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 Outcomes Research
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


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.


Trends in quality of primary care in the United States, 2007–2016
Saxena, A, Ramamoorthy, V, Rubens, M, McGranaghan, P, Veledar, E & Nasir, K 2022, , Scientific Reports, vol. 12, no. 1, 1982.

Effect of No-Charge Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring on Cardiovascular Prevention
Al-Kindi, S, Tashtish, N, Rashid, I, Gupta, A, AnsariGilani, K, Gilkeson, R, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Nasir, K, Pronovost, P, Simon, DI & Rajagopalan, S 2022, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 174, pp. 40-47.

Social Vulnerability and Excess Mortality in the COVID-19 Era
Motairek, I, Janus, SE, Hajjari, J, Nasir, K, Khan, SU, Rajagopalan, S & Al-Kindi, S 2022, , American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 172, pp. 172-174.

Nativity-Related Disparities in Preterm Birth and Cardiovascular Risk in a Multiracial U.S. Cohort
Kwapong, YA, Boakye, E, Obisesan, OH, Shah, LM, Ogunwole, SM, Hays, AG, Blumenthal, RS, Creanga, AA, Blaha, MJ, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Nasir, K, Douglas, PS, Wang, X & Sharma, G 2022, , American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 885-894.

Distribution of Coronary Artery Calcium by Age, Sex, and Race Among Patients 30-45 Years Old
Javaid, A, Dardari, ZA, Mitchell, JD, Whelton, SP, Dzaye, O, Lima, JAC, Lloyd-Jones, DM, Budoff, M, Nasir, K, Berman, DS, Rumberger, J, Miedema, MD, Villines, TC & Blaha, MJ 2022, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 79, no. 19, pp. 1873-1886.

Relationship of American Heart Association's Life Simple 7, Ectopic Fat, and Insulin Resistance in 5 Racial/Ethnic Groups
Chevli, PA, Mehta, A, Allison, M, Ding, J, Nasir, K, Blaha, MJ, Blankstein, R, Talegawkar, SA, Kanaya, AM, Shapiro, MD & Mongraw-Chaffin, M 2022, , Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 107, no. 6, pp. e2394-e2404.

Burden of cardiovascular risk factors and disease in five Asian groups in Catalonia: a disaggregated, population-based analysis of 121 000 first-generation Asian immigrants
Satish, P, Vela, E, Bilal, U, Cleries, M, Kanaya, AM, Kandula, N, Virani, SS, Islam, N, Valero-Elizondo, J, Yahya, T, Comin-Colet, J, Nasir, K, Mauri, J & Cainzos-Achirica, M 2022, , European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 916-924.

Coronary artery calcium is associated with increased risk for lung and colorectal cancer in men and women: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
Dzaye, O, Berning, P, Dardari, ZA, Mortensen, MB, Marshall, CH, Nasir, K, Budoff, MJ, Blumenthal, RS, Whelton, SP & Blaha, MJ 2022, , European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 708-716.

Trends in Characteristics and Outcomes in Primary Heart Failure Hospitalizations Among Older Population in the United States, 2004 to 2018
Minhas, AMK, Ijaz, SH, Jamal, S, Dani, SS, Khan, MS, Greene, SJ, Fudim, M, Warraich, HJ, Shapiro, MD, Virani, SS, Nasir, K & Khan, SU 2022, , Circulation. Heart failure, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. e008943.

Team-based strategies to prevent heart failure
Taha, MB, Patel, KV & Nasir, K 2022, , Current Opinion in Cardiology, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 294-301.

Evaluation of Temporal Trends in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sleep Duration among US Adults, 2004-2018
Caraballo, C, Mahajan, S, Valero-Elizondo, J, Massey, D, Lu, Y, Roy, B, Riley, C, Annapureddy, AR, Murugiah, K, Elumn, J, Nasir, K, Nunez-Smith, M, Forman, HP, Jackson, CL, Herrin, J & Krumholz, HM 2022, , JAMA Network Open, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. E226385.

Cardiometabolic disorders, inflammation and the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A longitudinal study comparing lean and non-lean individuals
Aneni, EC, Saeed, GJ, Bittencourt, MS, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Osondu, CU, Budoff, M, Parise, ER, Santos, RD & Nasir, K 2022, , PLoS ONE, vol. 17, no. 4, e0266505, pp. e0266505.

Coronary artery calcium scores indicating secondary prevention level risk: Findings from the CAC consortium and FOURIER trial
Dzaye, O, Razavi, AC, Michos, ED, Mortensen, MB, Dardari, ZA, Nasir, K, Osei, AD, Peng, AW, Blankstein, R, Page, JH & Blaha, MJ 2022, , Atherosclerosis, vol. 347, pp. 70-76.

Big Data and ASCVD Risk Prediction: Building a Better Mouse Trap?
Nasir, K & DeFilippis, A 2022, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 79, no. 12, pp. 1167-1169.

Delayed medical care due to transportation barriers among adults with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Acquah, I, Hagan, K, Valero-Elizondo, J, Javed, Z, Butt, SA, Mahajan, S, Taha, MB, Hyder, AA, Mossialos, E, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2022, , American Heart Journal, vol. 245, pp. 60-69.

Mean Versus Peak Coronary Calcium Density on Non-Contrast CT: Calcium Scoring and ASCVD Risk Prediction
Dzaye, O, Razavi, AC, Dardari, ZA, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Obisesan, OH, Boakye, E, Nasir, K, Rozanski, A, Rumberger, JA, Shaw, LJ, Mortensen, MB, Whelton, SP & Blaha, MJ 2022, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 489-500.

Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence in Adults With Diabetes in the United States: The National Health Interview Survey 2013-2018
Taha, MB, Valero-Elizondo, J, Yahya, T, Caraballo, C, Khera, R, Patel, KV, Ali, HJR, Sharma, G, Mossialos, E, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2022, , Diabetes care, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 594-603.

Association of Coronary Plaque with Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels and Rates of Cardiovascular Disease Events among Symptomatic Adults
Mortensen, MB, Caínzos-Achirica, M, Steffensen, FH, Bøtker, HE, Jensen, JM, Sand, NPR, Maeng, M, Bruun, JM, Blaha, MJ, Sørensen, HT, Pareek, M, Nasir, K & Nørgaard, BL 2022, , JAMA Network Open, vol. 5, no. 2, e2148139.

Social Determinants of Health Among Non-Elderly Adults With Stroke in the United States
Khan, SU, Acquah, I, Javed, Z, Valero-Elizondo, J, Yahya, T, Blankstein, R, Virani, SS, Blaha, MJ, Hyder, AA, Dubey, P, Vahidy, FS, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2022, , Mayo Clinic Proceedings, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 238-249.

Social determinants of health and obesity: Findings from a national study of US adults
Javed, Z, Valero-Elizondo, J, Maqsood, MH, Mahajan, S, Taha, MB, Patel, KV, Sharma, G, Hagan, K, Blaha, MJ, Blankstein, R, Mossialos, E, Virani, SS, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2022, , Obesity, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 491-502.