Vijay Viswanathan, MD, PhD

Vijay Viswanathan, MD, PhD

M.V. Hospital for Diabetes (India)
Head & Chief Diabetologist
President, Professor M. Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre

Areas of Interest

Understanding Diabetic Complications in Kidneys and Feet

Dr. Viswanathan is focused on managing the complications of diabetes, especially those that affect kidneys and feet. His research interest includes the determination of how the metabolic syndrome (MetS) is associated with neuropathy. He is also interested in how obesity relates to neuropathy in Indian populations, as compared to others around the world. Within the M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, he has established a diabetic foot clinic that specializes in preventing the need for amputation due to diabetic injury. 

Honors & Awards

  • Hoechst Senior Lecturership in Diabetes, Diamond APICON, 2005
  • Professor P.J. Mehta Oration Award, Association of Physicians of India, 2009
  • Professor Sam G.P. Moses Oration, Research Society for the Study of Diabetes (RSSDI), 2011
  • Inaugural Vivian Foncseca Scholar Award, American Diabetes Association, 2013
  • Professor Sam. G. P. Moses Oration and Gold Medal Oration, Research Society for the Study of Diabetes (RSSDI), 2014
  • Dr. B Ramamurthy Endowment Lecture Award, Indian Medical Association Branch, 2014
  • Gold Medal Oration, Research Society for the Study of Diabetes (RSSDI), 2015
  • Medical Council Award, Governor of Tamil Nadu at Tamil Nadu Medical Council Chennai, 2015
  • Fellowship Award, Research Society for the Study of Diabetes (RSSDI), 2017
  • Inspiring Diabetologist of India, Smt. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State- Health and Family Welfare Govt of India, 2018
  • Excellence in Diabetic Foot Award, National Diabetic Foot Conclave, 2018


  • MBBS, Stanley Medical College, University of Madras, 1987
  • MD, Internal Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, University of Mangalore, 1991
  • Advanced post-graduate course, Diabetes, Edinburgh, 1993
  • PhD, Diabetic Nephropathy in Type 2 Diabetes, M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, 1999
  • Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians, London, 2009
  • Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 2010
  • Fellowship, India College of Physicians, 2013

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