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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Vijay Yanamadala, 2008

Complex Spine Surgery Fellow, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Vijay Yanamadala is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD/MBA in Medicine, Business at Harvard University and MIT

VIJAY YANAMADALA is a Complex Spine Surgery Fellow at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. He did his residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received an MD/MBA fom Harvard University/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).

Vijay was born in Dallas, Texas to parents who had emigrated from India. His parents are naturalized US citizens and live in Palos Verdes, California.

Vijay received his BA in biochemical sciences, magna cum laude, and an MA in chemistry, both from Harvard University. In high school, while working on an environmental preservation project with the National Audubon Society, Vijay was awarded best of category and first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2002 for his work designing a successful filtration system for reducing phosphates and ammonia in lakes populated by pathogenic and toxic microorganisms.

At Harvard University, Vijay also found time to be a teaching fellow, teaching in five courses and receiving several certificates of distinction. He was also active in cross-cultural organizations, serving as vice chairman of the Harvard University Interfaith Council and founder-editor of a student journal on Hinduism, Swadharma. He twice received awards from the Harvard Foundation for contributions to intercultural and race relations. He also played in the Harvard University Band and was part of the Commencement Ensemble in 2004 and 2005.

Vijay has done research on topics including synthetic organic chemistry, hypertension, and on the biochemical signaling pathways of G proteins and apoptosis in Polycystic Kidney Disease, the most common monogenic genetic disease in the world. This work has led to first-author publications in various journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Vijay's long term goal is to pursue a career in academic medicine, allowing him to combine his passion for research, teaching, and clinical care. As he explains, physician-scientists are in a particularly important position at the crux between science and society.

Work History
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center, Complex Spine Surgery Fellow