacerbations to baseline lung function and lung density in alpha-1 antitrypsin-deficient COPD.Int. Journal of COPD. 2012;7:789-96. Epub 2012 Nov 27.

Review article

  • K Vijayasaratha, R A Stockley: Causes and management of exacerbations of COPD, Breathe, March 2007: Volume 3, No 3, 251- 263.

Newsletter

  • D Nikumbh, Vijayasaratha Kesavaperumal, R Dewar: Viewpoint: Cultural aspects and technical limitations of cytopathology based cervical cancer screening in India. Focus, Papanicolauo society of cytpathology, Dec 2011 Vol 16 Number 2

Abstracts

  • Presented a number of abstracts and few oral presentations in various international conferences. She has to her credits many clinical audits and reviews.

Research work

  • COPD exacerbations and symptom diary card scoring, in COPD and Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. journal.
  • Research officer/clinical investigator in the REPAIR trial, which is a multinational randomised double blinded placebo controlled clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a special derivative of retinoic acid in promoting alveolar growth in patients with alpha 1 antitrypsin deficient emphysema – University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, UK 2006-2008, status- completed
  • The effects of short – term fluctuations in ambient air pollution on the respiratory exacerbations of Cystic fibrosis: UK 2003- 2004; Supervised by Dr. D E Stableforth – status – completed.
  • Serum trace elements levels in pulmonary tuberculosis patients before and after treatment with short course chemotherapy.
  • Drug trial. Comparing the therapeutic efficacy and side effect profiles of Roxithromycin vs. Cefaclor in the outpatient management of lower respiratory tract infection. Open label study: 1995 – Chennai, India.
  • Predicting risks for repetition in attempted suicide; 1992 – Chennai –India.         Public health interests: She works to promote general and respiratory health and health education among economically disadvantaged people. She had done camps in promoting health among rural women focussing on cervical and breast cancers. Other interests: Further important areas of her interests include promotion of high quality medical education by curriculum planning, development, teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians London UK
  • European respiratory society
  • Indian Chest society

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