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Honors and Awards

  • Feb 2020 American Academy of Pediatrics CME/CPD Award (2016-2018),
  • June 2019 Richard F. Jacobs Teaching Award 2018-2019 - Department of Pediatrics - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • June 2019 Teacher of the Year - Department of Pediatrics - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • June 2018 Department of Pediatrics Chairman's Teaching Award Finalist - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Nov 2017 Learning from Excellence Award - Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • June 2015 Department of Pediatrics Chairman's Teaching Award Finalist - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Vini Vijayan joined Valley Children’s as a pediatric infectious diseases specialist in 2019.

Prior to Valley Children’s, Dr. Vijayan served as the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at both Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Human Development Centers for Arkansas. She also worked as an infectious disease consultant for the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Dr. Vijayan is an active member of many professional societies, including the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, American Academy of HIV Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Diseases. She has also been appointed to several committees on both national and regional levels. She has served as a member of the Development of Pediatric Workforce Survey Section of Infectious Diseases and the regional representative for the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Vijayan has a rich background in teaching and research. She worked as an associate professor in the section of pediatric infectious diseases in the department of pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences from 2015 to 2019. While at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Vijayan also received the Learning from Excellence award in 2017. Her research and work has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals, including Clinical Pediatrics, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Dr. Vijayan has also co-written chapters for Mandell, Douglas and Bennett’s Principal and Practice of Infectious Diseases and the Handbook of Pediatric Infection Prevention and Control. Beyond her printed work, Dr. Vijayan has presented at state, national and international levels to groups such as the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress, the European Congress of Rheumatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

After receiving her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S) from Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Medical College in India, Dr. Vijayan completed both her pediatric internship and residency at The Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper Medical Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School in Camden, New Jersey. She then went on to complete her fellowship in pediatric infection diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Medical Education

  • Medical SchoolJagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Medical College, Mysore, Karnataka, India
  • FellowshipPediatric Infectious Diseases - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California
  • ResidencyThe Children's Reg. Hosp. at Cooper Med. Center, Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Camden
  • InternshipThe Children's Reg. Hosp. at Cooper Med. Center, Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Camden

Research

Selected Publications:
Nguyen M, Naeem F, Razzaqi F, Vijayan V. Invasive Trichosporonosis in a 2-Year-Old With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2021 May 18. PMID: 34001782.

Naeem F. Vijayan V, Kim BY, Rahmati E, McCarty J. Congenital Coccidioidomycosis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2021 May 10. PMID 33969875

Vjiayan V, Naeem F and Veesenmeyer A. Management of Infants Born to Mothers with HIV Infection, American Journal of Family Practice, July 2021

Vijayan V, Asokan D, Premkumar A and Sukumaran S. COVID -19 Pandemic and Yoga practice. New prescription for stress reduction. Med Clin Res Open Access. 2020;1(1):1-5.

Sukumaran S, Asokan D, Sukesh N, Vijayan V (2020) Using Pranayama or Yoga Breathing to Mitigate Stress and Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Yoga Phys Ther Rehabil 5: 1076. June 5, 2020. DOI: 10.29011/2577-0756.001076

Sanghavi PB, Au Yeung K, Sosa CE, Veesenmeyer AF, Limon JA, Vijayan V. Effect of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic on Pediatric Resident Well-Being. J Med Educ Curric 2020 Jul 30;7. PMID: 32844117

Sukumaran S, Vijayan V. Abatacept in the Treatment of Juvenile Dermatomyositis-Associated Calcifications in a 16-Year-Old Girl. Case Rep Rheumatol. 2020;2020:4073879. Published 2020 May 28. PMID: 32550037.

Pough K, Bhakta R, Honeycutt M, Maples H, Vijayan V. Evaluation of Pediatric Surgical Site Infections associated with Colorectal Surgeries at a Large Academic Children’s Hospital. Healthcare (Basel). 2020;8(2):E91. 2020 Apr 9. doi:10.3390/healthcare8020091. PMID: 32283686

Faraji E, Sukumaran S, Vijayan V. A 3-yr old with Fever and Rash: An Atypical Cause of Shock. Clinical Pediatrics, Jan 2020. PMID: 32028793

Pana A, Vijayan V, Anilkumar AC. Amebic Meningoencephalitis. [Updated 2019 Dec 17]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK430754/. PMID: 28613505

Linam WM, MD, MS, Marrero E, MSN, RN, CNOR(e), CIC, Michele D. Honeycutt MD, RN, BSN, CIC, Wisdom CM, RN, BSN, CIC2, Gaspar A, Vijayan V, MD. Focusing on Families and Visitors Reduces Healthcare Associated Respiratory Viral Infections in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Pediatric Qual and Safety Dec 2019; 6 e242. PMID: 32010868

Boye B MD, Wayne M, MD, Sukesh Sukumaran S, MD, Vijayan V, MD, FAAP. Blurry Vision and Irregularly Shaped Pupil in a 3-Year Old Female. Clinical Pediatr (Phila) 2019 May 20. PMID: 31104486

Vijayan V, Marrero E, CIC, Honeycutt MD, Wisdom CM, Gaspar A, Linam WM, MD, MS. Scabies in a Neonatal Intesive Care Unit. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2019 March.

Guzman N, Vijayan V. HIV-associated Lipodystrophy. [Updated 2019 May 21]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493183/

Vijayan V. HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for Victims of Sexual -Yeh SH, Vijayan V*, Hahn A, Ruch-Ross H, Kirkwood S, Phillips TC, Harrison. Profile of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Workforce in 2015, J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017 December 22. PMID:29309614