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


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.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: JACC Review Topic of the Week
Cainzos Achirica, M, Glassner, K, Zawahir, HS, Dey, AK, Agrawal, T, Quigley, EMM, Abraham, BP, Acquah, I, Yahya, T, Mehta, NN & Nasir, K 2020, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 76, no. 24, pp. 2895-2905.

Association of particles of lipoprotein subclasses with arterial stiffness in a high-risk working population: the Baptist Employee Healthy Heart Study (BEHHS)
Aziz, M, Gannarapu, S, Humayun, C, Siddiqui, U, Nasir, K & Aneni, EC 2020, , Egyptian Heart Journal, vol. 72, no. 1, 12.

Financial Hardship After Traumatic Injury: Risk Factors and Drivers of Out-of-Pocket Health Expenses
ONeill, KM, Jean, RA, Gross, CP, Becher, RD, Khera, R, Elizondo, JV & Nasir, K 2020, , Journal of Surgical Research, vol. 256, pp. 1-12.

Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases and Premature Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: An Analysis From the VITAL Registry
Mahtta, D, Gupta, A, Ramsey, DJ, Rifai, MA, Mehta, A, Krittanawong, C, Lee, MT, Nasir, K, Samad, Z, Blumenthal, RS, Jneid, H, Ballantyne, CM, Petersen, LA & Virani, SS 2020, , American Journal of Medicine, vol. 133, no. 12, pp. 1424-1432.e1.

Message for Upcoming Chest Pain Management Guidelines: Time to Acknowledge the Power of Zero
Nasir, K, Narula, J & Mortensen, MB 2020, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 76, no. 21, pp. 2433-2435.

Women who experience a myocardial infarction at a young age have worse outcomes compared with men: the Mass General Brigham YOUNG-MI registry
DeFilippis, EM, Collins, BL, Singh, A, Biery, DW, Fatima, A, Qamar, A, Berman, AN, Gupta, A, Cawley, M, Wood, MJ, Klein, J, Hainer, J, Gulati, M, Taqueti, VR, Di Carli, MF, Nasir, K, Bhatt, DL & Blankstein, R 2020, , European heart journal, vol. 41, no. 42, pp. 4127-4137.

Demographic, Regional, and State-Level Trends of Mortality in Patients With Aortic Stenosis in United States, 2008 to 2018
Khan, SU, Kalra, A, Kapadia, SR, Khan, MU, Zia Khan, M, Khan, MS, Mamas, MA, Warraich, HJ, Nasir, K, Michos, ED & Alkhouli, M 2020, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 9, no. 21, pp. e017433.

Prevalence of and sociodemographic disparities in influenza vaccination among adults with diabetes in the United States
Bhugra, P, Mszar, R, Valero-Elizondo, J, Grandhi, GR, Virani, SS, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Vahidy, FS, Omer, S & Nasir, K 2020, , Journal of the Endocrine Society, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 1-5.

Financial Toxicity in Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in the United States: Current State and Future Directions
Khera, R, Valero-Elizondo, J & Nasir, K 2020, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 9, no. 19, pp. e017793.

Coronary Artery Calcium and the Age-Specific Competing Risk of Cardiovascular Versus Cancer Mortality: The Coronary Artery Calcium Consortium
Whelton, SP, Rifai, MA, Marshall, CH, Dardari, Z, Shaw, LJ, Al-Mallah, MH, Rozanski, A, Mortensen, MB, Dzaye, O, Bazzano, L, Kelly, TN, Matsushita, K, Rumberger, JA, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Nasir, K & Blaha, MJ 2020, , American Journal of Medicine, vol. 133, no. 10, pp. e575-e583.

Prevalence, Trends, and Distribution of Nicotine and Marijuana use in E-cigarettes among US adults: The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2016–2018
Uddin, SMI, Osei, AD, Obisesan, OH, El-Shahawy, O, Dzaye, O, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Mirbolouk, M, Orimoloye, OA, Stokes, A, Benjamin, EJ, Bhatnagar, A, DeFilippis, AP, Henry, TS, Nasir, K & Blaha, MJ 2020, , Preventive Medicine, vol. 139, 106175.

Sex differences in coronary artery calcium and mortality from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and all causes in adults with diabetes: The coronary calcium consortium
Wong, ND, Hsu, ARC, Rozanski, A, Shaw, LJ, Whelton, SP, Budoff, MJ, Nasir, K, Miedema, MD, Rumberger, J, Blaha, MJ & Berman, DS 2020, , Diabetes care, vol. 43, no. 10, pp. 2597-2606.

Increasing Sepsis Rates in the United States: Results From National Inpatient Sample, 2005 to 2014
Rubens, M, Saxena, A, Ramamoorthy, V, Das, S, Khera, R, Hong, J, Armaignac, D, Veledar, E, Nasir, K & Gidel, L 2020, , Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, vol. 35, no. 9, pp. 858-868.

Lipoprotein(a) levels and association with myocardial infarction and stroke in a nationally representative cross-sectional US cohort
Brandt, EJ, Mani, A, Spatz, ES, Desai, NR & Nasir, K 2020, , Journal of Clinical Lipidology, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 695-706.e4.

Predictors of coronary artery calcium incidence and progression: The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil)
Cardoso, R, Generoso, G, Staniak, HL, Foppa, M, Duncan, BB, Pereira, AC, Blaha, MJ, Blankstein, R, Nasir, K, Bensenor, IM, Lotufo, PA & Bittencourt, MS 2020, , Atherosclerosis, vol. 309, pp. 8-15.

Temporal Trends in E-Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016 to 2018
Al Rifai, M, Merchant, AT, Nambi, V, Jia, X, Gulati, M, Valero-Elizondo, J, Nasir, K, Ballantyne, CM & Virani, SS 2020, , American Journal of Medicine, vol. 133, no. 9, pp. e508-e511.

Premature Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: What Have We Learned Recently?
Mahtta, D, Khalid, U, Misra, A, Samad, Z, Nasir, K & Virani, SS 2020, , Current Atherosclerosis Reports, vol. 22, no. 9, 44.

The evolving role of coronary artery calcium in preventive cardiology 30 years after the Agatston score
Kapoor, K, Cainzos-Achirica, M & Nasir, K 2020, , Current Opinion in Cardiology, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 500-507.

Digital Phenotyping of Myocardial Dysfunction With 12-Lead ECG: Tiptoeing Into the Future With Machine Learning
Nasir, K & Khera, R 2020, , Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 76, no. 8, pp. 942-944.

Racial and ethnic disparities in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: analysis of a COVID-19 observational registry for a diverse US metropolitan population
Vahidy, FS, Nicolas, JC, Meeks, JR, Khan, O, Pan, A, Jones, SL, Masud, F, Sostman, HD, Phillips, R, Andrieni, JD, Kash, BA & Nasir, K 2020, , BMJ open, vol. 10, no. 8, e039849, pp. e039849.