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Dr. Vinod Kumar

Dr. Vinod Kumar, MD, FACC, RPVI

“As a Cardiovascular specialist I often make lifesaving decision. But I also spend time with patients, thoroughly explaining their diagnosis and treatment. This broad commitment to cardiovascular medicine helps me not only save lives, but increase the longevity and quality of them.”

Dr. Kumar is one of the most honored cardiovascular specialists for his work in the field of Cardiovascular.

He couples years of extensive training and research alongside some of the leaders in the industry with an unyielding dedication to the well-being of each of his patients.

“In medical school, I worked hard to earn the best education possible. Afterward, I perfected my skills in cardiovascular medicine under some of the nation’s leading cardiovascular specialists, including Dr. DeBakey, the originator of open- heart bypass surgery. Today, I apply this extensive training on a daily basis- to preserve and improve the lives of patient’s right here in our community.”

Curriculum Vitae

Name: Vinod Kumar

Telephone: 661-324-4100     Fax: 661-324-4600

1992 – Present:  Medical Director, The Heart Center
2008-2009: Director, Cardiac Cath Lab, San Joaquin Hospital, CA
2000-2007: Honorary Chairman, Physicians Advisory Board to President Bush, NRCC
2005- Present: Clinical Instructor, UCLA, Los Angeles California
2005-2013: President of American Heart Association, Kern County Chapter, CA
2005-2006 Chairman Cardiology, San Joaquin Hospital, CA
2000-2002: Chairman, Credentials committee, San Joaquin Hospital
1998-2000: Chairman, Dept. of Medicine, San Joaquin Hospital
1996: Reviewer of CMRI Board of California


7/91 – 6/92: Interventional Cardiology fellow, UCLA Scholl of Medicine, CA
7/89--6/91: Fellowship in Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Huston, TX
(Program Director: R. Roberts, M.D.)
7/86-6/89 Residency in Internal Medicine at
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
1979- 1985: Medical School, Obtained MD, University Medical College, Rohtak, India
(ECFMG): Scaled Score: 87 (99 percentile)
FLEX: Scaled Score: 86

California # A49366
Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1989
Board Certified in Cardiology in 1991
Board Re-Certified in Cardiology in 2001 and 2011
Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology in 2001 and 2011
Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology in 2002 and 2011
Board Certified in Vascular Medicine in 2013
Board Certified in Endovascular Medicine in 2013
Fellow of American College of Cardiology


Recipient of “Physician of the year” from Congress of United State in 2003
Recipient of Ronald Reagan Gold Medal award in 2004 for outstanding service to the community
Recipient of Crystal Heart Award 1994 “Outstanding Physician of the Year”
Recipient of Danny O’Neil Memorial Award in 1998
Recipient of “physician of the Year” from Kern Physician assistant in 1999
National Merit Scholarship through Medical School Years
Five star rating as Cardiovascular in Bakersfield in 2004- present.
2007 Manav Ratn award by Sankalp organization, Delhi, India

1.    Worked with Robert A. Kloner, M.D., PhD. In Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at Wayne State University, Detroit on the following projects:
(I)    Noninvasive assessment of area at risk in a canine model if ischemia.
(II)    Ultrasound enhancement of myocardial infarction by fluorocarbons.
(III)    Role of oxygenated fluorocarbon in prevention of distal myocardial ischemia during balloon inflation in dogs.
(IV)    Randomized trial of 90 minutes coronary artery occlusion with an auto perfusion angioplasty catheter in canine model.
2.    Worked in the area of Molecular Biology with Mark Blick, M.D. and Sant P. Chawla, M.D. at University of Texas.
Topic: “Oncogene Expression in Human Melanomas and Sarcomas.”
3.    Involved in multiple clinical research trials conducted at Baylor College of Medicine (TIMI-3 TEAM, TTOPP, UNSA, PGE-1, SOLVD, BARI, Fish Oil Study and others).
4.    Involved in various Angioplasty and Angioscopy related research projects.


