Vikas Saini, MD is President of the Lown Foundation. He was born in India and raised in Canada. After attending Upper Canada College in Toronto, he majored in philosophy at Princeton, with an interest in economics, politics, and history. He completed his MD with distinction from Dalhousie University in Halifax (1980), residency at Baltimore City Hospitals/Johns Hopkins Bayview, and a Lown Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Saini joined the Lown Group in 1987 before leaving to co-found Aspect Medical Systems, the pioneer in consciousness monitoring technologies in the operating room and critical care setting. There he served on the Board of Directors and was the first Vice-President for Research. He organized the company’s initial clinical research trials and helped secure early rounds of angel and venture capital investments before returning to the practice of cardiology. Aspect Medical made its initial public offering in 2000 and was acquired by Covidien in 2009.
He was a founding partner of The Cardiovascular Specialists, which became for a time the dominant cardiovascular practice on Cape Cod. He also founded and was Chairman of Cape Physicians, LLC, a primary care physician network participating in insurance risk contracts which has remained financially successful since its founding. He continued to lead the organization after its merger with Primary Care, LLC (now New England Quality Care Alliance), where he served as Vice-President.
Dr. Saini left private practice on Cape Cod in 2007 to return to the Lown Cardiovascular Group and Lown Foundation. Dr. Saini is Board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology and is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. His interests include nutritional and preventive cardiology, technology applications for medicine, the biology of aging, and global health. Dr. Saini writes a monthly column for Prevention India magazine (read his monthly column here).
In April 2012,Dr Saini convened the Avoiding Avoidable Care Conference Shannon Brownlee of the New America Foundation.
Dr. Saini's Cardioblog: www.vikassaini.wordpress.com