Dr. Vijaypal Arya, born in 1962 in Rajasthan, comes from a very academic oriented family; his mother Mrs. Sheelvati Devi, starting and serving at a Girls’ school for 55 years with active support of his father, Mr. Shanti Gupta. His grandfather Swami Satyanand founded Arya Mahila Vidyapeeth for girls’ education in Bharatpur district that is now a University. His parents, despite economic hardships, gave education top priority and excellence in education was the hallmark of the family. After completing his primary education, Dr. Arya commenced studies at Ravindranath Tagore Medical College of Rajasthan University. Dr. Arya came to the US in 1986 and joined as an intern at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. He completed his internal medicine residency in 1991.
To further pursue his interests, he joined the Gastroenterology fellowship program at Allegheny General Hospital and became a board certified gastroenterologist in 1993. He joined the Gastroenterology division of Wyckoff Heights Hospital as the Assistant director in 1994; became a fellow of American College of Physicians (1996), American College of Gastroenterology (1999) and American Gastroenterology association (2007). At Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, he is serving as the Chairman of Continuing Medical Education Committee and is the President of Medical Staff Society. In the past he served as President of Alumni Association. Teaching is his passion, which he believes he inherited from his mother. He has been honored by the Department of Medicine residents at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for his teaching and guidance by various awards. Dr Arya has been serving as Clinical Assistant Professor at Weill – Cornell Medical College, Director of Endoscopy at Wyckoff, Attending Physician at North Shore LIJ Health System . Dr Arya is well recognized by his peers and was listed as America’s Top Physician in 2004 by Consumers Research Council of America for three consecutive years.
In 2004, he started working to provide scientific evidence for the ancient Yoga method (Shankh Prakshalana) for Colon cleansing. This work received the Presidential Poster Award in 2009, American College of Gastroenterology, Annual Meeting. The research has been published in peer reviewed journals. He has given extensive lectures at various educational meetings. Dr Arya is an active member of various academic and honorary societies and organizations. He is also known for his generosity and humbleness by his selfless contributions to the people who are in need, for which he has established Vikalp Foundation. He lives in Old Brookeville, Long Island with his wife Dr Kalpana Arya-Gupta and four kids -Swarn, Simran, Sajel and Krishna.