Vijay Koka, MD

Dr. Vijay Koka joined Renal Specialists of Houston in 2007 after completing a fellowship in Nephrology at Baylor College of Medicine. With a previous master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, he has been published in numerous medical journals, including Circulation and Nephrology. Dr. Koka practices primarily in the southeast/Pasadena region, and is Medical Director at Fresenius Kidney Care LaPorte and Strawberry dialysis facilities.

PROFESSIONAL/ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS 

  • Volunteer Faculty, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Hospitalist, Meritcare Hospital North Dakota 2002 - 2004

RENAL FELLOWSHIP 

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas 2004 - 2007

RESIDENCY 

  • University of North Dakota, Fargo ND 1999 – 2002
  • National University of Singapore, Research Student 1997 – 1998
  • Medwin Hospital, Hyderabad India 1997
  • Mediciti Hospital, Hyderabad India 1996

POSTGRADUATE

  • Masters in Public Health, Harvard University School of Public Health 1998 - 1999

MEDICAL SCHOOL 

  • Christian Medical College, Vellore India 1990 – 1996
  • Medicine and Surgery

BOARD CERTIFICATION 

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Diplomate in Nephrology

AREAS OF CLINICAL INTEREST 

  • Hypertension
  • Vasculitis and Glomerulonephritis
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dialysis
  • Dialysis Access Management

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS 

  • CHI Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center
  • Cornerstone Hospital
  • HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake
  • HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland
  • HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast 
  • Houston Methodist Baytown
  • Houston Methodist Clear Lake
  • Houston Methodist Medical Center
  • Kindred Bay Area Hospital
  • Kindred Clear Lake
  • Kindred Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
  • PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Clearlake
  • PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Clearlake North
  • St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center

PUBLICATIONS/RESEARCH

  • Koka V, Wang W, Huang XR, Kim-Mitsuyama S, Truong LD, Lan HY.  Advanced glycation end products activate a chymase-dependent angiotensin II-generating pathway in diabetic complications. Circulation. 2006 March 14;113(10):1353-60.
  • Wang W. Koka V. Lan HY. Transforming growth factor-beta and Smad signaling in kidney diseases. Nephrology (Carlton).2005 Feb;10(1):48-56.
  • Potti A, Ganti AK, Tuchman SA, Sholes K, Langness E, KokaV, Koch M. HER-2/neu and CD117 (c-kit) over expression in patients with pesticide exposure and extensive stage small cell carcinoma (ESSCLC).  J Carcinog, 2005 June 9;4-8.
  • Potti A, Forseen SE, Koka VK, Pervez H, Koch M, Fraiman G.Mehdi SA, Levitt R.  Determination of HER-2/neu overexpression and clinical predictors of survival in a cohort of 347 patients with primary malignant brain tumors. Cancer Invest.2004;22(4):537-44.
  • Koka V, Potti A, Forseen SE, Pervez H, Fraiman GN, Koch M.Levitt R.  Role of HER 2/neu over expression and clinical determinants of early mortality in glioblastoma multiforme.Am J Clin Oncol.2003 Aug;26(4):332-5.
  • Ganti AK, Potti A, Koka VK, Pervez H, Mehdi SA.  Myeloproliferative syndromes and the associated risk of
  • coronary artery disease.  Thromb Res.2003 May 1;110(2,3)83-6.
  • Abdel-Raheem MM, Potti A, Tadros S. Koka V, Hanekom D,Fraiman G, Danielson BD.  Effect of low-molecular-weight heparin on potassium homeostasis.  Pathophysiol Haemost Thromb.2002 May-June;32(3):107-10.
  • Froseen SE, Potti A, Koka V, Koch M, Fraiman G, Levitt R. Identification and relationship of HER-2/neu over expression to short term mortality in primary malignant brain tumors. Anticancer Res. 2002 May-June;22(3):1599-602.