Navin Vij, M.D., MSHP, ChristianaCare Value Institute physician scientist and academic hospitalist of ChristianaCare Hospitalist Partners, has been selected as a Delaware Business Times “40 under 40” awardee.
The publication spotlights 40 Delawareans under the age of 40 who are making a name for themselves through professional excellence and community involvement, representing the best in a range of fields.
In his role with the ChristianaCare Value Institute, Dr. Vij focuses on addressing social determinants of health, with a particular current focus on homelessness.
He is a fellow of Leadership Delaware, a program that mentors Delawareans to seek and excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional and corporate leadership in the state.
Prior to joining ChristianaCare in 2017, Dr. Vij was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he also completed a Master of Science in Health Policy Research. During this time, his research interests focused on the intersection of the opioid epidemic and secondary infectious complications, particularly hepatitis C. His projects focused on social determinants and health policy factors around this intersection, and involved key stakeholders from the harm reduction community and traditional public health infrastructure.
Dr. Vij was a Rice University/Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scholar and co-founded the Baker Institute for Public Policy Student Forum. He also spent time working on health policy issues, interning in British Parliament, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and with the Texas Program for Society and Health.
After completing a Med-Peds residency and chief residency at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Vij was an assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Case. While working clinically as an academic hospitalist, he also served as an assistant program director for the Med-Peds Residency Program at Case Western.
Beyond his research and academic interests, Dr. Vij has also been an advocate dedicated to improving the delivery of health care for patients. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, is involved nationally with the Caring Ambassadors Program and has served as a member of the National Patient Advisory Committee for the American Liver Foundation.
He is involved nationally with the Caring Ambassadors Program as a board member and locally in Delaware as a board member of HepAware; he is a co-founder of the Clinician Action Network. He is a recipient of the Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2016, was named a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health by the National Minority Quality Forum.