WashU Nephrology Says Farewell to Dr. Anitha Vijayan

Anitha Vijayan, MD, FASN, retires from WashU Nephrology

It is truly a bittersweet moment as we say farewell to Anitha Vijayan, MD, FASN, a valued member of WashU Nephrology for over 25 years, who is retiring from the Division.

Dr. Vijayan earned her medical degree from the University of the West Indies and completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s hospital in Chesterfield, MO.  She came to WashU Nephrology as a renal fellow, subsequently joined our Division as an instructor in 1999, and was promoted to Professor of Medicine in 2012.  Most recently, she served as Medical Director of Acute Dialysis Services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  With a clinical and research focus on improving outcomes in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), Anitha has published extensively in the area of renal replacement therapy and biomarkers in AKI.  (See below for links to Anitha’s many achievements.}

A reception held 9/12/23 at Eric P Newman Education Center gave us the opportunity to bid farewell to Anitha (and many tears were shed).  

While WashU Nephrology is sad that Anitha is leaving, we are so excited for her and wish her all the best on the next leg of her professional and personal journey. 

Anitha Vijayan is joined by current renal fellow at her farewell reception.
A group photo signed by friends and colleagues was presented to Anitha Vijayan on her retirement from WashU Nephrology.
Friends and colleagues say goodbye to Anitha. Photo credit: Dr. Ben Humphreys
Here are a few of the heartfelt comments from friends and colleagues to Anitha (@VijayanMD), as posted on X (Twitter):

Friends never say goodbye; they simply say, ‘See you soon.’ Wishing you joy, happiness & success as your new chapter begins.” Anuja Java, MD, @anuja_java

Bittersweet farewell to one of the nicest, kindest people in @WUNephrology.  We’re gonna miss you.” Moe Mahjoub, PhD, @MahjoubLab

Final remarks of 25 years of excellence. You will be missed.” Tarek Alhamad, MD, @TransplantPulse

“WashU has been by home away from home for the past 25 years. I have been fortunate to work with exemplary colleagues across all departments at WashU as well as BJC.  People have always been generous with their time and expertise. It has been my privilege to be a part of this community.” 

Anitha Vijayan

Here is a short list of Anitha’s many recent accomplishments:

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