Prabhjot Nijjar, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Prabhjot Nijjar

Contact Info

nijja003@umn.edu

Fax 612-624-4411

Office Address:
Cardiovascular Division
Variety Club Research Center
401 East River Parkway
2nd Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Mailing Address:
UMN – Cardiovascular Division
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508 Mayo
8508A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Bill

Administrative Phone
612-626-1391

Administrative Email
wclark10@umphysicians.umn.edu

Administrative Fax Number
612-626-4411

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division


Medical School, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Internal Medicine Residency, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Cholesterol Metabolism, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging (CT/MRI) Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Summary

Dr Nijjar received his early education in India, and after completing his Internal Medicine residency in Philadelphia, he moved to Minneapolis for fellowship training in Cardiology at the University of Minnesota. He has always been curious about the effect of mind-body synergy on health, and is particularly interested in exploring meditation and its interaction with cardiovascular health. He attended the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program offered by the Center for Spirituality and Healing, and later worked closely with the Center to design a study to understand potential mechanisms of benefit with Meditation. Dr Nijjar is keen to expand the scientific knowledge-base for alternative and complementary medicine, so that it can move alongside mainstream medicine and be embraced by evidence-based health practitioners like himself. He is a member of the Research Working Group of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, that works to this effect. His vision is to have a healthcare environment that has the evidence base to allow practitioners and patients to pursue a holistic and integrative approach to health. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, and is passionate about cuisine and biking.

Expertise

Mindfulness meditation and effects on the heart

Cardiac disease prevention

Cardiac Imaging

Awards & Recognition

  • CV Imaging Fellow of the Year, University of Minnesota (2013)
  • Anthony Garofalo Fellowship Award in Preventive Cardiology, University of Minnesota (2012)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Albert Einstein Medical Center (2009)

Professional Associations

Member, Research Working Group, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Dr Nijjar’s research interests include optimal use of cardiac imaging for prevention, and the interaction of meditation with cardiovascular health. Modulation of autonomic nervous system assessed through heart rate variability by a mindfulness based stress reduction program.

Publications

  • Jane F Ferguson, Parth N Patel, Rhia Shah, Claire K Mulvey, Ram Gadi, Prabhjot S Nijjar, Haris Usman, Nehal N Mehta, Rachana Shah, Stephen R Master, Kathleen J Propert, Muredach P Reilly: Race and gender variation in response to evoked inflammation. Journal of Translational Medicine 2013, 11:63
  • Dickinson Oana, Nijjar Prabhjot, Detloff Barry, Benditt David: Vasodepressor cough syncope masked by sleep apnea induced asystole. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. 2012 Sep;23(9):1024-7
  • Nijjar PS, Burke FM, Bloesch A, Rader DJ: Role of dietary supplements in lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol: a review. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 2010 Jul-Aug;4(4):248-58
  • Kapinya K, Nijjar P, Stanek M, Amanullah A: Insulin-sensitizing antihyperglycemic medications are associated with better outcome in patients with diabetes undergoing cardiac stress testing: Internal Medicine Journal. 2008 April; 38(4):259-64
  • Singh Nijjar P, Parameswaran A, Amanullah AM: Evaluation of anomalous aortic origins of the coronaries by 64-slice cardiac computed tomography. Reviews in Cardiovascular medicine 2007;8(3): 175-81
  • Nijjar PS, Mountis M, Amanullah A: Acute Myocardial Infarction in a patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and normal coronary arteries: Reviews in Cardiovascular medicine. 2007;8(1): 36-40
  • Usman MHU, Nakaya K, Qamar A, Gadi R, Nathanson GA, Nijjar P, Wolfe M, Rader DJ, Dunbar RL: Single-Dose Extended-Release Niacin acutely attenuates HDL reduction in the setting of experimental oral fat challenge: A possible role of ANGPTL-3 and CETP Modulation. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Supplement, May 2012; 32: A19
  • Annette Kristina Blosch, Arthur Chernoff, Prabhjot Singh Nijjar: Can hypoglycemia be used as a marker of outcome in hospitalized non-diabetics? Journal of Clinical Lipidology. May 2010; 4(3); 228
  • P. Nijjar, G. Ngarmchamnanrith, H. Ra, R. Ishac, A. Stewart, D. Karia: Significance and prognostic value of QRS prolongation in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. European Journal of Heart Failure. Supplement, June 2007; 6: 42
    Presentations:
  • Prabhjot S Nijjar, Krishna Puppala, Barry Detloff, Julie Dicken, Beth Somerville, Mary J Kreitzer, David G Benditt: Modulation of Autonomic Nervous System Assessed Through Heart Rate Variability by a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program: Study Protocol. International Congress for Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Chicago, October 2013.
  • Haree Vongooru, Ashenafi Tamene, Prabhjot S Nijjar, Sue Duval, Uma Valeti: Quantification of Left Atrial Volume Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Correlation of Left Atrial Volume Index Measurements Using the Simpson's and Bi-plane Area-Length Methods. Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 17th Annual Scientific Sessions, New Orleans. January 2014
  • Prabhjot S Nijjar, Justin Roberts: High-Output Heart Failure Due to an Aorto-Pulmonary Fistula in a Heart Transplant Patient. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Montréal. April 2013
  • Prabhjot S Nijjar, Calla Brown, Henri Roukoz, Emil Missov: Antibody-Mediated Allograft Rejection Presenting with QT Prolongation and Malignant Torsade-de-Pointes. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Montréal. April 2013
  • Prabhjot S Nijjar, Carolina Masri, Helina Kassahun, Uma Valeti: Primary Cardiac Lymphoma: Multi-modality imaging for diagnosis and monitoring of treatment response. Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 16th Annual Scientific Sessions, San Fransisco. February 2013
  • Usman MHU, Nakaya K, Qamar A, Gadi R, Nathanson GA, Nijjar P, Wolfe M, Rader DJ, Dunbar RL: Single-Dose Extended-Release Niacin acutely attenuates HDL reduction in the setting of experimental oral fat challenge: A possible role of ANGPTL-3 and CETP Modulation. Society of Vascular Medicine Annual Scientific Sessions, Minneapolis. June 2012
  • Annette K Blosch, Arthur Chernoff, Prabhjot S Nijjar: Can hypoglycemia be used as a marker of outcome in hospitalized non-diabetics? Presented at the American Medical Association Annual Research Symposium, Hawaii. November 2012 

Clinical

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Lipidology
  • Echocardiography

Clinical Interests

Cardiac Imaging; Coronary artery disease; Lipid/Cholesterol disorders; Cardiac Prevention; Wellness/Integrative Medicine; South Asian Health