Misra earned his M.D. at Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India in 1982 and completed his residency at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. After serving as chief resident, he remained on staff to complete a fellowship in cardiology, then went to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for another fellowship in interventional cardiology. He was appointed an assistant professor of medicine and director of interventional cardiology at Vanderbilt.
In 1998 Misra came to UAB as an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. He was appointed director of UAB Hospital's cardiac catherization lab in 2005 and promoted to full professor in 2009.
As a researcher and innovator, Misra was the first to use the Tandem Heard LV support device during aortic valvuloplasty and helped develop the cone crush bifurcation stenting technique. As a vascular surgeon he performed some of the most complex, high-risk procedures for UAB Hospital, helping to make it a leading regional referral center for percutaneous valvular heart disease therapy.
Misra headed the Vulcan Interventional Cardiovascular Society, a professional organization based in Birmingham. He authored or co-authored numerous articles for national and international peer-reviewed journals. He was a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention.
Misra died in 2011 at the age of 51. He was survived by his wife, Mary Jo, and three children.
- Lollar, Jennifer (June 6, 2011) "UAB cardiologist Vijay Misra dead at age 51" UAB News