CMHC Faculty Members

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Salim S. Virani, MD, PhD

Houston, Texas

Salim S. Virani, MD, PhD

Preventive Cardiologist


Dr. Salim S. Virani is an associate professor in the Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research sections and director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at Baylor College of Medicine. In clinical practice, Dr. Virani is a preventive cardiologist with a special emphasis on management of complex dyslipidemias. His research aims to understand several domains in the delivery of high-quality primary and secondary cardiovascular disease preventive care including effectiveness, equity, safety, and efficiency. Through funded research grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs, American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association, his team evaluates: models of delivery of primary cardiovascular disease preventive care; how to leverage machine learning to identify statin intolerance; and how point-of-care informatics-driven interventions can improve guideline-concordant care delivery.

Education and Training

  • PhD in Biostatistics and Health Services Research, Baylor College of Medicine, 2012
  • Cardiology Fellowship, Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine, 2008
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Jackson Memorial Hospital an University of Miami, 2005
  • Medical Degree, Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan, 1998

Professional Highlights

  • Scott Grundy Award for Excellence in Lipids Metabolism Research, American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Research Award
  • Chair for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Section, American College of Cardiology (ACC)
  • Vice chair, Cardiovascular Disease Statistics Committee, AHA
  • Chair, Research and Publications Committee, ACC PINNACLE Registry
  • Associate Editor for Innovations and Chair for Digital Strategy,
  • Best Medical Graduate Award, Aga Khan University Medical College
  • Tauber Award for the Outstanding Fellow. Texas Heart Institute


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