Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH

Professor of Cardiology, Academic Institute
Jerold B. Katz Investigator, Academic Institute
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness, Department of Cardiology
Co-director, Center for Health Data Science and Analytics
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Nasir Lab


Dr. Nasir received his MD from Pakistan, followed by a MPH at John Hopkins University. Dr. Nasir completed his internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center and cardiology fellowship at Yale University. He also received postdoctoral research training at the division of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was recipient of NIH T-32 fellowship in cardiac imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. He recently earned a Master’s degree in Health Economics and Policy Management from London School of Economics & Political Science.

Dr. Nasir serves as Associate Editor for Circulation: Quality of Care and Outcomes, editorial board member for Circulation as well on the board of directors for American Society of Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). He was honored with the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013, which acknowledges alumni who have typified Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and brought credit to the University by their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, or humanitarian service

Dr. Nasir has over 500 peer-reviewed articles which are published in top journals such as Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Journal of American College of Cardiology and European Heart Journal. Dr. Nasir has lectured extensively throughout the world on coronary arthrosclerosis, cardiac imaging and prevention.

Description of Research

Dr. Nasir’s area of expertise in preventive cardiology involves the identification of high-risk individuals — those likely to have a heart attack or stroke. His research helps to identify the at-risk population so that treatments may be targeted to them.


Cumulative social disadvantage and health-related quality of life: national health interview survey 2013–2017
Hagan, K, Javed, Z, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Hyder, AA, Mossialos, E, Yahya, T, Acquah, I, Valero-Elizondo, J, Pan, A, Nwana, N, Taha, M & Nasir, K 2023, , BMC Public Health, vol. 23, no. 1, 1710.

Mitral annular calcification as a predictor of stroke in the multiethnic study of atherosclerosis
Onuegbu, A, Calicchio, F, Kinninger, A, Nakanishi, R, Carr, JJ, Nasir, K, Gottesman, R & Budoff, M 2023, , Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 680-688.

Reply: “The True Power of Zero” and “Diagnostic and Prognostic Value of CAC Assessment in Chest Pain”
Nasir, K, Agha, A, Grandhi, GR & Khan, SU 2023, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 16, no. 9, pp. 1241.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scores in Older Adults With Diabetes and Their Association With Diabetes-Specific Risk Enhancers (from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study)
Obisesan, OH, Orimoloye, OA, Wang, FM, Dardari, ZA, Selvin, E, Boakye, E, Osei, AD, Honda, Y, Dzaye, O, Pankow, J, Coresh, J, Howard-Claudio, CM, Nasir, K, Matsushita, K & Blaha, MJ 2023, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 201, pp. 219-223.

Characteristics and outcomes in acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations among the older population (age =80 years) in the United States, 2004-2018
Ijaz, SH, Minhas, AMK, Jain, V, Rifai, MA, Sharma, G, Mehta, A, Dani, SS, Fudim, M, Al-Kindi, SG, Sperling, L, Shapiro, MD, Alam, M, Virani, SS, Goel, SS, Nasir, K & Khan, SU 2023, , Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 111, 104930, pp. 104930.

Outcomes of Intravascular Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Non–ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction-Propensity Matched Regression Analysis
Titus, A, Majmundar, V, Taha, A, Patel, N, Sooraj, M, Omkumar, JM, Koshy, RM, Saji, AM, Sherif, AA, Titus, A, Kadavath, S, Vallabhajosyula, S, Nasir, K & Dani, SS 2023, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 200, pp. 95-102.

Body Mass Index and All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in United States Adults With and Without Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: Findings from the National Health Interview Survey
Taha, MB, Javed, Z, Nwana, N, Acquah, I, Satish, P, Sharma, G, Sabouret, P, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2023, , Population Health Management, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 254-267.

Contaminant Metals as Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease; and Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease 2023, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 12, no. 13, pp. e029852.

Association Between Historical Neighborhood Redlining and Cardiovascular Outcomes Among US Veterans With Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Diseases
Deo, SV, Motairek, I, Nasir, K, Mentias, A, Elgudin, Y, Virani, SS, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2023, , JAMA Network Open, vol. 6, no. 7, pp. e2322727.

Implications of Social Disadvantage Score in Cardiovascular Outcomes and Risk Assessment: Findings From the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis
Hammoud, A, Chen, H, Ivanov, A, Yeboah, J, Nasir, K, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Bertoni, A, Khan, SU, Blaha, M, Herrington, D & Shapiro, MD 2023, , Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. e009304.