Percutaneous Trans luminal Coronary Angioplasty.
Percutaneous Trans luminal Coronary Atherectomy (DVI)
Percutaneous Trans luminal  Rotablator Arherectomy
Percutaneous Trans luminal Excimer Laser Angioplasty
Coronary Stents, Ultrasound Imaging, Angioscopy, and Doppler Flow

Percutaneous Trans luminal Angioplasty (PTA)
Peripheral Atherectomy
Peripheral Laser Angioplasty
Stents Placement
Intravascular Ultrasound

National American College of Physicians Meeting 1998, New York
ACP Regional Meeting at Traverse City, MI 1987
Member, Kern County Medical Society
American Heart Association Annual Meeting 1986, 1990- present
American College of Cardiology 1987 – present

1.    Shin, D., Kumar, V.G.,  Chawla, S., Donner, L. Gutterman, J., Blic-Aberrent oncogene expression in uncultured human melanoma and sarcoma- Anticancer Research 7:1117-11124(1987)
2.    Shin, D., Kumar, V.G., Donner, L. et al.-Aberrant expression of n-myc, c-kras as well as over expression of c-cis in fresh uncultured human melanoma and sarcoma- present  at annual meeting AACR ‘ 87, Atlanta.
3.    Blick, M., Kumar V.G., Shin, D., chawla S., Donner, L., Gutterman, J- Expression of transforming growth factor- Alpha Epidermal factor receptor and p53 in Human Sarcoma- International Journal of Cancer( Submitted for Publication).
4.    Kumar, V.G., Chandrashekher,P.,- Rising trend of Tuberculosis at Detroit City Hospital- Presented at ACP meeting ’87, Traverse City, MI and National ACP meeting ’88, New York, NY.
5.    Johnston, D., Kumar, V.G., Verani, M- Assessment of myocardial tissue viability with magnetic resonance imaging following acute infraction; comparison with Adenosine Thallium- 201 Scinitigraphy- Presented at  9th annual meeting of Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, New York, 1990.
6.    Sack, J., Kumar V.G., et al - Complete Heart Block Complications retrograde left heart catheterization in patients with cardiac transplant- Accepted for publication in “Catheterization and Cardiovascular Disease”.
7.    Sack, J., Kumar V.G., et al- Factor affecting resuscitation outcome during interposed intra- abdominal counter pulsation- Submitted to Circulation.
8.    Kumar, V.G., Serman, CT. et al- Balloon Angioplasty in orthotropic heart transplant recipients: Patients selection and results- Submitted for presentation to AHA meeting ’92.
9.    Geber ,R., Kumar, V.G., et al- Effect of non- stimulation cardiomyoplasty on left Ventricular function- Submitted for presentation to AHA ’92.
10.    Sack, J., Kumar, V.G., et al- Sodium Bicarbonate and resuscitation outcome during in hospital Cardiac arrest- Submitted for presentation to AHA ’92.
11.    Multiple Presentation on various Subject In Cardiology to Bakersfield Hospitals and Community.

1.    Creating Heart Health- By Dr. Vinod Kumar and Dr. Ashish Gupta.
2.    Co- Author with Robert A. Kloner, M.D., PhD. On the following Chapters in 1990 edition of “CARDIOLOGY REFERANCE BOOK- THIRD EDITION”, R.A. Kloner, Ed., Co Medica, Inc., New York, NY
Section 1. Major risk factor for CAD- V.G Kumar M.D and Kloner, M.D., PhD
Section 2. Non- Invasive diagnostic tests.
Section 3. Angina Pectoris: Pathophysiology and Pharmacologic therapy.
Section 4. Silent Myocardial Ischemia – R.A. Kloner, M.D., PhD. And V.G.Kumar, M.D
Section 5. Coronary Angioplasty – R.A. Kloner, M.D., PhD and V.G. Kumar, M.D, PhD.
Section 6. Surgical Vs. Medical Therapy in CAD- V. Kumar and R. Kloner, M.D., PhD.
Section 7. Therapy for Acute MI- Role of Thrombolytic Therapy, Chronic beta- blockade and Aspirin- R. Kloner, M.D., PhD., V.G. Kumar, M.D. And S. Goel, M.D.

Several hundred lectures to date on Cardiology, Prevention of Heart Attacks, and Atherosclerosis at the local Hospitals including teaching lectures at Kern Medical Center in the Bakersfield which is an affiliate at UCLA
Has developed a program for patients and community to reduce risk of Heart Diseases Called “GOOD FAMILY, GOOD HEART” AND “PAINLESS DAYS AND RESTFUL NIGHTS”.