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Endocrinology chief, peds cardiologist join UMMC faculty

Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Medical Center is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff:

Lillian F. Lien, M.D.

Portrait of Dr. Lillian Lien

Dr. Lillian F. Lien, diabetes specialist and associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and division chief for endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes. Knowing the extent of obesity and diabetes in the state of Mississippi, she is especially excited to collaborate with Medical Center faculty on the care of these patients and on improving overall health in this state.

After receiving the B.S. in biomedical engineering from Harvard University in 1994, Lien earned the M.D. at the Duke University School of Medicine in 1999. She had an internship in internal medicine from 1999-2000, a residency in internal medicine from 2000-02, and a fellowship in endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition from 2002-05 at Duke University Medical Center.

She joined the Duke University Medical Center faculty in 2005 as an associate in medicine and became an assistant professor of medicine in 2006, medical director of Duke Inpatient Diabetes Management in 2008 and an associate professor of medicine in 2013.

Throughout her career, Lien has had a passion for the management of chronic diseases and is especially devoted to safe care for all individuals with diabetes mellitus. On these topics, she is the author or coauthor of 40 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and serves as a journal reviewer for several scientific journals. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. A nationally sought invited speaker, Lien’s research interests include inpatient diabetes, intravenous insulin and the metabolic syndrome.

Khyati Pandya, M.D.

Dr. Khyati Pandya, a pediatric electrophysiologist trained at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

After earning the M.B.B.S. at the K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai University, India, Pandya had postgraduate training in Mumbai at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. An assistant professor of cardiology at JIPMER Hospital, India, Pandya is a Diplomate of the National Board, India, and has earned the D.N.B. in pediatrics in 2001 and the D.N.B. in cardiology in 2005 in India.

Pandya completed a pediatric residency at Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2009 and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital, Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013. She then pursued a fellowship in pediatric electrophysiology at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The author of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter and co-author of the “Handbook on Pediatric Arrhythmias,” Pandya has presented numerous abstracts internationally. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Pandya specializes in treating disorders of heart rhythm in children, both medically and invasively, with electrophysiology studies and catheter ablation performed in the pediatric cardiac electrophysiology laboratory. Pandya’s research interests include angiogenic responses to HEXIM1 overexpression in the adult murine heart, channelopathies and cardiac resynchronization therapy in children.