Statins for Attenuating Cardiotoxicity in Patients Receiving Anthracyclines: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Titus, A, Cheema, HA, Shafiee, A, Seighali, N, Shahid, A, Bhanushali, KB, Kumar, A, Khan, SU, Khadke, S, Thavendiranathan, P, Hundley, WG, Scherrer-Crosbie, M, Nohria, A, Neilan, TG, Dani, SS, Nasir, K & Ganatra, S 2023, , Current Problems in Cardiology, vol. 48, no. 10, 101885, pp. 101885.

Reproductive Experiences and Cardiovascular Disease Care in Pregnancy-Capable and Postmenopausal Individuals: Insights From the American Heart Association Research Goes Red Registry
Rao, SJ, Kwapong, YA, Boakye, E, Mallya, P, Zhao, J, Akel, W, Hong, H, Li, S, Oyeka, CP, Metlock, FE, Ouyang, P, Blumenthal, RS, Nasir, K, Khandelwal, A, Kinzy, C, Mehta, LS, Roger, VL, Hall, JL & Sharma, G 2023, , Current Problems in Cardiology, vol. 48, no. 10, 101853, pp. 101853.

Favorable Neighborhood Walkability is Associated With Lower Burden of Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among Patients Within an Integrated Health System: The Houston Methodist Learning Health System Outpatient Registry
Makram, OM, Nwana, N, Nicolas, JC, Gullapelli, R, Pan, A, Bose, B, Parekh, T, Al-Kindi, S, Yahya, T, Hagan, K, Javed, Z, Patel, K, Sharma, G, Jones, SL, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Maddock, JE & Nasir, K 2023, , Current Problems in Cardiology, vol. 48, no. 6, 101642.

Residing in a Food Desert and Adverse Cardiovascular Events in US Veterans With Established Cardiovascular Disease
Lloyd, M, Amos, ME, Milfred-Laforest, S, Motairek, IK, Pascuzzi, K, Petermann-Rocha, F, Elgudin, Y, Nasir, K, Freedman, D, Al-Kindi, S, Pell, J & Deo, SV 2023, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 196, pp. 70-76.

The association of sex-specific hormones with coronary artery plaque characteristics from Miami Heart (MiHeart) study
Kwapong, YA, Sharma, G, Valero-Elizondo, J, Achirica, MC, Ali, SS, Blaha, MJ, Blankstein, R, Shapiro, MD, Arias, L, Budoff, MJ, Feldman, T, Cury, RC, Mehta, L, Fialkow, J & Nasir, K 2023, , American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 14, 100479, pp. 100479.

Lifetime healthcare expenses across demographic and cardiovascular risk groups: The application of a novel modeling strategy in a large multiethnic cohort study
Khera, R, Kondamudi, N, Liu, M, Ayers, C, Spatz, ES, Rao, S, Essien, UR, Powell-Wiley, TM, Nasir, K, Das, SR, Capers, Q & Pandey, A 2023, , American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 14, 100493, pp. 100493.

Atherosclerotic plaque in individuals without known cardiovascular disease but with established obstructive sleep apnea and at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea
Walia, HK, Khosla, AA, Saxena, A, Aneni, E, Ali, SS, Valero-Elizondo, J, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Feldman, T, Fialkow, J & Nasir, K 2023, , American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 14, 100497.

Risk factor associations with individual myocardial infarction subtypes and acute non-ischemic myocardial injury in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA): Design and rationale
DeFilippis, AP, Lidani, KCF, Nam, Y, Trainor, PJ, Johnson, WC, Heckbert, SR, McClelland, RL, Blaha, MJ & Nasir, K 2023, , American Heart Journal, vol. 260, pp. 151-173.

Association of Psychosocial Risk Factors and Outcomes in Heart Failure: Does COVID-19 Affect Outcomes?
Kasireddy, TR, Yukselen, Z, Muthyala, A, Bansal, K, Dasari, M, Arun Kumar, P, Anugu, VR, Majmundar, V, Nakhla, M, Sharma, G, Nasir, K, Warraich, HJ, Ganatra, S & Dani, SS 2023, , Current Problems in Cardiology, vol. 48, no. 10, 101795, pp. 101795.

Low educational attainment is associated with higher all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in the United States adult population
Khan, N, Javed, Z, Acquah, I, Hagan, K, Khan, M, Valero-Elizondo, J, Chang, R, Javed, U, Taha, MB, Blaha, MJ, Virani, SS, Sharma, G, Blankstein, R, Gulati, M, Mossialos, E, Hyder, AA, Achirica, MC & Nasir, K 2023, , BMC Public Health, vol. 23, no. 1, 900.