Vijay Chandiramani named Hospitalist of the Year

June 24, 2024

Vijay Chandiramani, MD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, received the Hospitalist of the Year award from the American College of Physicians Arizona Chapter.

Portrait of a man wearing a grey suit, purple tie and glasses standing in front of lights in the Health Sciences Innovation Building Forum.

Vijay Chandiramani, MD

Photo by Noelle Haro-Gomez, UArizona Health Sciences Office of Communications

The award honors a hospitalist – a physician who cares for inpatients – “for significant contributions in the field of hospital medicine in the areas of critical care, patient safety, quality improvement and leadership,” according to its website.

“I am humbled by this honor and consider myself very fortunate that my work has been appreciated and people took the time out of their busy lives to nominate me,” said Chandiramani, who is also an associate chief in the Division of Inpatient Medicine at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

He joined the Arizona chapter of the American College of Physicians in 2005. Over the years, he has volunteered at its annual meeting and judged poster presentations. Chandiramani spends most of his time in a clinical setting and teaching residents in the hospital. He said receiving the honor would not be possible if it were not for the team of people he works with daily. 

“In an age when most providers use texts or documentation to communicate, Dr. Chandiramani can often be seen stopping by the emergency department doc box (doctors’ station) to discuss care face to face,” said Matthew Berkman, MD, a clinical professor of emergency medicine at the College of Medicine – Tucson and the Emergency Department medical director at Banner – University Medical Center South. “This conversation allows for a more complete understanding of the specific needs of the patient and the best clinical path forward. Time after time, I have found Dr. Chandiramani’s approach to communication and handoff between our departments results in better care.”

Chandiramani said he is grateful to Shannon Marshall Harrison, MD, former assistant clinical professor of medicine at the College of Medicine – Tucson, who recently passed away, and Carlos M. Perez-Velez, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at the College of Medicine – Tucson, for inspiring him throughout his career.

“Both doctors have dedicated their lives to service of patients,” Chandiramani said, “and have role-modeled exemplary work ethic, professionalism and care provided to their patients.”

He said his parents, extended family, his wife Arundhuti and daughter Anukriti inspired and motivated him to make a difference in the world. 

“I would like to give a shout-out to all ancillary staff, volunteers, transporters, therapists, techs, nurses, pharmacists, case managers, house supervisors, emergency department and specialty physicians, residents and medical students who show up to work every day with the hope of creating a better world,” he said. “The positive energy they bring to the workplace inspires and motivates me to do better and be kinder, more empathetic, more patient and more mindful. They serve as role models for me.”