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.


Role of coronary artery calcium score in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease
Nasir, K & Cainzos-Achirica, M 2021, , BMJ (Online), vol. 373, pp. n776.

Strengthening the Learning Health System in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Time to Leverage Big Data and Digital Solutions
Wagle, AA, Isakadze, N, Nasir, K & Martin, SS 2021, , Current Atherosclerosis Reports, vol. 23, no. 5, 19.

Use of Advanced CT Technology to Evaluate Left Atrial Indices in Patients with a High Heart Rate or with Heart Rate Variability: The Converge Registry
Cherukuri, L, Birudaraju, D, Kinninger, A, Chaganti, BT, Pidikiti, S, Pozon, RG, Pozon, ACG, Lakshmanan, S, Dahal, S, Hamal, S, Flores, F, Christopher, D, Andreini, D, Pontone, G, Conte, E, Nakanishi, R, ORourke, R, Hamilton-Craig, C, Nasir, K, Roy, SK, Mao, SS & Budoff, MJ 2021, , Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 65-69.

Racial and geographic disparities in influenza vaccination in the U.S. among individuals with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: Renewed importance in the setting of COVID-19
Al Rifai, M, Khalid, U, Misra, A, Liu, J, Nasir, K, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Mahtta, D, Ballantyne, CM, Petersen, LA & Virani, SS 2021, , American journal of preventive cardiology, vol. 5, pp. 100150.

Comparing Risk Scores in the Prediction of Coronary and Cardiovascular Deaths: Coronary Artery Calcium Consortium
Blaha, MJ, Whelton, SP, Al Rifai, M, Dardari, Z, Shaw, LJ, Al-Mallah, MH, Matsushita, K, Rozanski, A, Rumberger, JA, Berman, DS, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Nasir, K & Cainzos-Achirica, M 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 411-421.

Rapid response to drive COVID-19 research in a learning health care system: Rationale and design of the houston methodist COVID-19 surveillance and outcomes registry (CURATOR)
Vahidy, F, Jones, SL, Tano, ME, Carlos Nicolas, J, Khan, OA, Meeks, JR, Pan, AP, Menser, T, Sasangohar, F, Naufal, G, Sostman, D, Nasir, K & Kash, BA 2021, , JMIR Medical Informatics, vol. 9, no. 2, e26773.

Relationship of Preeclampsia With Maternal Place of Birth and Duration of Residence Among Non-Hispanic Black Women in the United States
Boakye, E, Sharma, G, Ogunwole, SM, Zakaria, S, Vaught, AJ, Kwapong, YA, Hong, X, Ji, Y, Mehta, L, Creanga, AA, Blaha, MJ, Blumenthal, RS, Nasir, K & Wang, X 2021, , Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. e007546.

Rapid response to drive COVID-19 research in a learning health care system: Rationale and design of the houston methodist COVID-19 surveillance and outcomes registry (CURATOR)
Vahidy, F, Jones, SL, Tano, ME, Nicolas, JC, Khan, OA, Meeks, JR, Pan, AP, Menser, T, Sasangohar, F, Naufal, G, Sostman, HD, Nasir, K & Kash, BA 2021, , JMIR medical informatics, vol. 9, no. 2, e26773, pp. e26773.,

Sex differences in susceptibility, severity, and outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019: Cross-sectional analysis from a diverse US metropolitan area
Vahidy, FS, Pan, AP, Ahnstedt, H, Munshi, Y, Choi, HA, Tiruneh, Y, Nasir, K, Kash, BA, Andrieni, JD & McCullough, LD 2021, , PLoS ONE, vol. 16, no. 1 January, e0245556, pp. e0245556.

Life's Simple 7 and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: The Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis
Oni, E, Ogunmoroti, O, Allen, N, A-Mallah, MH, Blankstein, R, Martin, SS, Zeb, I, Cushman, M, Joshi, PH, Budoff, MJ, Blaha, MJ, Blumenthal, RS, Veledar, E & Nasir, K 2021, , American Journal of Medicine, vol. 134, no. 4, pp. 519-525.

Contemporary outcomes studies to identify and mitigate the risk in patients with premature cardiovascular disease
Lee, MT, Mahtta, D, Alam, M, Ullah, W, Nasir, K, Hanif, B & Virani, SS 2021, , Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

Coronary Artery Calcium for the Allocation of GLP-1RA for Primary Prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
Cainzos-Achirica, M, Patel, KV, Quispe, R, Joshi, PH, Khera, A, Ayers, C, Lima, JAC, Rana, JS, Greenland, P, Bittencourt, MS, Cardoso, R, Blankstein, R, Blumenthal, RS, Blaha, MJ & Nasir, K 2021, , JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Prevalence and Disparities in Influenza Vaccination Among Patients With COPD in the United States
Saeed, GJ, Valero-Elizondo, J, Mszar, R, Grandhi, GR, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Omer, SB & Nasir, K 2021, , CHEST, vol. 159, no. 4, pp. 1411-1414.

Addressing Gaps in Racial/Ethnic Representation in Familial Hypercholesterolemia Registries: Implications and Recommendations for Equitable Access to Research and Care
Mszar, R, Santos, RD & Nasir, K 2021, , Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Administrative Claims Measure for Profiling Hospital Performance Based on 90-Day All-Cause Mortality following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
Mori, M, Nasir, K, Bao, H, Jimenez, A, Legore, SS, Wang, Y, Grady, J, Lama, SD, Brandi, N, Lin, Z, Kurlansky, P, Geirsson, A, Bernheim, SM, Krumholz, HM & Suter, LG 2021, , Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Thoracic Aortic Calcium for the Prediction of Stroke Mortality (from the Coronary Artery Calcium Consortium)
Obisesan, OH, Osei, AD, Berman, D, Dardari, ZA, Uddin, SMI, Dzaye, O, Orimoloye, OA, Budoff, MJ, Miedema, MD, Rumberger, J, Mirbolouk, M, Boakye, E, Johansen, MC, Rozanski, A, Shaw, LJ, Han, D, Nasir, K & Blaha, MJ 2021, , American Journal of Cardiology.

Coronary artery calcium score for personalization of antihypertensive therapy: A pooled cohort analysis
Parcha, V, Malla, G, Kalra, R, Li, P, Pandey, A, Nasir, K, Arora, G & Arora, P 2021, , Hypertension, pp. 1106-1118.

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events among statin eligible individuals with and without long-term healthy arterial aging
Razavi, AC, Kelly, TN, Budoff, MJ, Bazzano, LA, He, J, Fernandez, C, Lima, J, Nasir, K, Blumenthal, RS, Blaha, MJ & Whelton, SP 2021, , Atherosclerosis.

Derivation of a coronary age calculator using traditional risk factors and coronary artery calcium: The multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis
Blaha, MJ, Naazie, IN, Cainzos-Achirica, M, Dardari, ZA, Defilippis, AP, McClelland, RL, Mirbolouk, M, Orimoloye, OA, Dzaye, O, Nasir, K & Page, JH 2021, , Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 10, no. 6, e019351.

Spatially Weighted Calcium Score beyond Power of Zero: Worth the Effort?
Bittencourt, MS & Nasir, K 2021, , Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, pp. 40-41.